It was quite a good week for Salem’s varsity boys wrestling team.
After the Rocks last Wednesday won a Division 1 team district title for the first time since 2002, several did well enough at Saturday’s D1 individual district at Westland John Glenn to move on to the regional tournament.
Five Salem wrestlers all told finished in the top-4 in their respective weight classes, the cut to earn spots at Saturday’s D1 individual regional at Saline High School.
Also making individual regional were six from Plymouth (see related article) and two from Canton (Ty Jasman, second at 140; Grant Trotman, fourth at 152).
“We have put in so much work all last summer and all season but it has been so frustrating with injuries and illness keeping our guys out a lot of the season,” noted Salem co-coach Jeremy Henderson. “The results really didn’t show how good we actually were.
“However, (last) week they put it all together winning team districts and getting five individuals to regionals.”
Henderson said this year’s contingent is the program’s largest since seven Salem wrestlers moved on to regionals in 2005.
“I couldn’t be more excited about where this team is going and how they have come together,” he added.
Senior Caleb McCabe finished second at 152 for the team’s top finisher.
Placing third were juniors Cam Shaughnessy (125) and Roy Foster (189) while sophomore Akash Rai finished fourth at 112.
Salem’s fifth regional qualifier was senior Caleb McCabe, who lost by injury default to Foster in the 189-pound bout for third.
“We double entered them at that weight class,” Henderson explained. “You can do that for districts.”
MHSAA DIVISION 1
Feb. 14 at Westland John Glenn
(top 4 advance to regional)
103 pounds: Michael Mars (John Glenn) dec. Stone Moscovic (Detroit CC), 6-0; 3rd: Isiah Berry (Plymouth) dec. Antonio Herrera (Franklin), 2-1.
112: Aaron Rehfeldt (Detroit CC) won by major dec. over Josh Mussen (Churchill), 14-4; 3rd: Johnny DiPonio (Franklin) won by major dec. over Akashdeed Rai (Salem), 8-0.
119: Brandon Harris (Plymouth) dec. Hassan Makled (Dearborn), 10-9; 3rd: Joe Lyon (Detroit CC) p. Jim Behe (Northville), 1:52.
125: Chase Spanos (John Glenn) won by major dec. over Tommy Herrmann (Detroit CC), 12-2; 3rd: Cameron Shaughnessy (Salem) dec. Adam Ross (Franklin), 9-4.
130: Trevor Zdebski (Detroit CC) dec. Abe Ajami (Dearborn Fordson), 10-4; 3rd: Nick Robertson (Franklin) dec. Payton Beneteau (John Glenn), 11-7.
135: Dylan Dwyer (Plymouth) pinned Aidan Wagh (Novi Detroit Catholic Central), 0:47; 3rd place: Evan Davis (Novi) decisoned Brad Speen (John Glenn), 9-2.
140: Nathan Atienza (Livonia Franklin) dec. Ty Jasman (Canton), 8-2; 3rd: Youssef Danaoui (Dearborn) dec. Sterling Schiftar (Plymouth), 9-2.
145: Zac Leck (Livonia Churchill) dec. Chris Kourmariotis (Northville), 3-1; 3rd: Nick Joseph (Detroit CC) dec. John McRoberts (University of Detroit Jesuit), 6-0.
152: Conor Cox (Detroit CC) dec. Caleb McCabe (Salem), 5-4; 3rd: Chase Gardner (Churchill) p. Grant Trotman (Canton), 5:34.
160: Myles Amine (Detroit CC) p. Ahmad Elsayed (Dearborn Heights Crestwood), 1:36; 3rd: Sam Giese (Detroit CC) dec. Kassem Salameh (Crestwood), 3-0.
171: Tyler Morland (Detroit CC) won by injury default over Connor Vaughan (Livonia Stevenson); 3rd: Mitchell Rettig (Franklin) dec. Logan Beaudoin (John Glenn), 7-1.
189: Nick Giese (Detroit CC) p. Hussein Youssef (Plymouth), 2:19; 3rd: Roy Foster (Salem) won by injury default over Mitchell Gross (Salem).
215: Baker Hadwan (Churchill) dec. Ali Beydoun (Crestwood), 9-2; 3rd: Brad Scott (Stevenson) dec. Nate Irvine (John Glenn), 5-2.
285: Ali Wahab (Crestwood) dec. Nick Jenkins (Detroit CC), 7-5; 3rd: Michael Jordan (Plymouth) dec. Jake Mercieca (Churchill), 8-3.