Bears claims wrestling regional championship

The Bears won a Division 1 district title, a regional title, had six individual regional qualifiers and one state-meet qualifier this season. Photo courtesy of Facebook

It was a historic season for the Roosevelt wrestling team, which won a Michigan High School Athletic Association team district title and then a regional championship before falling to eventual state runner-up Novi Detroit Catholic Central in the state quarterfinals.

Catholic Central, which beat Roosevelt in the quarterfinals and Hartland in the semifinals, fell 29-24 to Davison in the state championship match.

To start the state tournament, Roosevelt won the district tournament hosted by Lincoln Park. The Bears got a walkover over Edel Ford and then beat Fordson 48-29 for the title. Frodson had beaten host Lincoln Park 48-31 to earn its berth in the district finals.

In the regionals, Woodhaven could not wrestle, so the Bears cruised into the finals, where they edged Westland John Glenn 33-32. Glenn had reached the finals by virtue of a 31-30 win over Livonia Franklin.

The regional title pushed Roosevelt intp the state quarterfinals at Wings Event Center, where they were no match for Catholic Central, losing 67-3.

In the individual tournament, Roosevelt had six wrestlers qualify for regionals.

Max Biundo (125) and Lu Peterson (215) each earned regional championships.

Biundo went 3-0 on the day, ending it with a 6-4 decision over Crestwood’s Hussein Tokko in the finals. Peterson kept his unbeaten season alive with two more victories.

Michael Stathakis (160) was runner-up to Joseph Marano of Edsel Ford in an 8-2 decision. Desmond King (125) and David Cerda (215) each finished in third place  Matt Gardner collected a fourth-place finish.

At regionals, Peterson was the 215-pound champion and qualified for the state finals. Biundo, King and Stathakis each won a match at regionals before bowing out.

At the state finals, Peterson lost 5-3 to Clint Tollison of Grand Ledge before bouncing back to beat Clayton Beleshi of Warren DeLaSalle 6-3.

Peterson’s tournament run ended when he was pinned by Qunicey Salter of Livonia Stevenson.

After the season the Bear’s fine year was recognized when coach Brett Greene was named regional coach of the year.

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