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Three Zebras advance to Masters

Lincoln’s Stanley, Aleman, Suchomel will compete in Stockton this weekend
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Seniors Daniel Stanley and John Aleman and sophomore Drew Suchomel will represent Lincoln High’s wrestling program at the Masters Tournament in Stockton this weekend. The three wrestlers qualified by placing among the top five in their weight class at the Division IV championships over the weekend. The DIV tournament took place at East Union High in Manteca. The Zebras had 11 athletes compete in the championships. Stanley was one of two Zebras to qualify for the Masters Tournament last year. Lincoln coach Mike Maul is pleased that Stanley will be joined by two others this year. “It was good to have the other two (advance), particularly Drew as a sophomore,” Maul said. “And John is only a second-year wrestler. Three (advancing) is not a bad number. We had a couple chances to sneak one or two more in but some guys (suffered very close losses) in the qualifying rounds.” Maul was impressed by the performance of Lincoln’s Greg Harlow (145) and Ero Wainio (140). “Greg Harlow, having not finished very well in league last year, was one point away from qualifying for sections,” Maul said. “And Ero Wainio ended up going 2-2 as a freshman. He ended the season on a very high note.” Aleman (189 pounds) and Suchomel (215) placed fourth in Manteca while Stanley (171) took fifth. The top seven in each weight class this weekend will qualify for the state championships the following week. “Now it’s getting tough,” Maul said. “I think we would have to put our best wrestling of the season together for someone to get to state. There are no weaklings (at Masters). They have their work cut out for them. Coming in at fourth or fifth (like the Lincoln wrestlers) means they are going against a league champion or close to it in the first round. It is double elimination but it makes it really tough. But we’ll take it one match at a time and go from there.”