Tecumseh dominates SEC wrestling championships at Chelsea High School
Courtesy of Darla Barnes
Saturday was a tough day for Washtenaw County teams at the Southeastern Conference wrestling championships.
Eight of the 12 schools participating in the tournament are located within the county limits, but just six of the 28 individual finalists. Tecumseh, Temperance Bedford, Monroe and Adrian took the top four spots.
The day belonged to Tecumseh, which had all 14 wrestlers medal and was an overtime loss away from going 8 for 8 in the championship finals.
“We’re starting to wrestle our best right now and that’s what’s important to us,” said Tecumseh coach Casey Randolph. “We’re showing the overall depth of the program by placing 14 kids.”
Tecumseh won the tournament with 271 points. Bedford was second with 220.5.
Tournament place and league dual meet records each accounted for half of the scores in determining the final league standings. Since Bedford finished ahead of Tecumseh in dual competition, the teams shared the overall league title while each won its respective division.
The Indians needed Bedford to place third or worse to win the overall league title outright, something Randolph said he didn't bother his team with.
“What we focus on is scoring points. It doesn’t matter who steps onto the mat. We control what we can control,” Randolph said. “We emphasize bonus points and getting those when we have the opportunities to get our scores as high as possible. We all want to win a league title, but it’s not our focus.”
Two of the six Washtenaw County wrestlers participating in the finals won their weight divisions, with Dexter’s Drew Barnes taking first at 152 pounds and Ypsilanti's Trey Sweeney winning at 215.