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 Warren Woods Tower 171-pounder Omari Embree celebrates following his win in a March 7 Division 2 state title match. Embree now has two state titles on his resume.

Warren Woods Tower 171-pounder Omari Embree celebrates following his win in a March 7 Division 2 state title match. Embree now has two state titles on his resume.

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Tower's Omari Embree wins second straight wrestling state championship

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published March 7, 2020

DETROITWarren Woods Tower sophomore 171-pound wrestler Omari Embree knows his body better than anyone.

He had to entering the Division 2 state wrestling finals March 6-7 with an injury that left him unable to lift one of his shoulders.

The injury didn’t deter Embree, though, as the sophomore bested New Boston Huron’s Cody Brenner in a 3-2 decision to win his second straight state championship.

“It feels really good,” said Embree, who won at 160 pounds in 2019. “I lost to (Brenner) earlier this season, so this was kind of like a revenge tour. I stayed low and took my shots when I could. I wrestled my match. I said I was going to go back-to-back, and I did.”

Embree, 32-2 overall, became the second Titans grappler to win a state title, after Joe Haynes won at 119 pounds.

Tower coach Greg Mayer touted Embree’s wrestling IQ and resilience as major factors in his performance at the state finals.

“He’s obviously super talented,” Mayer said, “but for him to be able to navigate his way through this tournament with that injury says a lot about the person (Embree) is.”

Embree’s win gives the Titans two state champions for the second year in a row. Mayer said he likes where the program is at and is pleased with its future prospects.

“We’ve got a lot of guys on this team we think can (compete for state titles). Our guys work hard. They just have to keep at it,” Mayer said. “We just work to put the guys in positions to be successful.”

Embree has had great success in his first two years as a prep wrestler. He’s confident his best days are still ahead of him.

“This isn’t it for me,” Embree said. “I want to keep going — keep winning.”