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WRESTLING: Eight area wrestlers punch state-meet tickets

Eight to states.

That pretty much sums up the performance of the area's wrestlers at Saturday's individual regional tournaments, where a total of eight locals cracked the top four in their weight classes to advance to the state tournament next week at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The best finish was turned in by Fordson's Yahya Talab, who placed second at 160 pounds at the Southgate Anderson Division 1 event.

Talab opened up with a 15-4 major decision over Temperance Bedford, then beat Woodhaven 9-7 to reach the championship match, where he was pinned by Catholic Central.

The senior will take a record of 49-9 to the big dance at The Palace.

Teammate Victor Lindsey also qualified, after placing fourth at 152. He lost his opener on a technical fall to eventual champ Travis Mann of Westland John Glenn, but then pinned Monroe and Livonia Franklin to reach the battle for third and fourth, which he lost via fall to Southgate.

The senior sports a record of 43-11.

Crestwood's Sejad Al-Hussain is the other local qualifier in D-1. He beat Bedford 8-2 in the first round, but then lost a 13-11 major to the eventual champ from Andover. The senior then beat Plymouth's Chase Kallil 9-5 in the blood round before losing a 14-2 major to Ypsilanti Lincoln's Jordan Markey to emerge with an outstanding record of 52-6.

Fordson's Hassan Ajami also qualified for the regional at 130. The junior lost a 9-8 war with Markey in the first round and checked out by losing a 16-4 major to Kallil to finish with a record of 29-10.

Crestwood senior Mohamed Salameh bowed out with a record of 48-9 after losing an 11-2 major to Plymouth and an 11-6 decision to Bedford at 140.

Teammate Jared Hagan won his first match with Bedford 12-10, but lost on a technical fall to CC and dropped a 14-3 major to Northville at 152 to wind up with a record of 26-9.

Fordson's Husam Ateyia was in the field with Talab at 160, but did not advance. The senior lost his debut 14-12 to Woodhaven, pinned Bedford, but then bowed out with a 34-14 record after a 10-3 loss to Plymouth Salem.

There were two area representatives at 171, but neither made the grade. Fordson senior Sehab Natour lost 4-2 to Wayne Memorial, pinned Woodhaven and then got pinned by Bedford in the blood round to finish 33-15. Crestwood sophomore Ahmad El-Sayed was pinned by Woodhaven and lost 3-1 to Farmington to finish 37-17.

Fordson freshman Abe Ajami lost a technical fall to John Glenn and a 21-11 major to Livonia Stevenson at 112 to finish 30-19.

Tecumseh hosted a Division 2 tournament and the area produced five state qualifiers.

Two of them were in the same weight class.

Divine Child's Kevin Hart beat Annapolis' Joe Pila 3-1 in the consolation final at 140 to place third. Hart pinned Southfield, lost a 10-2 major to the eventual champ from Warren Lincoln and then earned a 10-0 major over St. Clair Shores Lakeshore in the blood round.

Pila placed fourth with a 7-2 victory over Avondale, a loss via fall to Riverview and then a 9-4 decision over Southfield.

Hart will head to The Palace with a 40-9 mark, while Pila will take a 42-12 record. Both are seniors.

The other three local qualifiers are all Cougars.

Shawn Cohan placed third at 112. He beat Warren Woods Tower 11-4, lost 6-3 to New Boston Huron's Jon Wellman, won a 3-2 thriller over Melvindale in the blood round and then took another 3-2 battle from Huron's Brandon Brooks in the final round. The sophomore ran his record to 44-8 in the process.

Hunter McCoy also placed third for Annapolis.

The junior ran his record to 49-5 by winning three of his four bouts. McCoy opened with a pin over Madison Heights Lamphere, but then dropped a 14-4 major to the eventual champion from Tecumseh. He bounced back with a pin over Trenton and then accepted a default from Inkster in the match for third and fourth.

Austin Hussing placed fourth at 125 for the Cougars. He was pinned by Warren Lincoln's Riwan Hormiz in the first round, but rebounded with pins over Huron and St. Clair Shores Lakeshore. That set up a rematch with Hormiz, who pinned him again, leaving him with a record of 43-12.

Another five area wrestlers qualified for the regional, but did not advance.

Annapolis junior Jakob Cain earned a 12-1 major over Warren Lincoln in the first round at 215, but lost a 4-2 scrap with the eventual champion from Tecumseh before getting pinned by Gibraltar Carlson to punch out with a 44-10 record.

Divine Child senior Mai MacDonald was pinned by Warren Woods Tower and then lost a 9-8 decision to Tecumseh to wind up with a record of 34-16 at 130.

Teammate Joe McGrath was pinned by Warren Lincoln and Andover at heavyweight to finish his senior year with a 20-5 record.

Robichaud sent two wrestlers to the event and both won a match before being ousted in the blood round.

At 135, Kawon Lawrence pinned Warren Woods Tower before losing 12-5 to Lamphere and 13-5 to Trenton. Wilber Mason earned a wild 14-12 decision over Redford Union in the first round, but got pinned by the eventual champ from Warren Lincoln before dropping a tough 7-6 overtime decision to Southfield.

The individual state tournaments will run Feb. 28-March 2.







Last Updated: 2/19/2013 1:12:24 PM EST

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