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February 21, 2014

Warren Lincoln, Woods Tower wrestling teams falls in D-2 state quarterfinals

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

Warren Lincoln, Woods Tower wrestling teams falls in D-2 state quarterfinals
Warren Woods Tower grappler Donald Janice, right, and the Titans made their first trip to the state quarters since 2007.

BATTLE CREEK — The wrestling teams from Tecumseh and Lowell proved too tough for Warren Woods Tower and Warren Lincoln at the 2014 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state quarterfinals.

Tecumseh bested Tower 54-14, while Lowell downed Lincoln 58-16.

Both matches took place Feb. 21 at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

Tecumseh (32-2) took a 6-0 lead on the Titans in the first match of the 14-fight bout with a pin by its heavyweight. The Indians never trailed in the match, recording eight pins on its way to victory.

Tower battled back after falling behind 24-4. The Titans (19-12) went on a run, taking three straight matches at 135, 140 and 145 pounds to cut the Tecumseh lead to 24-14. The Indians picked up pins in each of the last five matches to seal the win.

Lincoln (22-10) started out its match with Lowell on the right foot, with senior heavyweight Michael Abouya picking up a pin to put the Abes up 6-0. Lowell (22-1) would win the next seven matches to build a 36-6 lead. Lincoln, making its second straight trip to the state quarterfinals, won the next two bouts — at 152 and 160 pounds — to make it 36-16 Lowell.

Lowell would get a pin at 171 pounds and voids at 189 and 215 pounds to conclude the match.

The team portion of the season may be over for Tower and Lincoln, but both teams will send wrestlers to the 2014 MHSAA individual state finals, set for Feb. 27-March 1 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

State qualifiers from each school are listed below.

Warren Lincoln
Garret Kaercher — 125 pounds
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

For pairings and match times at the individual state finals, check www.mhsaa.com.

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