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Posted: 01/23/13

Wrestlers fill all weight
classes, go 5-0 on day

by RICK DESOTELL
Observer Sports Writer
      For the first time all year, the Romeo wrestlers were able to fill all 14 weight classes this past Saturday and the results were a perfect 5-0 on the day and 7-0 for the week.
       Thursday, Jan. 17, at L'Anse Creuse, the Bulldogs beat L'Anse Creuse 49-42 and Warren Woods Tower 42-33 to improve to 3-1 in the MAC Red.
       Tyler Perry 2-0 (125-pounds), Evan Richardson (135), Evyn Bryant (140), Seth Decent (152), Alex Christofis (160), Larry Rekar (189) and Ryan Naughton (215) all went 2-0 on the night.
       "The flu bug really hit the team hard this week,'' said Romeo Coach Jim Cali. "Half of the team missed practice on Monday and Tuesday. We did get some kids back by Wednesday, but we were still shorthanded on Thursday. We opened the night with a good start against L'Anse Creuse before falling behind 27-9 to Tower. The upper weights came alive to finish with a flurry and scored 31 straight points to get control of the dual meet.''
       On Saturday, Jan.19, at the Holly Duals, Romeo went undefeated on the day with a full squad to take first place ahead of state ranked Birch Run, who they beat 42-38. The Bulldogs also upset third place Holly 31-27 along with a 54-21 win over Mattawan, a 56-18 win over Milford and 51-24 victory against Dearborn Heights Crestwood.
       Cody Martin (103) went 5-0 on the day as did Perry (125), Will Jackson (171), Rekar (189) and Naughton at 215 pounds.
       "The Holly Duals is always a nice tournament in the sense that we see some different teams and always face a few really good teams,'' said Cali, whose team is now 22-11 on the year. "We started the day with a win against a real scrappy Dearborn Heights Crestwood team. We then faced Birch Run who is ranked 4th in Division III and 14th overall, in the next round. They had eight top-ranked kids on the team so we knew they would be real tough but we were able to pull out some tough wins individually and collectively as a team. We wrestled well against Milford and Matawan, but the Holly dual was a real nail-biter. Holly is another top-notch program year in and year out. The match went back and forth going into the last match of the dual when we had a 28-27 lead. It was a fun, exciting end to a terrific dual meet. There were some great individual efforts even when we lost a match or two. Coach Stabley and I were really proud of the guys, especially during a tough week of exams. It is not every week we go 7-0. We still have work to do, but, we really like the direction the team is headed. Enough can't be said about the sacrifices they have made so far. We have juggled the lineup around and wrestled guys out of their weights, and, they have done it willingly without a fuss.''
       The wrestlers have a home meet on Thursday against Anchor Bay at 6 p.m., then will compete in the Macomb-Oakland County tournament on Saturday.
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