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Posted: 01/30/13

Wrestlers contribute to
win at Clash of Counties

Observer Sports Writer
      If they can stay healthy and fill a full lineup, the Romeo High wrestling team could be a real threat come post season which starts for real next week. The Bulldogs, which lost a few close ones due to voids once again this week, still managed to pull off a couple of big victories and now stand at 24-15 overall 3-2 in the MAC Red division.
       "We had to void a weight against Anchor Bay and lost by three on Thursday and could have won a couple of more matches on Saturday in the Macomb-Oakland duals if we hadn't voided a weight there as well,'' said Romeo Coach Jim Cali. "If we can get everyone in the lineup this week for the league tournament and for the team districts coming up, the end of the year will be very exciting."
       Anchor Bay, 35; Romeo, 32:
       Thursday, Jan. 24, at Romeo, the Bulldogs trailed 28-8 before winning five straight matches to take a 32-29 lead heading into the last match on Parents Night.
       Cody Martin (103-pounds), Sam Cali (130), Evan Richardson (135), Will Jackson (171), Nathan Conner (189), Larry Rekar (215) and Ryan Naughton at 185-pounds all won their matches.
       "The boys put everything they had into their matches to make it a very special night,'' said Cali. "Anchor Bay is a very good team and it went right down to the wire. It was a tough, exciting match even though we came up a little short."
       On Saturday, Jan. 26, the wrestlers traveled to Roseville High School to represent Macomb County against Oakland County in the annual "Clash of the Counties."
       Romeo lost to Holly 33-27, Oxford 51-21 and Rochester 39-33 and beat Lake Orion 34-30 and Rochester Adams 35-32 which helped Macomb County to win the tournament 14-11.
       Individual results from the Clash of the Counties:
       103: Martin 3-2, 112: Brian Keelin 1-4, 119: Brett Peterson 0-5, 125: Tyler Perry 3-2, 135: Richardson 5-1, 140: Evyn Bryant 3-2, 145: Hunberto Flores 2-3, 152: Seth Decent 2-3, 160: Jackson 3-2, 171: Alex Christofis 3-1, 171: Conner 0-1, 189: Rekar 3-2, 215: Naughton 4-1, 285: Diego Rodriguez 0-5.
       "It has been a few years since Macomb has won the tournament, but we were well represented against five real good Oakland County teams,'' said Cali, whose team voided the 130-pound weight class all day. "Oxford and Rochester are currently ranked 5 and 6 respectively in the state and the other three teams are no joke. We avenged two earlier losses to Adams and Lake Orion which was pretty good. We have some kids who are really improving and it is awesome to see. They aren't necessarily winning all their matches, but they are competing very well. We look for top competition to challenge ourselves and see what we need to improve on and the boys took the challenge like champs. Three of the five dual meets went down to the very last match. We know what we have to do to get better and we also know we can compete with the top teams. We were fortunate to come out of the tournament healthy and in one piece. It is a pretty brutal tournament where you can't take a match off or you could get hurt."
       Romeo will host L'Anse Creuse North at 6 p.m. Wednesday and travel to Utica Ford for the league tournament this weekend.

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