Kali dropped into the wrestlebacks after dropping a 16-3 major decision against Don Bosco Prep's Zack Chakonis. Chakonis dominated the match, though Kali did score a reversal in the third period.

Kali was on the losing end of an exciting consolation match against Moorestown's Tyreek Smith, losing 7-6. Kali took a 6-4 lead on a takedown with :36 left in regulation. Smith escaped with :15 remaining, then earned the win with a takedown at the edge of the mat with just two seconds to go.


Kali advanced in the preliminaries with a 1-0 decision over Brearly's Saverio Salcfas. Kali scored the only point of the bout on a second-period escape.

Kali earned another win in the pre-quarterfinals with a 6-2 overtime decision over Hamilton East's River Ulrich. Kali forced overtime with a takedown midway through the third period, then earned a takedown and two-point near fall in overtime.

Obi Kali, Millville, Sr. (28-6)

Seed: Bottom bracket No. 4 seed.

Record vs. state qualifiers: 1-4.

Kali’s road to Atlantic City: Finished second in District 31 and second in Region 8.

Back points: Kali is making his second trip to states and looking to make his way onto the podium for the first time. Kali opens the state tournament with a prelim against Brearley’s Saverio Salcfas.

Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.