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 Warren Mott 140-pounder Trave’air Barbour looks to slam  St. Clair High’s Joe Postma in a match earlier this season.

Warren Mott 140-pounder Trave’air Barbour looks to slam St. Clair High’s Joe Postma in a match earlier this season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Mott wrestling seeks fifth straight district title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published February 7, 2020

 Warren Mott 285-pound heavyweight Chris Berry wraps up Warren Michigan Collegiate’s Cameron Roetherford during a match earlier this season. The Marauders will battle Troy Athens in a Division 1 district semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Royal Oak High.

Warren Mott 285-pound heavyweight Chris Berry wraps up Warren Michigan Collegiate’s Cameron Roetherford during a match earlier this season. The Marauders will battle Troy Athens in a Division 1 district semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Royal Oak High.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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WARREN — The Warren Mott wrestling team has a different roster than it has had in recent years, but the goals remain the same.

The Marauders, according to coach Paul Salyers, have a more inexperienced team than they have had in winning four straight Division 1 district championships from 2016 to 2019. Even with the graduation of 13 seniors from last year’s team, Salyers and his grapplers still have their sights set on a fifth consecutive district title win.

“We didn’t achieve our goal of winning the (Macomb Area Conference Blue Division) title, but we still have a chance … to win a district title,” Salyers said. “I have put more emphasis on the individual wrestlers getting better each day. We stress being better today than we were yesterday, and being better tomorrow than we are today.”

The Marauders will compete in a D-1 district semifinal against Troy Athens at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Royal Oak High. The other half of the pod comprises Troy High and Royal Oak. The district final in the Royal Oak grouping is at 7 p.m. Feb. 12.  

The winner of the Royal Oak district advances to meet the survivor of the Lake Orion High district in a regional semifinal Feb. 19 at a time and site to be determined.

“Royal Oak and Athens are substantially better this year than they were last year,” Salyers said. “We drew Athens first round and will need to get past them. Troy has Royal Oak in the first round and should be in the finals. We will have our work cut out for us against all (three) schools.”

Salyers said he’s been pleased with the progress of this year’s group. Salyers and his staff set a goal of having the squad ready for the postseason to give the Marauders the best shot at winning a postseason title.

Heavyweights Chris Berry and Isiah Daniels have led the way for Mott, Salyers said. The two met in the championship match at the county invite in December, with Daniels coming out on top. Salyers said he has high hopes for both of those grapplers come the playoffs.

Colin Gaddey, who wrestles at 112 pounds, has shown great improvement over the course of the season. Salyers believes 140-pounder Trave’air Barbour, 171-pounder Noor Shamanna and heavyweight Lucas Glentzer could make some noise in the postseason too.

“We have some other kids who may surprise some folks as they move toward their target weight classes,” Salyers said. “We will see.

“We would of course love to win another district title, but it is not going to define us. Our coaching goal is to make the kids we have into better wrestlers. We are doing that each day. Will they be good enough to claim the district title? I am not sure. As I said before, getting these kids to improve quickly enough to win a district is a daily race with the calendar. Our wrestlers are working hard every day and badly want to continue the legacy of previous years.”

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