Lamphere wrestling continues district success

By: Christian Davis | Madison - Park News | Published February 12, 2016

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Lamphere wrestling coach Russ McKenzie called it one of his team’s best nights in a month.

The Rams won their fifth straight Division 2 district championship Feb. 10 at home, beating Ferndale High 41-28 in the final.

The match was even, with both teams winning a total of seven bouts, but it was the Rams with four pins and the advantage in bonus points. Ferndale didn’t record a fall.

“We call it ‘Ram Pride Wrestling,’ when you go out, you don’t give up bonus (points) when you get outmatched. … If you don’t give up bonus (points), we’ll be there at the end,” McKenzie said.

Leading 29-21, the coach pointed to Jordan Kenney’s pin at 160 pounds as key.

“That put it out of reach, and he bumped up from 152 to make our lineup stronger,” McKenzie said.

The Rams also received pins from Mike Yousif (103), Justin Salimi (119) and Junior Habib (135). Don Glenn (112) recorded a technical fall.

Lamphere (12-18 overall) has now won district titles in 12 of the last 14 years.

McKenzie said he was relieved to get this one.

“We did not have the easiest year; we had to do some perseverance,” he said. “The kids have really sucked it up and worked hard this week. … We’re coming together as a team, and they’re learning what it takes.”

In the semifinals, Lamphere defeated Hazel Park High 40-24.

Hazel Park coach Dale Hart said he was proud of his young squad, from which he expects the vast majority to return next season.

“You’ll see, we’ll have something next year,” he said. “There are a lot of positives. It’s a young team that is willing to work hard.”

In the other semifinal, Ferndale beat Warren Fitzgerald 40-36.

Up next for Lamphere is a regional semifinal against Warren Woods Tower Feb. 17 at Tower.

Also in D-2, Foley Madison wrestling fell to Melvindale High 66-9 in a district final.

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