Plymouth and Salem’s varsity boys wrestling teams each enjoyed success at weekend tournaments.
Coaches for both teams now hope the positive momentum can carry into Saturday’s Wayne County Championships at Wyandotte Roosevelt (Plymouth is defending champion).
The Wildcats won the third-place match against Saline 39-31, at the Todd Schoenheide Memorial Tournament in Northville.
Salem, meanwhile, went 4-1 at the Waterford Mott Dual Meet Tournament, only losing to Livonia Churchill.
“It’s always hard to tell where your team is at before the first competition of the year,” Plymouth head coach Quinn Guernsey said. “We have stuff we need to work on as a team and you could tell we had a number of first-year starters especially against a very experienced Monroe team.
“But the team rebounded nicely against Saline in the third place match. We’ve developed a friendly rivalry competing with them at this tournament for the last few years.”
The Wildcats went 3-1 in pool play at the Schoenheide tourney, defeating Clarkston’s B team (63-12), Dearborn (55-17) and Skyline (72-6) before falling to eventual tournament champion Monroe, 54-21.
Undefeated for Plymouth on the day were Dylan Dwyer, Hussein Youssef and Michael Jordan.
Also performing well were Brandon Harris, Collin Reed, Nourdeen Hussini, Ethan Shulaw and Ricky Burke.
“We have a lot of good leadership on this team and the guys know what it takes to win,” Guernsey added. “We took some good steps today towards accomplishing what we want by the end of the year.”
Rocks excel at Mott
Salem also had a promising showing at the Mott tournament.
Co-coach Jeremy Henderson noted that the Rocks received solid performances from freshman Nate Gaubatz (3-2); sophomores Akasheed Rai (3-2), Bruce Haslitt (4-1); juniors Andrew Lindsay (3-2), Roy Foster (4-1), Tyler Moore (4-1); seniors Charlie Woody (4-1), Mitchell Gross (4-1) and Caleb McCabe (5-1).
“It was great to see Caleb come through big for us,” Henderson said. “He was coming off being sick so for him to step up was huge.
“Roy Foster also stepped up, only losing to a very tough Pontiac wrestler. I was also very excited to see good performances from Nate Gaubatz and Charlie Woody. It is guys like those that are going to need to keep stepping up to win important duals and they did.”
Henderson added that his team will “have to keep pushing and getting guys in place, but with the right attitude I know this team is capable of anything they want to achieve.”