Team wrestling districts continued on Thursday at Southgate Anderson. Competing for the first time in Division 2 since 2002, the host Titans were joined by New Boston Huron, Romulus and Romulus Summit Academy North.

On the heels of their third consecutive Huron League title, Huron punched its ticket to the regional round for a fourth consecutive season.

–ANDERSON 60, SUMMIT ACADEMY 12–

The district hosts, in the semifinal match, quickly defeated Summit thanks in large part to a bevy of voids as the Dragons had only seven grapplers for the match. Summit voided in five weight classes, Anderson did so in one, and both double voided in two more.

The remaining six matches all resulted in a pin. The Titans were responsible for five of those, all of them happening in the first round. Johanna Palshan (112), Adrian Rosas (119), Aiden Kuhn (130), Ryan Cacicedo (140) and Ian Norscia (215) were the recipients of those victories by pin. Of note, Palshan with that pin earned her 100th career victory.

The lone win by fall for Summit came courtesy of Omauryon Pruitt (285). 

–HURON 68, ROMULUS 9–

Huron cruised into the finals thanks to Romulus voiding in seven weight classes including the first six to start the match.

The Chiefs earned victories in five of the seven remaining classes. Eric Radulescu (112), Codi Clark (119) and Tyler Short (285) all won by pin while Braden Damiani (215) won by a second-round tech fall and Brendan Damiani won in a 3-0 decision.

Romulus earned a pair of wins in the final two weight classes of the match. Salvador Sanchez (125) won by pin while Steve Baughman (130) won in a 7-6 decision.

–HURON 45, ANDERSON 27–

Aided by four voids from Anderson, Huron was able to muscle through and take out the host Titans.

In the nine non-voided weight classes (Huron voided once at 135), the score was tied at 21-21 all. Huron won four of those, three by pin from Rosen (145), Nelson Poet (160) and Brendan Damiani (285) while Clark (119) won in a 5-1 decision.

Anderson’s five wins came from Rosas (112) and Kuhn (130) by pin and then Norscia (215), Nicholas Schubert (145) and Brennan Emons (152) all won by decision.

Huron coach Jake Shulaw talked after the victory over the Titans about what he liked most from his matmen. Shulaw also talked about where the program is, now having won four district titles in as many seasons and eight in the last 10 years overall.

“Even the matches that we lost, we were getting after (Anderson),” Shulaw said. “We’re not going to get any better if we’re not working hard within each match. I really like to see when we’re scrapping it together like that.

“For me, this is something we expect to do every year,” Shulaw continued. “This has always been our goal, to win the league and win districts. Now we got to take that next step and win at regionals. That’s been the tough one for us.”

For the Titans, they now have been void of a district crown for four consecutive seasons after earning the honor in 13 of the 17 years prior. Summit last won a district title as a team back in 2016; Romulus did so in 2011.

–UP NEXT–

All four schools were scheduled to be a part of a 15-team field for individual districts on Saturday at Gibraltar Carlson. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will qualify for individual regionals, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 22.

Huron, meanwhile, moves on to the team regional round of the state playoffs, which will be held on Wednesday. Searching for their first regional title since 2003, the Chiefs in their regional semifinal match will do battle with Tecumseh, which has ousted Huron in the regional round each of the last three seasons. The winner will take on either Melvindale or Gibraltar Carlson for the championship.

 

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