Lamphere wrestling falls in team regional semi

By: Christian Davis | Madison - Park News | Published February 23, 2016

 Madison Heights Lamphere’s Alex Peace gets his Warren Woods Tower opponent into a hold Feb. 17 in a Division 2 team regional semifinal. Peace won the bout, but the Rams fell 60-8.

Madison Heights Lamphere’s Alex Peace gets his Warren Woods Tower opponent into a hold Feb. 17 in a Division 2 team regional semifinal. Peace won the bout, but the Rams fell 60-8.

Photo by John McTaggart

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WARREN — The journey came to an end for the Madison Heights Lamphere wrestling squad after falling to host Warren Woods Tower 60-8 Feb. 17 in a Division 2 regional semifinal.

“We knew Warren Woods Tower was tough, and coming into their house, they wrestled the way I expected them to,” Lamphere coach Russ McKenzie said.

Two grapplers recorded victories for Lamphere, with Alex Peace earning an 8-4 decision at 152 pounds and Matt Tomsett winning via a major decision 10-0 in the final bout of the match.

Lamphere ended the season 12-19 overall, but along the way won its 12th district title in 14 years and fifth straight.

“That was really important to me,” Peace, a senior, said of the district title. “It’s really cool to be able to say that we won districts all four years I was in high school.”

McKenzie said his team showed some resiliency in a season marked by ups and downs.

“We had a little rough spot in the middle of the year. Things didn’t go as well as we would have liked, and then by the end, it was nice to see them regroup and win districts,” the coach said. “The week before, we were in trouble (with injuries and illnesses), so it was nice to see them rebound and get focused.”

The Rams are young, and McKenzie hopes the loss to Tower proves to be a learning experience.

“It was great that we got here, but if we want to get here and be competitive, there’s a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “So that’s what we have to do in the offseason.”

Tower went on to beat Melvindale High 54-21 for the regional championship.

Peace doesn’t see the Rams program slowing down anytime soon.

“We have good coaches and some talented wrestlers. I believe the tradition will go on,” he said.

The individual regional round took place Feb. 20, after press time. For more on the tournament, visit www.candgnews.com.

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