Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren
Lamphere wrestling wins Division 2 district championship
By Mark Vest
Posted February 7, 2013
HAZEL PARK — Madison Heights Lamphere captured its second consecutive Division 2 district championship following a 50-18 victory against Hazel Park in a district final matchup Feb. 7.
Lamphere's Valentine Ralph (135 pounds) helped get his team off to a good start by winning via pin in the first match of the final, giving the Rams an early 6-0 lead.
Lamphere went on to get four other pins, which helped provide the Rams with a comftorable lead as the match progressed.
According to coach Russ McKenzie, winning a district championship was a goal his team had from the beginning of the season.
"One of our goals was to get to regionals," he said. "We had beaten Hazel Park a couple times this year, but we knew they would come out strong, as they always do. They always wrestle very tough and aggressive. We won all the close ones. I think the match was a lot closer than what the score says."
Hazel Park coach Dale Hart understands what his team was up against in facing Lamphere.
"They're a good team," he said. "They train hard. (They have a) little more experiece than us. I think they've got eight seniors on their team."'
Lamphere senior Evan Reich credits a team effort for helping propel the Rams to victory..
"We all did a great job tonight, " he said. "Everybone pulled their weight."
Lamphere defeated Hamtramck 69-9 in a district semifinal matchup; Hazel Park beat Warren Fitzgerald 53-22 in its semifinal.
The Rams move on to face the winner of the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore district in a reginal semifinal contest Feb. 13 at Lamphere.
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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