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Posted: 02/13/13


Senior Alex Christofis really working his opponent in the second round of his overtime match against Stoney Creek.

(Observer photo by Mike Nicley)

Six Romeo wrestlers
will move to Regionals

by RICK DESOTELL
Observer Sports Writer
      Six Romeo High wrestlers will move on in the state tournament; the rest of the team will not.
       The wrestlers were upset 42-34 in the team districts on Wednesday at Romeo by Utica Eisenhower and had to bounce back for individual districts on Saturday at Birmingham Groves.
       "We had a good lineup, but we gave up too many pins,'' said Romeo Coach Jim Cali of his team's loss to Eisenhower. "Two losses came when we were winning the matches. It is like going in to score in football and they intercept it and run it back for a touchdown. It is tough to overcome and a big momentum swing. We still had a chance at the end. You have to give Ike a lot of credit. They came to win and got the job done. We have a good group of kids. It is a tough lesson. It is one of the things you can only experience. This is one of the reasons wrestling is such a great sport. We learn a lot about ourselves. It helps us grow."
       Freshman 125-pounder Tyler Perry (30-8), who finished in third place on Saturday at Groves, will move on to Regionals as will senior 135-pounder Evan Richardson (47-7) who took first.
       Sophomore (152) Seth Decent (33-17) came in third place; senior (160) Alex Christofis (42-10) third place, senior (189) Larry Rekar (39-12) fourth place and freshman (285) Austin Espinoza (10-10) ­ fourth place.
       "Tyler (Perry) is a real treat to watch,'' Cali said. "He wrestled beyond his years and showed he can compete with the best. He kept his composure in a tough semi-final match and just missed the finals. Evan (Richardson) won the tournament at a very competitive weight. He showed he can compete with anyone in the state. He is going to be a real force to reckon with the next few weeks. Seth (Decent) wrestled a terrific tournament. He avenged a loss from Wednesday and competed like a champ all day. He is going to be a tough draw for anyone this weekend.
       "Alex (Christofis) had a truly loaded weight class. He came through like the champ he is. He knows what it takes to win at a high level. I am sure he will be ready this weekend. Larry (Rekar) had a great tournament in a super tough weight class. He keeps a level head throughout his matches and is always in the match no matter who he wrestles. Larry earned his 100th career victory on Saturday. Austin (Espinoza) has been out for a few weeks and came back with a real focus. He does not look or wrestle like a freshman. He mixes it up with the big fellas. He is going to be fun to watch the next few years.
       "We have seen all these kids grow up right before our eyes. They represented the school and community like champs. As coaches, parents, and fans we are very proud of their efforts. We feel the six qualifiers have a great chance to make the state tournament. They will be ready to compete next weekend. It will be a tough, exciting tournament.''
       The regional tournament will be at Rochester High School on Saturday, Feb. 16.
      
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