Warren Lincoln wrestling headed back to Battle Creek after winning 3rd straight regional title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published February 18, 2015

 The Warren Lincoln wrestling team won its third straight regional title Feb. 18. Pictured is Lincoln senior Shawn Lindsey, right, during a Feb. 11 district tournament match.

The Warren Lincoln wrestling team won its third straight regional title Feb. 18. Pictured is Lincoln senior Shawn Lindsey, right, during a Feb. 11 district tournament match.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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WARREN — For a third straight year, the Warren Lincoln wrestling team hoisted a regional championship trophy. For a second straight year, it won the title by beating Madison Heights Lamphere. This year's win came in a 54-24 triumph in a Division 2 regional final Feb. 18 at Lincoln.

"These guys have been putting in a lot of time, and I told them today was payday," Lincoln coach Clint Derringer said after the win. "We've had our share of ups and downs this year, so this is great for the team. We have guys who've been a part of one, two and all three of these, and it's special to all of them."

Pairings for the state quarterfinals will be announced Feb. 22. Lincoln has lost in the quarters each of the last two years. Lincoln won a Class A state title in 1994. Check www.mhsaa.com for the quarterfinal pairings and seedings.

Lamphere took an early 15-6 lead, due in part to two voids worth six points each. Lincoln scored pins in seven of the next eight matches to build an insurmountable 48-18 lead with two matches left. Lincoln 160-pound junior Derrien Perkins scored the pin that put the match out of reach.

"My kids wrestled hard, we gave it a fight, obviously we were hoping couple of matches went different, it didn’t, but they wrestled hard," Lamphere coach Russ McKenzie said. "Lincoln is a great program. I have a lot of respect for their program and coaching staff.”

Derringer said the voids were taken as a strategic tactic. He moved some of Lincoln's better grapplers around in the lineup with the idea of getting the most possible points out of each match.

"Not a lot of people thought we'd win this year," said Lincoln junior Demarco Dixon, who's been a part of all three of the team's most recent regional titles. "That makes this one a little more special than the others."

Lincoln advanced to the regional final with a 71-5 win over Redford Union in the semifinals. Lamphere downed Southfield High 54-24 to get to the regional final.

Check www.candgnews.com for more coverage of the state wrestling postseason.

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