Wildcats, Rocks Hunt Down Wrestling Medals at Elks Tourney
Salem's Kim, Plymouth's Youssef turn in golden efforts.
Several local wrestlers closed out 2010 with noise-making performances at Wednesday's Salem Plymouth Elks Varsity Tournament.
In a nine-team event hosted by the Rocks, Plymouth's Trey Berry (112 pounds) and Said Youssef (130) won their respective weight classes along with Salem's Nick Kim, who pinned all challengers at 119.
Westland John Glenn, which was several months removed from a Division 1 "Elite Eight" season, captured the championship with 250.5 points, 32 more than runner-up Wayne Memorial.
The Wildcats turned in their best effort of the season, placing fourth with 183.5 points while Salem grabbed sixth with 131 points.
"Overall, I thought we wrestled pretty well for being such a young team," said Salem coach Pete Israel. "A lot of our younger kids are starting to see that hard work pays off.
"For us, it's kind of like working on a water pump. We may not see the water come up from the well for a while, but you have to keep pumping, you have to keep working. If you do, you'll start getting a steady flow of water."
Berry was a pin machine for the Wildcats, winning four matches by fall in pool action before nipping Salem's Cody Korpus, 9-8, in the thrilling 112-pound final.
"That was a very good match," said Israel. "Trey and Cody know each other well from wrestling against each other in youth tournaments."
Kim's day was as brilliant as Berry's as the senior standout won by pin in all five of his matches. Kim, who has lost just one match this season, pinned Lincoln Park's Jake Jones in the championship bout in 3:29.
"Nick really knows how to channel his energy into his moves," said Israel. "He's a very aggressive wrestler, which is easy to see by looking at the results of his matches."
No one came close to threatening Youssef's dominance at 130. The Wildcat juniors closest match was a 10-3 victory over Salem's Austin Rohn in a preliminary round.
Plymouth racked up second-place points from junior Alec Breckenridge, who dropped a competitive 9-4 decision to Lincoln Park's Anthony Barbour in the 125-pound title tilt.
Earing third-place points for the Wildcats were Chase Kallil (135) and Jackson Chalmers (160).
Rohn placed third at 130 for the Rocks.