Farmington High wrestling bows out of team regional

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published February 24, 2016

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WARREN — Farmington High wrestling fell in a Division 2 team regional semifinal Feb. 17 at Warren Woods Tower.

The Falcons lost to Melvindale High 63-16.

“We did better than we thought we would at the beginning of the season, but it’s a little disappointing to finish with a match like this,” Farmington coach Courtland Barlett said.

Things looked good early for the Falcons. Farmington opened the match with a first-round pin from Jake Justice at 130 pounds for the 6-0 lead.

Melvindale then responded with seven straight wins to take a 39-6 advantage and control of the match.

Farmington earned two more wins, both via technical fall, with one by Donovan King at 215 pounds and one by Anthony Averiette at 103.

“We had some good victories from some kids. We’re capable of doing better, and the team knows that, but luckily we’re pretty young. It can only go up from here,” Barlett said. “It’s nice to get here, but it’s also nice to get past this.”

Farmington’s last appearance in the regional round was two years ago, when it fell to Madison Heights Lamphere in a semifinal.

This time around, Lamphere was on the other side of the bracket and lost to Tower 60-8. Tower then went on to beat Melvindale 54-21 for the championship.

Barlett noted that valuable experience was gained in the postseason run, which included a district championship.

Farmington had only four seniors on its roster.

“This is going to help send them to higher places, and I wish them all the best of luck,” Barlett said.

The rest of the team was also small in numbers. Barlett said that at times the lineup was filled by grapplers from JV.

“We’ve scrapped throughout the year and got some key wins from those kids. We can’t complain,” the coach said. “We have a lot of kids that are capable; they just have to find their niche.”