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Birmingham Seaholm wrestling falls in regional semifinal

February 19, 2013

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Birmingham Seaholm’s Anthony Saadatjoo works for a pin against his Utica Eisenhower opponent Feb. 13 at Oxford High in a D-1 regional semifinal. Saadatjoo won his match, but the Maples fell 40-36.

OXFORD — The Birmingham Seaholm wrestling season came to a close Feb. 13 at Oxford High in a Division 1 regional semifinal.

The Maples fell to Utica Eisenhower 40-36, with the match coming down to the final bouts.

“It was about as exciting as it could get,” Seaholm coach Neil Tuomi said. “It was a great effort, and all my seniors went out with a win, so I’m happy for them.”

The seniors are Sam Gomez, Tim List and Erik Adams.

Gomez won his 160-pound match with a second-period pin; List won with a first-round fall at 140; and Adams pinned his opponent in the second round of his 130-pound match.

“It felt really good,” List said. “Last season, I went out and got pinned when my team needed me. This time, I went out there and got the pin for them.”

List, a state qualifier last season and county placer this season, finishes his career with more than 100 wins. Battling illness, he failed to get out of the individual district last week.

“It’s been a very up-and-down year. There have been good times and bad times,” he said. “I’m not overly upset. … It’s one chapter in my life closing.”

The Maples also received victories from Chris Saadatjoo at 152 (pin); Dakota Tuomi at 171 (pin); and Anthony Saadatjoo at 189 (pin).

In total, Seaholm won six of its 14 matches, all by pins, but had to give up six points due to a void.

The Maples finish 15-12 overall and with their third district title in four years.

“It was just different kid stepping up at different times,” Tuomi said. “I’m very happy for these guys. They need to know and understand that they’re a good team.”

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