Roseville wrestling coach believes Panthers quick postseason exit isn’t a sign of things to come
February 20, 2013
WARREN — A number of local grapplers from Roseville’s and East Detroit’s wrestling teams extended their prep seasons after finishing in the top four during districts Feb. 9.
The top finishers in districts moved on to regionals, which took place Feb. 16, after press time. Those who advance through regionals will head to the state finals, slated for Feb. 28-March 2 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Panthers qualified five grapplers for regionals. Junior 171-pounder Tyler Petrone (35-10) placed third to earn his spot; senior 189-pounder Lamar Harris (30-13) finished second in his weight class; senior 103-pounder Luis Santana (31-19) was fourth; senior 135-pounder Nick Rosario (34-16) took fourth; and junior 140-pounder Jeff Fresch (30-12) came in fourth.
East Detroit senior wrestlers Jason Burge and Vince Jordan also qualified for the D-1 regionals.
Burge (42-8) placed fourth in the 160-pound weight class, while Jordan (33-2) placed second at 215 pounds.
Since the top eight wrestlers in each weight class place, Roseville coach Davon Gray’s goal is to have his wrestlers place at the individual finals.
Team portion of the season ends in districts
Gray, in his third year with the Roseville wrestling program, had led the team to back-to-back appearances in the MHSAA state team semis, but a Feb. 6 loss to Warren De La Salle in a D-1 district final halted that run.
“We just didn’t come out and wrestle to the best of our ability,” said Gray, who won individual titles as a wrestler with the Panthers in 1993 and 1994.
“(De La Salle) wrestled really well and deserved to win. They had a good team.”
The Shamrocks, meanwhile, lost to St. Clair Shores Lakeview in the Grosse Pointe North district, which was won by the host team.
The Roseville coach believes his team will return a number of solid grapplers, including Petrone and Fresch. He said he believes the Panthers should have the talent to make another run at the state finals next year.
“We graduate four seniors, but there’s a lot of guys on the team who are ready to step in and compete,” Gray said. “(De La Salle) got the best of us this year, but we’ll be back.”