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Richmond draws Roscommon

Posted Monday, February 22, 2010 by The last time the Richmond Blue Devils saw the Ros

Blue Devils hope history repeats itself in matchup against Bucks

The last time the Richmond Blue Devils saw the Roscommon Bucks at the state finals in Battle Creek, they wound up winning a state championship.

They'll open with Roscommon (29-7) at
1 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals of the team state wrestling finals at Kellogg Arena. The pairings were announced Sunday by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

"There's no omens," said Richmond co-coach George Hamblin, who also saw his Blue Devils defeat the Bucks in the semifinals in 2000, another state championship year. "It's new boys, new kids, a new day."

Richmond (45-4) was given the second seed for the tournament, behind Dundee. Saginaw Swan Valley is third and Allendale is fourth. Swan Valley (30-3) will wrestle Portland (37-10), with the winner facing the Richmond/Roscommon winner. Dundee (36-1) will wrestle Chippewa Hills (32-2), and Allendale (29-2) will wrestle Edwardsburg (37-8) on the top half of the bracket.

Roscommon had three wrestlers qualify on Saturday for the individual state finals. Matt Compo was a regional champion at 285 pounds, while Eric Meyer was second at 160 and Dustin Noreyko was third at 112. All three have just two losses on the season.

Richmond, meanwhile, had 13 state qualifiers.

"They have a new coaching staff," Hamblin said. "They wrestle in the Jack Pine Conference up there.

"I'm excited. It's an exciting week. From a coaching standpoint, it's my favorite time of the year."

Anchor Bay and Marlette both received a tough draw. The Tars (29-12)
drew the No. 1 seed in Division 1, Detroit Catholic Central (24-4). The Shamrocks qualified all 14 of their wrestlers for the state finals. Division 1 will begin at 3:15 p.m.

Marlette (31-8) drew perennial Division 4 power Hesperia (33-1). Division 4 will begin at 7:45 p.m.

m Contact Paul Costanzo at (810) 989-6251 or pcostanzo@gannett.com. Read his blog at www.thetimesherald.com/sports.

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