Romeo Has 9 Qualify for Regionals

Romeo traveled to Waterford Kettering to compete in the Individual District Tournament on Saturday, March 20.  Before Romeo made it to Waterford on Saturday the Bulldogs got some bad news on Friday.  A positive Covid test and two close contacts later Romeo was left short-handed.  It was some pretty devastating news for the three wrestlers, their families and the team.  Since all wrestlers had to be entered into the tournament by noon on Friday, there was no chance to put any other wrestlers in to take their place.

Before the bad news, we were very optimistic about all 14 wrestlers advancing.  In hindsight all 14 wrestlers would have/did have a great shot at advancing.  Nine of the 11 wrestlers placed and will wrestle next week in the Individual Regionals at Davison HS.  The two who didn’t make it were a match away losing in the blood round.  

Overall Saturday was a great day as five Romeo wrestlers made it to the finals!

MHSAA District 2-1 Results for Romeo

145  Marcus Donovan (4-6) placed 4th

  • Champ. Round 1 – Marcus Donovan (Romeo) 4-6 won by dec over Ethan Lefevre (Clarkston) 7-6 (Dec 6-1)
  • Quarterfinal – Marcus Donovan (Romeo) 4-6 won by dec over Drew Brown (Rochester Adams) 8-4 (Dec 5-2)
  • Semifinal – Noah Tgiros (Henry Ford II) 16-1 won by fall over Marcus Donovan (Romeo) 4-6 (Fall 3:56)
  • Cons. Semi – Marcus Donovan (Romeo) 4-6 won by dec over Adam Bazzi (Roch Stoney Creek) 14-8 (Dec 5-4)
  • 3rd Place Match – Brayden Mirjavadi (Romeo) 10-1 won by dec over Marcus Donovan (Romeo) 4-6 (Dec 6-3)

145  Brayden Mirjavadi (10-1) placed 3rd

  • Quarterfinal – Brayden Mirjavadi (Romeo) 10-1 won major dec over Adam Bazzi (Stoney Creek) 14-8 (MD 10-0)
  • Semifinal – Jack Smith (Oxford) 18-2 won in sudden victory over Brayden Mirjavadi (Romeo) 10-1 (SV-1 3-1)
  • Cons. Semi – Brayden Mirjavadi (Romeo) 10-1 won by dec over Drew Brown (Rochester Adams) 8-4 (Dec 7-2)
  • 3rd Place Match – Brayden Mirjavadi (Romeo) 10-1 won by dec over Marcus Donovan (Romeo) 4-6 (Dec 6-3)

152  Tyler Pressel (15-7) place is unknown

  • Champ. Round 1 – Tyler Pressel (Romeo) 15-7 won by dec over David VanDaele (Eisenhower) 10-11 (Dec 9-3)
  • Quarterfinal – Tyler Pressel (Romeo) 15-7 won by fall over Emilio Donato (Rochester) 15-7 (Fall 3:18)
  • Semifinal – Grady Castle (Clarkston) 19-2 won by decision over Tyler Pressel (Romeo) 15-7 (Dec 7-2)
  • Cons. Semi – Kevin Gibbons (Rochester Adams) 14-3 won by fall over Tyler Pressel (Romeo) 15-7 (Fall 4:14)

160  Carson Kohl (8-3) placed 4th

  • Quarterfinal – Carson Kohl (Romeo) 8-3 won by fall over Kaiden Bayer (Utica Eisenhower) 7-9 (Fall 0:53)
  • Semifinal – Jack Wilson (Waterford Kettering) 13-8 won by major dec over Carson Kohl (Romeo) 8-3 (13-2)
  • Cons. Semi – Carson Kohl (Romeo) 8-3 won by fall over Jake Schuman (Stoney Creek) 6-9 (Fall 3:37)
  • 3rd Place Match – John Lord (Clarkston) 12-9 won by fall over Carson Kohl (Romeo) 8-3 (Fall 2:54)

171  Joseph Hauler (16-4) placed 2nd

  • Quarterfinal – Joseph Hauler (Romeo) 16-4 won by decision over Mark Crossen (Henry Ford II) 5-6 (Dec 5-1)
  • Semifinal – Joseph Hauler (Romeo) 16-4 won by decision over Luke Sheppard (Troy) 20-6 (Dec 7-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Hayden Payne (Clarkston) 16-4 won by major dec over Joseph Hauler (Romeo) 16-4 (12-3)

103  Owen Youngblood (20-3) placed 2nd

  • Quarterfinal – Owen Youngblood (Romeo) 20-3 won by fall over Brady Vogt (Clarkston) 7-11 (Fall 2:53)
  • Semifinal – Owen Youngblood (Romeo) 20-3 won by fall over Ian Guisinger (Utica Eisenhower) 17-4 (Fall 1:53)
  • 1st Place Match – Zack Gittens (Stoney Creek) 25-3 won by dec over Owen Youngblood (Romeo) 20-3 (5-0)

112  Justin Cooper (12-7) placed 2nd

  • Quarterfinal – Justin Cooper (Romeo) 12-7 won by fall over Minh Giang (Troy Athens) 13-6 (Fall 1:08)
  • Semifinal – Justin Cooper (Romeo) 12-7 won by decision over Zach Call (Oxford) 17-8 (Dec 6-4)
  • 1st Place Match – Cade Odrobina (Stoney Creek) 21-5 won by fall over Justin Cooper (Romeo) 12-7 (Fall 2:34)

119  Jack Zehnder (14-5) placed 4th

  • Champ. Round 1 – Jack Zehnder (Romeo) 14-5 won by major decision over Nathan Guty (Utica) 12-13 (9-0)
  • Quarterfinal – Justin Corcoran (Waterford Kettering) 18-3 won by dec over Jack Zehnder (Romeo) 14-5 (5-0)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Jack Zehnder (Romeo) 14-5 won by dec over Gerardo Sierra (Rochester) 14-12 (Dec 8-2)
  • Cons. Semi – Jack Zehnder (Romeo) 14-5 won by decision over Justin Surrett (Troy) 22-4 (Dec 3-0)
  • 3rd Place Match – Justin Corcoran (Kettering) 18-3 won by dec over Jack Zehnder (Romeo) 14-5 (Dec 4-3)

130  Rylan Watson (5-5) place is unknown

  • Quarterfinal – Ryan Rector (Clarkston) 7-5 won by fall over Rylan Watson (Romeo) 5-5 (Fall 2:26)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Rylan Watson (Romeo) 5-5 won by fall over Caden Christie (Troy Athens) 10-8 (Fall 2:59)
  • Cons. Semi – Jacob Postle (Waterford Kettering) 17-6 won by fall over Rylan Watson (Romeo) 5-5 (Fall 3:34)

140  Caleb Youngblood (20-2) placed 1st

  • Quarterfinal – Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 20-2 won by fall over Vinny El-Khoury (Troy Athens) 9-7 (Fall 0:26)
  • Semifinal – Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 20-2 won by major dec over Sam Pizzo (Rochester) 20-4 (MD 14-0)
  • 1st Place Match – Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 20-2 won by tech over Connor Kohl (Romeo) 17-4 (16-1)

140  Connor Kohl (17-4) placed 2nd

  • Champ. Round 1 – Connor Kohl (Romeo) 17-4 won by fall over Ben Dunn (Waterford Mott) 5-9 (Fall 0:08)
  • Quarterfinal – Connor Kohl (Romeo) 17-4 won by fall over Miles Curtis (Utica) 18-7 (Fall 3:45)
  • Semifinal – Connor Kohl (Romeo) 17-4 won by decision over Gabriel Gipe (Clarkston) 16-10 (Dec 6-2)
  • 1st Place Match – Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 20-2 won by tech fall over Connor Kohl (Romeo) 17-4 (16-1)

Romeo Regional Qualifiers:

 From left to right:  Joey Hauler (12), Connor Kohl (12), Owen Youngblood (9), Caleb Youngblood (11), Justin Cooper (9), Jack Zehnder (9), and Carson Kohl (12)

Missing from the picture: Marcus Donovan (10) and Brayden Mirjavadi (10)