It was a crazy week of trying to figure out the line-ups for Saturday, January 29th. We had 16 of our 40 wrestlers out for various reasons. The projected line-up literally changed by the hour all week. After originally having 3 tournaments lined up, we had to cancel the Fenton JV and try to piece together Varsity A and Varsity B teams for Saline and Flint Southwestern. Thankfully we were able to put a couple competitive teams together
Romeo Varsity A took 3rd of 16 at the Saline Super Duals despite voiding heavyweight all day. Saline was a 16 team tournament filled with great competition in all 4 pools. Romeo won pool play by total points scored criteria. There was a round robin with Romeo, Saline, and Belleville. Saline fielded a senior dominated line-up and Belleville had a very scrappy, well-balanced team.
The Bulldogs had Middleville Thornapple Kellogg in the semifinals. Middleville is a very experienced team with a great history. Romeo lost 26-37 and dropped down to face always tough Oxford for third place. Romeo found themselves down by 11 with three matches to go. The Bulldogs pulled out an exciting finish to top Oxford 35-31. It was a great day of wrestling and a chance for some younger guys to get a taste of varsity wrestling at it’s finest!
Here are the box scores from the Saline Super Duals:
Middleville Thornapple Kellogg Dual:
The Romeo Varsity B team took 5th out of 10 teams at the Tamonta Hill Team Tournament at Flint Southwestern High School.
Romeo Beat Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Flint Southwestern, and Flint Harmad and lost to Lakeville and Groves.
The Bulldogs traveled to Dakota to face two MAC Red opponents on Thursday, January 27th. The big match of the night was against state-ranked, Dakota. Romeo had Dakota in the first round and the match did not disappoint!
Romeo had a rough start to the dual and was behind 33-6 before running off 6 straight wins. It was a great effort to close the gap and finish strong, but, in the end, Romeo ended up on the short end 29-33.
Romeo took care of business in the nightcap beating Chippewa Valley 71-9
All the Bulldog wrestlers were busy on Saturday, January 22. The varsity A team went to Holt, the varsity B team went to U of D and the JV went to Utica.
The Holt tournament had 14 teams and some fantastic competition. Romeo only had 12 of the 14 weight classes covered which made it a little difficult, but, the Bulldogs wrestled tough all day! After winning the first 3 dual meets, Romeo had state-ranked and always tough Holt and Bedford to finish the day. After a tough loss to Holt that had turned into a crazy, controversial dual the Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker in the last match to Bedford. There was a lot to be excited about with much improvement from all wrestlers. A few tough individual losses in each dual could have easily turned the tables on the final score.
Here are the top 4 team places and the team scores:
Romeo 72 Walled Lake Western 0 Romeo 54 Traverse City Central 13 Romeo 33 Wayndotte 24 Romeo 18 Holt 43 Romeo 25 Bedford 30
112 / 119 Owen Youngblood 2-2 112 / 119 Drake Garrisi 2-2 125 Jake Turley 4-0 130 Rylan Watson 3-2 135 Alex Angelo 5-0 140 Luke Packan 2-3 145 James Rivers 3-1 152 Marcus Donovan 1-1 152 / 160 Tyler Pressel 2-3 160 Nathan Miller 2-1 171 Brayden Mirjavadi 4-0 189 Brenton Wehrley 2-2 215 Ian Antonelli 3-1
The varsity B team competed in the 10-team U of D tournament. Romeo had a great day by defeating 4 varsity A teams before falling to the Catholic Central B team in the finals. There were some great individual efforts that combined to make a total team effort and a successful day!
Here are the team scores:
Romeo 60 Plymouth Canton 18 Romeo 33 Grosse Pointe South 31 Romeo 60 Plymouth Salem 18 Romeo 42 Cousino 42 (Romeo won by the 6th criteria) Romeo 27 Catholic Central 51
103 Sean Williams 3-2 112 Blake Barnett 3-2 119 Jeffrey Damschroder 3-2 125 Justin Cooper 5-0 130 Noah Williams 4-1 135 Jack Zehnder 4-1 140 Jackson LaForge 3-2 145 Trevor McCartney 1-4 152 John Jaynes 3-2 160 Chris Rexford 2-3 171 Brendan Rivetto 3-2 215 Austin Finley 4-1
The Romeo JV wrestlers went into action at Utica High School. It was great getting experience for many of the newer wrestlers.
The MAC Red division dual meet season was put on a one week hold because of Covid. Romeo had to cancel the opening dual with Anchor Bay last week, but, opened on Wednesday, January 19 with a couple big wins against Warren Woods Tower and Utica Ford. The team improved to 13-4 overall and 2-0 in the MAC Red.
Many of the Bulldog wrestlers came out of quarantine this week and the timing couldn’t have been better. It is the time of year to start making a push toward the state tournament and a full team will make it that much more exciting!
On Saturday, January 8, 2022 the Varsity wrestlers went to Catholic Central to participate in the toughest invitational in the state. It was a mix of great teams and outstanding individuals! In some weight classes the competition was as good as you will see in the state finals.
We went into the tournament to challenge ourselves and work on things we have been doing at practice.
We definitely had a challenge and we made some progress at the same time. Many times the improvements are subtle and individual. In terms of our goals going in, it was a great day.
At the same time the JV wrestlers went to Lake Orion to participate in a round robin tournament. The goals were the same…work on things we have been doing in practice.
Not only did the JV wrestlers improve, but, some of them really competed very well!
Catholic Central Invitational Team Scores:
1 Davison HS 243.5 2 Dundee HS 154.0 3 Detroit Catholic Central Blue 138.5 4 Hartland HS 125.0 5 Brighton HS 99.5 6 Goodrich HS 97.5 7 Rockford HS 84.0 8 Dakota HS 82.0 9 Grandville HS 75.0 10 John Glenn HS (Bay City) 70.5 11 Romeo HS 64.5 12 Oxford HS 53.0 13 Stoney Creek HS 37.5 14 Traverse City Central HS 29.0 15 Holly HS 25.5 16 Detroit Catholic Central White 7.0
Detroit Catholic Central Invitational Results for Romeo HS
189 Brenton Wehrley (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Quarterfinal – Ryan Ahern (Rockford) won by major dec over Brenton Wehrley (Romeo) (MD 19-7)
Cons. Semi – Carlos Alverado (Grandville) won in OT over Brenton Wehrley (Romeo) (SV-1 5-3)
215 Ian Antonelli (3-5) place is unknown and scored 3.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Ian Antonelli (Romeo HS) won by dec over Brad Haver (Dakota HS) (Dec 3-0)
Quarterfinal – Jimmy Colley (Davison) won by fall over Ian Antonelli (Romeo) (Fall 1:05)
Cons. Round 2 – Ian Antonelli (Romeo) won by decision over Gabe Stouffer (Rockford) (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Semi – Remington Soper (Traverse City Central) won over Ian Antonelli (Romeo) (Fall 0:16)
285 Jake Murray (2-3) placed 6th and scored 7.0 team points.
Quarterfinal – Hunter Winchell (BC John Glenn) won over Jake Murray (Romeo) 2-3 (Fall 0:30)
Cons. Semi – Jake Murray (Romeo) won by fall over George Liangis (Catholic Central ) (Fall 2:30)
5th Place Match – Luke Guerra (Rockford) won by fall over Jake Murray (Romeo) (Fall 1:47)
112 Owen Youngblood (8-2) placed 6th and scored 8.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Owen Youngblood (Romeo) won over Zach Call (Oxford) (MD 14-5)
Quarterfinal – Josh Vasquez (Grandville) won by dec over Owen Youngblood (Romeo) (Dec 7-6)
Cons. Round 2 – Owen Youngblood (Romeo) won by dec over Jaxon Sanchez (Grandville) (Dec 4-0)
Cons. Semi – Owen Youngblood (Romeo) won over Michael Cannon (Catholic Central) (Dec 7-1)
5th Place Match – Kade Kluce (Dundee) won by decision over Owen Youngblood (Romeo) (Dec 8-2)
119 Drake Garrisi (4-3) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Cade Odrobina (Stoney Creek) won by fall over Drake Garrisi (Romeo) (Fall 2:53)
Cons. Round 1 – Jaron Muratore (Grandville) won over Drake Garrisi (Romeo) (MD 12-1)
125 Jake Turley (1-4) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Kyle Smith (Dundee) won by fall over Jake Turley (Romeo HS) (Fall 0:58)
Cons. Round 2 – Lane Huizar (BC John Glenn) won over Jake Turley (Romeo) (MD 12-1)
130 Rylan Watson (5-3) place is unknown and scored 1.0 team points.
Quarterfinal – Ethan Kinch (Hartland) won by major decision over Rylan Watson (Romeo) (MD 13-4)
Cons. Round 2 – Rylan Watson (Romeo) won by decision over Luke Francis (Goodrich) (Dec 3-0)
130 Alex Angelo (6-3) placed 5th and scored 9.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Alex Angelo (Romeo) won by decision over Luke Francis (Goodrich) (Dec 7-6)
Quarterfinal – Elijah Bunn (Rockford) won by decision over Alex Angelo (Romeo) (Dec 5-4)
Cons. Semi – Alex Angelo (Romeo) won by decision over Easton Hardesty (Brighton) (Dec 8-2)
5th Place Match – Alex Angelo (Romeo) won in tie breaker over Luke Johnson (Oxford) (TB-1 2-1)
135 Caleb Youngblood (6-2) placed 2nd and scored 20.0 team points.
Quarterfinal – Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) won by major over Nolen Weber (Goodrich) (MD 12-0)
Semifinal – Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) won by major over Brendan Maybee (Davison) (MD 9-0)
1st Place Match – Aiden Smith (Brighton) won by dec over Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) (Dec 4-2)
140 Luke Packan (2-4) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Luke Packan (Romeo( won by fall over Nathen Westcott (Rockford) (Fall 1:10)
Quarterfinal – Carsen Richards (Goodrich) won by fall over Luke Packan (Romeo HS) (Fall 3:55)
Cons. Round 2 – Ryan Thompson (Oxford) won by decision over Luke Packan (Romeo) (Dec 7-3)
145 James Rivers (7-2) placed 6th and scored 8.5 team points.
Quarterfinal – Austin Alkazir (Dakota HS) won by dec over James Rivers (Romeo HS) (Dec 2-1)
Cons. Round 2 – James Rivers (Romeo) won over Cole Grifhorst (Grandville) (TF-1.5 3:43 (18-2))
Cons. Semi – James Rivers (Romeo) won over Steven Shellenberger (Catholic Central) (Fall 1:20)
5th Place Match – Justin VanVaerenbergh (Hartland) won over James Rivers (Romeo) (Fall 2:31)
152 Joshua McMillan (7-2) place is unknown and scored 4.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Joshua McMillan (Romeo) won by dec over Louis Bosscher (Rockford) (Dec 8-5)
Quarterfinal – Max Callahan (Davison) won by fall over Joshua McMillan (Romeo) (Fall 0:45)
Cons. Round 2 – Joshua McMillan (Romeo) won by major dec over Jaydon Ball (Davison) (MD 9-0)
Cons. Semi – Logan Demarest (BC John Glenn) won over Joshua McMillan (Romeo) (Dec 6-3)
160 Nathan Miller (0-3) place is unknown and scored 0.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 – Connor Collins (Dundee) won by decision over Nathan Miller (Romeo) (Dec 4-3)
Cons. Round 2 – Lee Krueger (Catholic Central) won by dec over Nathan Miller (Romeo) (Dec 5-2)
Lake Orion JV Invitational Results for Romeo HS
103 Sean Williams 1-2 112 Blake Barnett 3-1 119 Mina Bowman 0-4 119 Paul Randazzo 1-2 119 Jeffrey Damschroder 2-2 125 Landin Sylaj 3-0 130 Noah Williams 3-1 135 Edgar Martinez 3-0 135 Carter DiMercurio 1-3 140 Trevor McCartney 2-2 152 Marcello Ioco 2-2 152 John Jaynes 3-1 171 Brendan Rivetto 3-1 285 Iban Contreras 3-0