Warren De La Salle wrestlers and coaches pose with their district championship trophy after a Feb. 7 district final win over Roseville High.

Warren De La Salle wrestlers and coaches pose with their district championship trophy after a Feb. 7 district final win over Roseville High.

Photo by Jason Carmel Davis


De La Salle wrestling headed to regionals after district final win over Roseville

Pilots advance for first time since 2015

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published February 7, 2018

FRASER — The Warren De La Salle wrestling team will make its first trip to regionals since 2015 after a 49-21 win over Roseville High in a Division 1 district final Feb. 7 at Fraser High.

The Pilots advance to face Macomb Dakota in a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. Feb. 14 at Dakota. The Panthers end the season at 6-4.

“This is a veteran team. Our lineup is filled with guys who have been around. I think we started the season with 11 seniors in the lineup,” De La Salle coach Bob Szukala said. “This is the goal we’ve pushed toward all year.”

The Pilots in the district final got pins from senior Reginald Bostock (171 pounds), senior Antonio King (heavyweight) and freshman James Schnoblen (125). De La Salle led 9-0 after two matches and jumped out to a 25-6 advantage after six of 14 bouts.

The Panthers, looking for their first district title since 2012, got pins from senior Marcus Fresch (215) and senior Michael Lineberger (119). 

De La Salle got 18 points by way of void, as Roseville didn’t field wrestlers at 112, 140 and 152 pounds. The Panthers, who beat Sterling Heights High 54-12 to get to the district final, got a win via void at 160.

“We had a pretty bad last month of the season as far as injuries and other things, so we were kind of short-handed,” Roseville coach Justin Petrone said. “You can’t win a match giving up three voids. We’re a young team. The young guys fought, and they’ll be back.”

De La Salle got to the district final with a 36-33 win over Fraser. King picked up what Szukala called a huge pin in the match.

“We had to have that one,” Szukala said. “Fraser is a deeper team than us in terms of being able to move guys around to different weights, so we had to go out and get it done on the mat.”

Roseville as Petrone said is a young team. The Panthers lose seven wrestlers to graduation, including Fresch and Lineberger. The team has 11 wrestlers eligible to return next season, including sophomores Ryan Charles, Jayden Salzer and Robert Brandon, and freshman Dennis McMillan — all of whom were in the Panthers lineup for the district final.

“Those guys will be ready next season,” Petrone said.

Szukala said his team heading into regionals must focus on countering when faced with takedown attempts.

“We know our next opponent is going to be tough, so we have to be ready to counter everything,” Szukala said.