March 1 and March 2, 2019
The Bulldogs sent three wrestlers to compete in the Individual Wrestling State Finals at Ford Field on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2. We had a couple firsts to highlight the weekend to go along with one of our seniors joining some very select company. This was the first time we had two freshmen qualify for the state tournament in the same season. Rylan Watson (103) and Caleb Youngblood (112) both qualified as freshmen. Caleb placed 4th to become the first freshman in Romeo HS history to earn a medal as a freshman. Dominic Todaro (130) has qualified for the state tournament all four years at Romeo. Dominic became one of only 3 wrestlers in the history of Romeo HS to qualify all four years. The other two were Jimmy Borowski and Scotty Norton. Dominic ended up placing 7th overall. It is an experience and honor that nobody can take away from you. All three Bulldog wrestlers represented themselves, their team and their school very well!
Parade of Champions!
MHSAA Championships Results for Romeo
D1-103 Rylan Watson (36-20) Did not place
Champ. Round 1 - Anthony Walker (Catholic Central) 33-10 won over Rylan Watson (Romeo) 36-20 (MD 17-5)
Cons. Round 1 - Gage Schadewald (Anchor Bay) 32-12 won over Rylan Watson (Romeo) 36-20 (Dec 2-1)
Rylan really competed well. He has been improving all year and he showed he belonged with two gutsy performances. Despite the score of the first match Rylan was agressive and had his heart in the right spot. He then lost a 2-1 heartbreaker, but, he certainly gave it all he had and gained some valuable experience. It is a different ball game when you wrestle in front of so many people. Rylan had a great year - 36 wins as a freshman!
Rylan in Round 2 action
D1-112 Caleb Youngblood (42-9) placed 4th
Champ. Round 1 - Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 42-9 won in OT over Ty Cowen (John Glenn) 47-14 (SV-1 5-3)
Quarterfinal - Brendan Ferretti (Dakota) 54-0 won by decision over Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 42-9 (Dec 4-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 42-9 won by dec over Cole Dunn (L`Anse Creuse) 44-8 (Dec 7-1)
Cons. Round 3 - Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 42-9 won over Armando Callejas (BC Lakeview) 42-5 (Dec 5-1)
Cons. Semi - Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 42-9 won in OT over Austin Bashi (West Bloomfield) 41-6 (SV-1 5-3)
3rd Place Match - Andrew Hampton (Stoney Creek) 36-4 won over Caleb Youngblood (Romeo) 42-9 (Dec 6-1)
Caleb saved his best tournament of the year for the last tournament of the year. In a very tough weight class Caleb won a couple of matches in overtime, gave the state champ his best match of the tournament, won in the blood round against a kid who had beaten Caleb twice, and beat the 3rd, 5th and 7th ranked kids in the state on his way to a 4th place medal. He opened up his game on his feet, trusted his instincts and wrestled with great intensity all tournament!
Caleb after Round 1 Overtime win
(He needed to tape his nose or run out of blood time!)
D1-130 Dominic Todaro (49-11) placed 7th
Champ. Round 1 - Dominic Todaro (Romeo) 49-11 won over Tommy Lear (Grand Ledge) 43-7 (Dec 4-0)
Quarterfinal - Camden Trupp (Catholic Central) 41-8 won over Dominic Todaro (Romeo) 49-11 (Dec 9-2)
Cons. Round 2 - Dominic Todaro (Romeo) 49-11 won over Caleb Roumayeh (Grand Blanc) 23-12 (Dec 2-1)
Cons. Round 3 - Mack Hanselman (Clarkston) 40-14 won in OT over Dominic Todaro (Romeo) 49-11 (SV-1 7-5)
7th Place Match - Dominic Todaro (Romeo) 49-11 won by dec over Andrew Barrett (Dakota) 39-16 (Dec 7-1)
Dominic set high goals this year. His intention to win the tournament was derailed in the quarterfinals. One of the hardest things to do in wrestling is to bounce back and compete in the blood round right after a tough loss. Dominic had to do that. In the blood round he came against a very motivated wrestler from Grand Blanc. To his credit, Dominic pulled out a big win in a tough position. On Saturday Dominic had to bounce back again. This time it was an overtime loss against a familiar foe he had to deal with. Fortunately, Dominic pulled it together again to get his hand raised one more time. Dominic had a great year and cemented his legacy as one of the top wrestlers to walk the halls of Romeo High School!
Coach Todaro and Dominic after last match
(Yes, that is blood - we saw a lot of that this weekend)
Romeo State Qualifiers after warm-up
(Getting ready to get ready!)