Lincoln’s Stanley wins twice at Masters

By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High’s three wrestlers combined for three victories at the Masters Tournament in Stockton over the weekend. Lincoln seniors Daniel Stanley (171 pounds) and John Aleman (189) and sophomore Drew Suchomel (215) were each eliminated after Friday’s competition, falling short of qualifying for the CIF State Meet in Bakersfield this weekend. Stanley went 2-2 on Friday. He opened with a 10-4 victory over a league champion from Nevada Union. “It was a No. 5 (seed, Stanley) against a No. 1, and it was a pretty good upset,” Lincoln coach Mike Maul said. “That opened up the bracket very well for us because we virtually took over the No. 1 spot.” Stanley lost his next match, 8-7, to a wrestler from Casa Roble. It was tied 7-7 with about 15 seconds to go when Stanley gave up a point. Stanley won his third match (major decision) against an opponent from Los Banos. Stanley’s final match of the day was against Mesa Verde’s Austin Wilson and Stanley was defeated 4-3. Stanley led 3-2 before Wilson executed a take down with about 20 seconds remaining. Wilson ended up qualifying for the state tournament. “(Stanley) was right there and I was really proud of him,” Maul said. “Particularly with the first match. It’s hard to think about, being so close to it, but if somebody had said (before Friday) that this is how his day would go than I would have said that is pretty solid.” Aleman went 1-2 on Friday, beating a Los Banos opponent (3-2) between losses to wrestlers from Natomas and Summerville. “We were a little outmatched . . . but for a second-year wrestler to make it that far was pretty impressive,” Maul said. Suchomel lost both of his matches. Suchomel’s second match came against an opponent from Golden Valley that had pinned him earlier in the season. “Drew came out and wrestled very well (against Golden Valley) and he was up five (points) and the kid really started coming after him,” Maul said. Suchomel ended up getting caught in a move and lost by a single point. Maul says it is a good learning experience for the sophomore wrestler. “It’s a little disappointing, a sophomore mistake, because he had the match in the bag,” Maul said. “But I told him, “Since you are a sophomore I can tell you what you need to do better’ and he said he should have just backed up (with a big lead).”