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February 19, 2014

Lamphere wrestling falls to Warren Lincoln in postseason

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Lamphere bench watches the action in the D-2 regional. The Rams made the final but fell to Warren Lincoln. On the season, Lamphere finished co-MAC White champs and with its eighth district title in 10 years.

MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Lamphere wrestling coach Russ McKenzie readily admits it’ll take some time before he really appreciates the success his team enjoyed this season.

The Rams had just lost to Warren Lincoln 45-26 Feb. 12 at home in a Division 2 regional final.

“When the dust clears, we had a great year,” McKenzie said. “We were co-(MAC) White champions; we won a district; we went 21-9; we had a good season. When you can taste … Battle Creek, it’s a tough pill to swallow right now.”

Lamphere started the match with a 5-0 lead after Austin Frederick won by technical fall.

Lincoln responded with four straight pins to go up 24-5. Lamphere went on to win one more match when Dan Gettel won on a decision. The rest of the Rams’ points came from voids.

The Abes finished with seven pins.

“They’re a very good team, and you can’t win a lot of dual meets giving up pins,” McKenzie said. “I give (Lincoln) credit. They’re very aggressive on top and were able to force some falls.”

In the semifinals, the Rams beat Farmington High 40-19. Lincoln beat Melvindale High 45-34.

Lamphere’s season résumé includes the program’s eighth district championship in the last 10 years. The Rams last won a regional in 2005.

Senior Trevor Gorman said he could tell this team had championship capability within the first two weeks of the season.

“We started turning our attention more to hard work, keeping our weights down, and looking forward to winning a regional title and doing what it takes to get here,” he said. “We were very unpredictable. The way the kids wrestle, we could pull away with eight pins or just pull away with all decisions.”

Gorman believes the program is in good hands for years to come.

“With all the younger guys, I like what I’m seeing, because once the years go on, there will be more experience, and they’ll be really good the next three or four years,” he said.

The loss in the regional final didn’t mark the end of the season for all the Rams.

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