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Amine carries on family tradition at Catholic Central, wins individual wrestling title

Wrestling   | Jeff Dullack

Amine carries on family tradition at Catholic Central, wins individual wrestling title

 

Auburn Hills - Coming from a highly-competitive family, Myles Amine has a lot to live up to.

He not only carries the athletic gene, but he’s been practically forced into carrying the refuse-to-lose mindset. It’s his heritage.

“It’s always competitive in my family,” joked Amine, who comes from a long line of relatives that have starred in sports at the youth, high school, college and even Olympic levels. “We’re always talking about sports. I have had so many members of my family that were successful at sports.”

So Myles Amine, instead of getting lost in the shuffle or being joked about during the family reunions, has carved his own path and created his own story in the highly-athletic Amine family.

He capped his highly-successful high school wrestling career at Detroit Catholic Central with a 7-6, overtime victory over Flint Carman-Ainsworth’s Millik Dawkins in the Division 1 160-pound individual state finals at the Palace. 

“It’s great to end it with another state championship,” said Amine. “I always have high expectations for myself.”

Amine won in overtime when Dawkins was penalized for fleeing the mat, giving Amine the extra point to finish with his second straight state title and cap the season with a perfect 47-0 record.

“I am not happy it ended that way. I wish I would have scored the point, but it is what it is,” sighed Amine. “I am still glad to win another state title. That was my goal. I wish I would have done it differently.”

The youngest of three siblings, the Brighton resident has more than followed in the footsteps of the Amine legacy. His older brother Malik attended CC and is now at the University of Michigan. That alone is pressure enough to want to follow in the footsteps of an older sibling. 

His sister Michelle played sports at Brighton, his father Mike was a standout athlete at Warren Lincoln, his uncles were multi-sport athletes at CC, while even his grandparents “were Olympic athletes. Everyone is an athlete in my family, or so it seems,” laughed Amine.

 

Amine grew up loving sports, playing soccer and football and even began wrestling in youth programs in Hartland in the third grade. Although he doesn’t compete in organized sports today outside of wrestling, he still loves soccer and football and almost every sport under the sun — with some competitive flair.

 

“Even when I go golfing, I am super competitive,” said Amine. “I hate to lose. I always try to win. I can’t stand losing.”

Amine first walked the halls at CC when he was in middle school. He looked intensely at all of the trophies and the long legacy of success and wanted to be a part of it. 

“There’s a lot of history here at Catholic Central. They have been so successful in wrestling and in a lot of other sports. They also have a very good academic program,” said Amine. “I remember being in the eighth grade, I think, at one of my brother’s meets, when I realized how much I wanted to go to Catholic Central.” 

Humbled by his past defeats and life lessons, Amine is on a journey that has helped him become one of the better wrestlers in Catholic Central’s lore and in the state of Michigan. He finishes with a 153-25 career record, countless tournament championships, two individual state titles and a four state qualifying berths. 

As a freshman, Amine wrestled at 112 and finished as a state qualifier. His sophomore year he finished third in the state at 130, and lost by one point to eventual state champion Austin Ecker of Hartland in the semifinals.

His junior year Amine rose to the top and captured a state title at 140, while this season he was top-ranked wrestler at 160 all year and defended his state title.

He also has won dozens of tournaments in his career, including Oakland County, district and regional titles.

Team-wise, Amine was a part of team state titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and this year led the young Shamrocks into their seventh straight berth in the Elite Eight in Battle Creek and eighth in 10 seasons. CC lost in the state quarterfinals to Davison this season. 

“It’s been an amazing run,” smiled Amine. 

“Coach (Mitch) Hancock has done a great job since he took over (in 2007) with keeping the expectations high and helping us to prepare,” continued Amine. “When I look back, I have a lot to be proud of.”

“He’s an amazing young man,” added Hancock. “He (embodies) everything that Catholic Central stands for. He’s a great athlete, a great student, and a fine young man who represents the Catholic Central community as good as anybody.”

While Amine is ultra-competitive on the playing surface, regardless of sport or activity, he carries the same mantra into the classroom. The Michigan signee also carries a stellar 4.2 GPA with a 28 on his ACT.

“I am actually retaking it soon,” said Amine about his ACT testing. “With Michigan’s business school being so strict, I want to take it again and go for 30. I don’t want to settle.”

Myles Amine doesn’t want to settle for mediocrity, either. He has a school and family tradition to hold up to — and has done a fine job living up to an amazing legacy.

“I wouldn’t have traded the last four years for anything,” concluded Amine.