Warren Woods Tower freshman 160-pounder Omari Embree executes a backflip after winning a Division 2 state championship March 2.

Warren Woods Tower freshman 160-pounder Omari Embree executes a backflip after winning a Division 2 state championship March 2.

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Tower's Mayer, Embree capture D-2 wrestling championships

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 2, 2019

 Warren Woods Tower senior 125-pounder Chaise Mayer looks to lock in a hold on Gaylord High's Chayse Lajoie in a March 2 Division 2 state championship match. Mayer would go on to win his first state title.

Warren Woods Tower senior 125-pounder Chaise Mayer looks to lock in a hold on Gaylord High's Chayse Lajoie in a March 2 Division 2 state championship match. Mayer would go on to win his first state title.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

DETROIT — Warren Woods Tower senior 125-pound wrestler Chaise Mayer is no stranger to the big stage.

As a member of the Titans wrestling team, he’s made multiple trips to the team state finals.

Mayer himself has also wrestled in three individual state championship matches. March 2, 2019, was his day, as Mayer bested Gaylord High junior Chayse Lajoie 3-2 in the Division 2, 125-pound championship match.

The title is the first for Mayer.

Mayer is Tower’s first state champ since Elijuh Weaver won at 112-pounds in 2016.

“This is much deserved. I’ve worked really hard for this,” said Mayer, who ends the season at 44-3. The loss was just the second of the season for Lajoie, who finishes 50-2. “You put in all the work and you come back year after year — this is what it’s all about.

“That was a gritty win. I had the confidence in myself that I could pull it off.”

The win is also sweet for Titans wrestling coach Greg Mayer, who has coached Chaise the last four years. Chaise is Greg’s nephew.

“Obviously this means a lot. I had a lot of skin in the game,” Greg Mayer said. “He’s a three-time finalist. Sometimes you fight and you get in those big moments and you lose and you have to deal with it for the rest of your life. This is pretty special.”

At the other end of the spectrum is Tower 160-pound freshman Omari Embree.

Embree bested New Boston Huron junior Nelson Poet 3-2 to win a state championship. Embree (37-5) also knocked off Poet in the regional round.

“This feels great,” Embree said. “A lot of people made me the underdog, because I’m a freshman and I’m only 15. I put in a lot of work to get here — just as much as all the older guys. I deserved to win just as much as anybody else. This is great.”

Embree after climbing the mountain has no intention of getting knocked off.

“There’s some things I can improve on — turning guys over, my technique when I’m on top,” Embree said. “I’ll be back next year ready to go.”

Tower sophomore Joe Haynes suffered an 18-8 loss to Tecumseh High’s Vince Perez in the 119-pound final. Perez ends the season undefeated. Haynes ends the campaign with a 34-8 mark.

The Titans end the season with five All-State wrestlers. The top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-State honors.

“We had a really good year and a good weekend,” Greg Mayer said. “Everybody did a really good job. We had some guys who didn’t achieve what they wanted, so they have to get back to work and work hard to get better.

“I couldn’t be prouder of these guys.”