Seaholm grapplers claim fifth district title in a row

By: Christian Davis | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 15, 2016

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Birmingham Seaholm wrestling coach Neil Tuomi called it a “head and arm” throw, and in the Division 1 team district final Feb. 11 against Bloomfield Hills High, the Maples weren’t shy about using it.

Of the six pins by Seaholm, five came from the move.

“It’s been the go-to for us this season,” Tuomi said, smiling.

The Maples beat the Black Hawks 42-35 for the district title, the fifth straight district championship for the Maples.

“It means a lot for these kids,” Tuomi said. “Everyone came together. We wrestled really well today, and the kids that lost, they gave it their all.”

Both squads won seven matches, but Seaholm earned bonus points in each victory, with six pins and one by void.

By contrast, Bloomfield Hills earned three pins, a technical fall, two decisions and a void.

Seaholm clinched the victory in the second-to-last match of the night with a pin from Mac Fritz at 125 pounds. That gave the Maples a 36-35 lead before the Black Hawks had to void the final weight.

Bloomfield Hills coach Tony Scigliano said that he had to make a last-minute lineup change for the night after an unexpected absence, and that he was proud of his squad.

“Guys bumped up weights from where they might have won their matches, but they did it for the team to try and win it,” Scigliano said.

In the semifinals, Seaholm beat Birmingham Brother Rice 78-6, with the majority of its wins via void.

Bloomfield Hills beat Birmingham Groves 51-21.

Groves coach Joseph Jones said his lineup has been battered with injuries and illnesses.

“The effort was there, but we didn’t have the manpower,” he said, also noting that he expects the majority of the team back next season, along with a large freshman class.

Going into the district, Tuomi knew it would be a battle. The Maples had lost to Groves and Bloomfield Hills earlier in the year.

“It makes the season worthwhile,” he said of the title.

Up next, the Maples take on Warren Mott Feb. 17 at Walled Lake Central for a regional semifinal.

The individual district tournament took place Feb. 13. The top four finishers in each weight class will then head to the regional level Feb. 20. See next week’s edition for the grapplers that earned spots in the state finals March 3-5 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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