Seaholm wrestling earns D-1 district crown

Maples win fifth title in a row

By: Christian Davis | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 11, 2016

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Birmingham Seaholm wrestling pinned its way to a fifth straight district championship.

The Maples beat host Bloomfield Hills High 42-35 Feb. 11 for the Division 1 title.

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

In the final, 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.

Of the six falls by Seaholm, five came from a head-and-arm throw.

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

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.

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

Bloomfield Hills beat Birmingham Groves 51-21.

Bloomfield Hills coach Tony Scigliano said that he had to make a last-minute lineup change for the night after an unexpected absents, 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.

Earlier in the season, Seaholm had lost to both Bloomfield Hills and Groves in the final match.

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

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