Hazel Park High wrestler Devon Francek, left, wrestles against an opponent from Ferndale High in a team district semifinal.

Hazel Park High wrestler Devon Francek, left, wrestles against an opponent from Ferndale High in a team district semifinal.

Photo by Randy Wilcox


Lamphere, Hazel Park wrestling fall in team districts

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published February 8, 2019

 Madison Heights Lamphere wrestler Zak Beaman locks in a hold on an opponent from Ferndale High during a Division 2 district tournament Feb. 6. Ferndale ended Lamphere’s streak of district championships.

Madison Heights Lamphere wrestler Zak Beaman locks in a hold on an opponent from Ferndale High during a Division 2 district tournament Feb. 6. Ferndale ended Lamphere’s streak of district championships.

Photo by Randy Wilcox

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FERNDALE — Madison Heights Lamphere’s streak of seven consecutive wrestling district championships came to an end with a 45-27 loss against Ferndale High in the final at a Division 2 tournament Feb. 6 at Ferndale.

Prior to this year, the Rams had beaten Ferndale in three consecutive district final contests. Lamphere advanced to the championship round after beating Warren Fitzgerald 59-17 in the semifinal.

Ferndale coach John Bassier said it was the Eagles’ first district championship since 2001.

“Ferndale wrestled extremely well,” said Lamphere coach Russ McKenzie. “They got a really well-balanced team, and they deserve to be district champs.”

Lamphere got 12 of its points via pins by Nicholas Bates (160-pound weight class) and Zak Beaman (215).

Although Lamphere was scheduled to wrestle at an individual district tournament Feb. 9, after press time, the loss to Ferndale ended the Rams’ team portion of the season.

“We had a fine season,” McKenzie said. “We had (a) lot of injuries; we battled. This group’s worked really hard to get to where we’re at. We were a little bit short tonight. We have had some difficulties through the year, but this group has battled. … They’re great to be around.”

Hazel Park High was part of the same tournament, with the team portion of its season ending with a 44-24 loss to Ferndale in the semifinal round.

The Vikings came away from the season as Oakland Activities Association Blue Division champions, giving the program its first title of any kind since 2011, according to coach Dale Hart. That season, Hazel Park won a D-2 district championship.

The Eagles are also in the OAA Blue, and earlier in the season, Hazel Park had beaten them twice.

“We had a couple guys not make weight and a couple injuries, and you (saw) the outcome,” Hart said after Ferndale’s semifinal win. “We had a good season. We’re league champs.”

In terms of what Hazel Park’s success this season could do for the program going forward, Hart referred to it as “huge.”

“We’re only losing two guys this year,” he said. “We have a young team. We have about six kids coming in from our junior high. So, look out; we’ll be here next year.”

Hazel Park was also scheduled to wrestle at an individual district tournament Feb. 9.

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