Berkley High’s Luke Bowman, left, wrestles an opponent earlier this season. The Bears lost to Warren Cousino in a Division 1 district semifinal Feb. 7.

Berkley High’s Luke Bowman, left, wrestles an opponent earlier this season. The Bears lost to Warren Cousino in a Division 1 district semifinal Feb. 7.

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Ferndale High’s team wrestling season ends at district tournament

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published February 14, 2018

 Ferndale High wrestler Torian Belton performs a hold on an opponent from Madison Heights Lamphere during a Division 2 district semifinal Feb. 8. Lamphere beat the Eagles 49-18.

Ferndale High wrestler Torian Belton performs a hold on an opponent from Madison Heights Lamphere during a Division 2 district semifinal Feb. 8. Lamphere beat the Eagles 49-18.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

MADISON HEIGHTS — For the third consecutive year, Madison Heights Lamphere’s wrestling team ended Ferndale High’s season at a Division 2 district tournament.

The Rams overcame a 15-0 deficit to win 49-18 in a semifinal Feb. 8 at Lamphere.

After trailing early, Lamphere came back to score the next 36 points, with four wins coming via pins and two by void.

“Lamphere got on a roll,” said Ferndale coach John Bassier. “When we needed to get pins, (especially) in the upper weights, we didn’t get pins; a credit to them.”

Lamphere went on to win the program’s seventh consecutive district championship with a 45-25 victory against Warren Fitzgerald.

The Eagles finished the team portion of the season at 15-11 overall. Ferndale won an Oakland Activities Association Blue Division title along the way, going 7-0. 

It was Ferndale’s second consecutive division championship.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve done that,” Bassier said. “The Blue Division is not the strongest division in (the) OAA, but our kids have improved as the year went on.”

The Eagles’ division championship exceeded the expectation that Bassier had for this season’s squad, given that he said there were some spots in the lineup without a lot of experience and that there were four freshmen starting.

“I was hoping we could keep our head above water. To go undefeated in our division and win more than we lost as a team, that’s pretty good,” the coach said.

Bassier said Matthew Ballard and Zoser Little are Ferndale’s only two seniors. The youth on this year’s squad could help serve the Eagles well next season.

“We had a good season for as young a team as we are,” Bassier said. “So, hopefully, we’ll build on that for next year. … It’s a very promising group of kids coming back, so we’ll see.”

 

In other local wrestling district news

Warren Cousino beat Berkley High 54-16 in a Division 1 district semifinal Feb. 7 at Cousino.

Cousino eventually fell to Warren Mott 58-22 in the district championship.