Kali faced Cranford’s Jeff Weiss in first wrestlebacks. Weiss earned takedowns late in the first period and early in the second on his way to a 7-0 lead. Kali eventually cut it to 7-5 early in the third but ended up losing 9-7.
Obi Kali forced overtime with a last-second takedown in regulation but fell 7-6 in double overtime at the hands of Evan Wayns from Shawnee.
Obi Kali, Millville, Jr., (32-6)
Record vs. state qualifiers: 0-3.
Highlight wins: Seeded 11th in his weight class, Kali won an 11-5 decision against third-seeded William Cioffi of Pitman in the Region 8 quarterfinals on March 1. Kali won a 9-2 decision against Williamstown’s Tyler Nicolary in the consolation finals a day later.
Seed: Unseeded in the bottom bracket.
Back points: Kali is making his first appearance in the state tournament and with no previous criteria past districts received an understandably tough draw. Kali will face bottom bracket No. 7 seed Evan Wayns of Shawnee with the winner to meet No. 2 seed Ralph Normandia of Franklin in the prequarters.