Lincoln grapplers look to be playoff bound

Victory over Placer would seal it
By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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Placer High School invades Lincoln High’s small gym for the final Pioneer Valley League dual meet of the season for both teams. A victory in this one and the Fighting Zebras go into the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. Lincoln’s only loss was to unbeaten Bear River. The match up with Colfax scheduled for today was a forfeit, so if the Zebras down the Hillmen they would earn second place and a bid to the postseason. “We’re definitely in the drivers’ seat to make the playoffs,” said Lincoln head coach Mike Maul, who said his squad was healthier than it was during the Mark Fuller Tournament. “If we beat Placer next week we’re in the playoffs.” The Zebras defeated Foothill 44-33 to improve to 3-1 in the PVL; the junior varsity won decisively for a league record of 4-0. A JV win over the Hillmen would give the junior squad the title. Last weekend Lincoln competed in the Tim Brown Memorial tournament with nearly 90 teams participating. Although no Zebras medaled, Maul said his team participates because the competition is some of the best around. “We’re going there to really face top quality competition and hope to get better,” Maul said. “So when we see that high level again at sections and masters, where you’re trying to move on, we’re a little bit better prepared.” Maul had 10 wrestlers competing, where he only had seven for the Mark Fuller event. Wrestler Ero Wainio had a record of 4-2 in the Tim Brown, and eight Zebras won at least one match. In JV action at the Golden Sierra Tourney, wrestlers Anthony Jossis, Landon Croisant, and Josh Myers all won gold. Fighting Zebras Wrestling Dual Meet Lincoln 44, Foothill 33 Final Dual Meet, 6 p.m., Feb. 2 Placer at Lincoln