Roseville grappler shares accomplishment with mates

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 25, 2016


ROSEVILLE — He was on the mat by himself during the Macomb County Invitational in December, but Roseville High senior 160-pound wrestler Kyle Minor says he could feel the spirit of his teammates and coaches.

Minor won his weight class at the county tournament, which took place Dec. 18-19, beating Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Vince Dolland in the championship match.

The Roseville senior, who has wrestled for the school since his freshman year, called the triumph a huge moment for himself but acknowledged it could help his team too.

“It was my last go-round, so I figured I’d just go out there and leave it all on the mat, and I got the job done,” Minor said. “I think something like that can motivate the entire team. I think the guys seeing somebody they wrestle with every day go out there and win is huge. It shows them they can do things like that too.”

Roseville High wrestling coach Justin Petrone, who graduated from the school in 2004, said he’s proud of Minor and his accomplishment.
Minor called Petrone key to his success.

“He wrestled here and had a lot of success himself,” Minor said of his coach. “Knowing that just makes myself and all the other guys wanna work harder to bring the program some respect.”

Minor and Petrone both hope the Roseville 160-pounder and his teammates can continue their season all the way to the team state finals, set for Feb. 26-27 at Central Michigan University. Roseville most recently advanced to the Division 1 state finals in 2011 and 2012, falling in the state quarterfinals each time.

The individual state finals are set for March 3-5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Minor hopes that’s where his prep career ends — hopefully with a state title. Roseville High has 12 state champions. Petrone won a state title at 152 pounds in 2004. Seventeen Roseville wrestlers have battled their way to state title matches since 1968.

Petrone believes Minor, along with seniors Julio Rosario (152 pounds), Rion May (145) and Karey Winston (140), all have a good shot at making it to The Palace.

“I know this is my, and the other seniors’, last year with the team,” said Minor, one of seven seniors on the Roseville roster. “We want to set the tone for the wrestlers who will be here after we’re gone.

“We’re trying to show them how it’s done so they can follow in our footsteps.”
Roseville next takes the mat for a quad with Utica Eisenhower, Warren Lincoln and Marysville High at 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at Marysville.