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Lincoln Park's Sonny Botello (top) and Woodhaven's Justin Patton squared off for the individual title at 171 pounds during Saturday's Downriver League Meet. Patton's eventual victory was one of six first-place finishes for the Warriors, who won the meet and the league. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
WRESTLING: Woodhaven rebounds from earlier loss and wins DRL Meet, league title (PHOTOS)
Carlson's Zach Underwood won an individual title at 215 pounds at Saturday's Downriver League Meet. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
The Woodhaven Warriors celebrated a Downriver League Meet championship and a league title Saturday in Wyandotte. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
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Two days later, at the Downriver League Meet in Wyandotte, the Warriors decided to do something about it.
With 207.5 points, and six individual titles, Woodhaven edged Trenton (203.5) for first place at the meet and clinched the league title. The Warriors, Trenton and Anderson came in with identical 6-1 league records, meaning Saturday’s winner decided the DRL crown.
“When we got beat in the last match (Thursday), it was a referee decision,” said Woodhaven Coach Rudy Weirich. “We had the kid pinned, he broke the hold; we ended up losing the dual.
“The kids were fired up. They came back because they got robbed and they came in here to prove a point.”
Helping to prove that point was the Warriors’ Devin McClain (125), who suffered the tough loss Thursday, but bounced back Saturday to beat Trenton’s Ian Collier in a rematch for first place.
Aside from McClain, the other Woodhaven individual titles belonged to Xavier Graham (103), Hunter Grasso (119), Jared Ammons (160), Justin Patton (171) and Derek Hillman (189). Earning a second-place finish for the Warriors was Billy Duncan (152).
Trenton’s only first-place finisher was Ean Purcell (285), but the squad sent a total of 10 wrestlers to the podium.
Runners up for the Trojans were Brandon Russo (112), Collier (125), Connor Charping (130), Nolan Rickman and Vince Bartaway (160). In third place for Trenton were Jackson Rickman (119), Jack Thomas (189) and Josh Berry (215).
Anderson finished third for the day, with 191 points, and third in the league standings, as Donte-Rivera Garcia (112), Logan Parks (140), Jacob Balogh (145) all brought home individual titles.
Finishing in second for the Titans were Chris Pauly (189) and Cody Tis (215), while Dylan Hoagland (103) and Cody Stanley (152) took third.
Fourth place at the meet belonged to Carlson, which scored a total of 151 points and had 10 total wrestlers finish between first and fourth place.
The Marauders’ Zach Underwood (215) took first, while Jerry Lakos (103) finished as a runner up and both Mason Brott (125) and Andy Mydloski (171) were third.
In fourth for the Marauders were Brent Neasz (119), Billy Gibson (130), Travis Derossett (145), Alex Franco (145), Max Underwood (152) and Jordan Ferrell (160).
Roosevelt’s 109 points earned the host Bears a fifth-place meet finish.
Collin Vargo (135) and Quentin Santiago (152) both won individual titles in their home gym and teammate David Marshall (285) claimed third.
Lincoln Park had finished seventh in the league, but scored 104 points Saturday to take sixth at the DRL Meet.
The Railsplitters came away with three runners up in Quinn Chapman (145), Sonny Botello (171) and Jordan Hottum (285), while Tyler Castillo (112) and Trever Anderson (130) both took third.
Melvindale’s 100.5 points landed the squad in seventh on Saturday.
Ameer Munassar (130) won an individual title for the Cardinals, Julian Saldana (119) was second and both Skylar Slotka (135) and Nathan Derocco took third.
The eight-team field was rounded out by Allen Park, which scored 54.5 points for the day.
Dan Schmidt (140) was a runner up for the Jaguars and Jake Chapman (160) was third.
On Wednesday or Thursday all of the squads will compete at team districts, while individual districts will be held Saturday.
Woodhaven - 207.5
Trenton – 203
Anderson – 191
Carlson – 151
Roosevelt – 109
Lincoln Park – 104
Melvindale – 100.5
Allen Park – 54.5
Final DRL Standings
Woodhaven 6-1 – 22 points
Trenton 6-1 – 21 points
Anderson 6-1 – 20 points
Carlson 4-3 – 15 points
Melvindale 3-4 – 10 points
Roosevelt 2-5 – 10 points
Lincoln Park 1-7 – 7 points
Allen Park 0-7 – 3 points
Last Updated: 2/1/2014 11:22:19 PM EST