Massa and Coe shine at Super 32
By Steve Widzinski
MI Grappler High School Analyst
10/22 - While it was not as strong of a showing as last year for
Michigan, the state was still well represented at this past weekend’s
highly prestigious Super 32 Challenge. Two Michiganders battled
through the wrestlebacks to achieve top four finishes, and several
others advanced to the second day of what is widely considered to be
the America’s toughest folkstyle tournament at the high school level.
Placers were Logan Massa of St. Johns at 138lbs and Bob Coe of
Detroit Catholic Central at 285lbs, a pair of wrestlers who overcame
early losses and strung together some impressive wins in the
consolation bracket. Others who reached the second day of
competition and fell just short of placing were Mason Smith of Clio,
Ken Bade of Detroit Catholic Central, Nate Limmex of Grand Rapids
Catholic Central, Drew Garcia of Detroit Catholic Central, Jake Roza
of Gladwin and Zach Wood of Oxford.
Capping what has been a truly spectacular offseason, Logan Massa
further bolstered his national credentials by knocking off several
nationally ranked opponents along the way to his 4th place finish.
Among those who fell at Massa’s hands were Flowrestling’s #7 TJ Miller of New Jersey, #9 Tyson Dippery Pennsylvania and #15 Joey Galasso of Pennsylvania. Currently slotted as the nation’s #13 wrestler 132lbs, Massa will be a likely candidate to break into the top ten at 138lbs following his stellar outing in Greensboro this past weekend.
It was a breakout performance for Detroit Catholic Central senior Bob Coe who overcame a great deal of adversity, and won six straight bouts to claim 3rd place at 285lbs after being pinned forty-five seconds into his first match of the tournament. While the heavyweight division did not contain the same star power as many of the tournament’s other weight classes Coe still scored wins over high quality opposition en route to his 3rd place finish, knocking off state placers Jake Roza of Michigan, Logan Turner of Virginia and Ivan Deleon Texas. Now having placed 2nd at the Grappler Fall Classic and 3rd at Super 32 in consecutive weeks, Coe has legitimately established himself as one of the nation’s better heavyweights.
After winning a Grappler Fall Classic title last week, Detroit Catholic Central’s Drew Garcia turned in another strong national performance, coming within a single point of placing at 170lbs. Also coming just a point shy of reaching the medal round was Gladwin heavyweight Jake Roza, who dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the aforementioned Bob Coe of Detroit Catholic Central.
Notable Wins by Michigan Wrestlers
106: Mason Smith over Austin Griffiths PA (3rd @ State)
120: Ben Griffin over Domenic Forys PA (3rd @ State)
120: Shane Wireman over Levi Maes CO (State Champion)
126: Ken Bade over Sammy Gross OH (State Champion)
126: Ben Calandrino over Nicky Tribble TX (State Champion)
126: Ross Bahro over Asher Goodwin NC (State Runner-Up)
132: Zehlin Storr over Cole Walter PA (3rd @ State)
132: Zehlin Storr over Roman Boylen GA (State Champion)
132: Justin Oliver over Clay Walker SC (State Champion)
132: Steven Bleise over Chandler Pyke PA (State Champion)
132: Nate Limmex over Cory Morgan GA (State Champion)
138: Logan Massa over Tyson Dippery PA (State Runner-Up, #9 Florankings)
138: Logan Massa over TJ Miller NJ (2011 State Champion, #7 Florankings)
138: Logan Massa over Joey Galasso PA (5th @ State, #15 Florankngs)
138: Malik Amine over Jacob Trujillo CO (State Runner-Up)
145: Rocco Borg over Cole Graves MD (3rd @ State)
145: Jordan Amine over Charlie Banaszack MD (3rd @ State)
145: Alec Pantaleo over Jake Spengler FL (State Champion)
152: Jordan Ateinza over Luke Kiser VA (State Champion)
152: Jelani Embree over Nick Leitten SC (State Runner-Up)
285: Bob Coe over Logan Turner VA (3rd @ State)
285: Jake Roza over Will Robertson NC (State Champion)
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