Indians second at home wrestling tournament

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Preston Pelham (l) was one of two Tecumseh wrestlers to go undefeated at the Indians’ Annual Jaimes Tournament. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Last year Battle Creek Lakeview’s Spartans battled with Tecumseh’s varsity wrestling team before taking a tight 34-27 victory to claim the Indians’ annual Phillip Jaimes Memorial Tournament title. This year the Spartans snatched the title without much of a fight, beating the Indians soundly to secure a 44-15 victory and the tournament title.

Tecumseh recorded solid victories against the first four teams it faced, beating Jackson County Western 45-21, Woodhaven 56-13, Plymouth 51-28 and Lapeer West 44-15.

“Overall we competed hard and pushed the pace in all of our matches throughout the day Saturday,” said Tecumseh coach Tony Greathouse. “We are still struggling to put it all together as a team, but we have different individuals stepping up at different times.”

Two of Tecumseh’s wrestlers went undefeated with five victories each. Preston Pelham finished 5-0 for the Indians at 215-pounds while Joey Rebottaro went 5-0 at 285-pounds. Both wrestlers went undefeated at last year’s tournament.

“We have the talent and potential to make a great run again this post-season, but we need to have 14 wrestlers come together and all step up and do their jobs,” said Greathouse.

Ricky Azelton (103-pounds), Luke Liuzzi (125), Anthony Lesko (145), Landon Pelham (189), and Travis Byrd each finished 4-1 for the Indians.

Cole Amstutz highlighted the tournament by picking up his 100th career victory for Tecumseh.

The Indians improved to 24-7 overall with their 4-1 record at the tournament.

Tecumseh was beat 45-21 against visiting Bedford on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Earning wins for the Indians by way of pin were Azelton (103), Lesko (145) and Landon Pelham (189). Rebottaro won by decision.

The Indians are working hard to advance to the state finals again this season.

“A lot of our team and individual success moving forward will depend on our ability to control the little things and get physically and mentally prepared as we hit the prime stretch of the post-season,” Greathouse said. “One thing that is for certain is that our guys will not be shocked by the level of competition as the season progresses because our tough schedule has exposed us to most of the best teams and individuals in the state.”

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