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February 19, 2014

Abes wrestling team captures second straight regional title

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Coaches with the Warren Lincoln wrestling team react after an Abes wrestler records a pin in a D-2 regional final Feb. 12 vs. Madison Heights Lamphere. Lincoln won the match 45-26 to win its second consecutive regional championship.

MADISON HEIGHTS — Warren Lincoln wrestling coach Vito Delia said this season has been one of the more trying in his tenure.

Injuries and other issues have taken away from a squad that could have been dominant, he said.

That made the Abes’ coach that much prouder to see his team best Madison Heights Lamphere 42-26 in a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 regional final. The match took place Feb. 12 at Lamphere.

“To see (the wrestlers) persevere through all of that to get here, that means a lot,” said Delia, who guided Lincoln to a second straight regional title. The last regional crown prior to this run came in 2004.

“This was our goal going all the way back to the end of last season. There was no taking three months off. We’ve been preparing for this moment for a long time,” Delia said.

The Abes move on to a D-2 state quarterfinal set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek. Pairings will be determined Feb. 16 and will be available at www.mhsaa.com.

Lamphere took the first points of the 14-match regional final, jumping out to a 5-0 lead on a technical fall. Lincoln, wrestling without five regular starters, according to Delia, took the next four matches all on pins to take a 24-5 lead. All of those falls were recorded in the first period.

The teams swapped the next four bouts, leaving the Abes with a 33-14 lead. Lincoln senior heavyweight Michael Abouya’s pin in the first period of his match proved to be the decider and put the Abes up 39-14. Lincoln picked up another pin at 103 pounds. The final three matches were decided via void.

“We just came out ready to go,” Abouya said. “We wrestled (Lamphere) earlier this season. We knew that if we wrestled our kinds of matches that we could win.”

Lincoln bested Melvindale 45-34 in a regional semifinal to advance to the final. Lamphere knocked off Farmington High 40-19 to move on.

Warren Woods Tower wins a regional title

The Warren Woods Tower wrestling team won a D-2 regional title in a 38-32 win over Crosswell-Lexington in a regional final Feb. 12 at Yale. Tower will wrestle in a D-2 state quarterfinal against Tecumseh at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

Tower beat Ortonville-Brandon 36-33 in a regional semifinal to advance to the final.

De La Salle suffers setback
The Warren De La Salle wrestling team fell 55-17 to Macomb Dakota in a D-1 regional semifinal Feb. 12 at Dakota.

Individual wrestlers qualify for regionals
The 2014 MHSAA wrestling individual postseason began with districts Feb. 8.

The individual finals are set for Feb. 27-March 1 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Here is a listing of individual wrestlers in the Warren Weekly  coverage area who battled their way through districts and on to regionals, which took place after press time.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class at districts advanced to regionals.

Check next week’s edition to see how the grapplers performed at regionals.

Division 1
Warren Mott

Leann Abad — 103
Kyran Daniels — 145
LaVonte Perdue — 215

Warren De La Salle
Jason Hertel — 125
Noah Brown — 135
Tyler Wringler — 140
Darren Rydzewski — 145
Rex Corless — 285
Van Itters — 285

Warren Cousino
Matt Rice — 215

Division 2
Warren Lincoln

Garret Kaercher — 125
Shawn Lindsey — 135
Khannor Kaercher — 145
Ethan Eisenmann — 145
Dierrien Perkins — 160
Michael Abouya — 285
Warren Woods Tower
Joe Schindler — 103
Al-Aminui Haque — 119
Nick Pipes — 125
Donald Janice — 135
Alfred Bowlson _ 140
Darrell Cowart _ 215

Warren Fitzgerald
Aaron Step — 119
Dale Dunmire — 140

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.