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Zebras finish league at 5-1

Lincoln ends up second to Placer; JV solid at Elk Grove tournament
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High’s varsity wrestling team closed the Pioneer Valley League dual season with a 70-9 victory at Colfax on Tuesday night. The Zebras finished the PVL season 5-1, in second place behind undefeated Placer (6-0). Placer clinched the title with a victory over Bear River on Tuesday night. Lincoln and Placer will compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section, Division IV championships at Rosemont High at Saturday. The top two teams from each league qualify for this tournament and Lincoln has reached it for the last seven years. “It’s kind of our team playoffs,” Lincoln coach Mike Maul said. “This marks the end of the team dual aspect. League (championships), subsections and sections all have team scores but that’s more of a trophy for a good team score.” After Saturday the rest of the season is all about individual wresters and not the team. The PVL championships will be Feb. 11 at Placer High, with the top finishers from that tournament advancing to the DIV individual championships Feb. 19-20. Lincoln won seven of the nine matches against Colfax on Tuesday night, most of them by pin. Colfax forfeited the other five weight divisions because of a lack of wrestlers. Lincoln’s Marcus Gillett (140 pounds) and Greg Harlow (145) earned wins against top Colfax wrestlers. Gillett won by pin while Harlow won 11-1. “They wrestled kids that were pretty solid wrestlers and I felt both of them dominated their matches pretty well,” Maul said. There was no JV competition on Tuesday night. Lincoln’s JV squad finished the league season 5-1, behind only Bear River (6-0). Bear River and Lincoln tied on Jan. 5 but the victory went to the Bruins on the tiebreaker. Lincoln’s JV team had a very strong showing at the Silverback Invitational at Elk Grove on Saturday. Lincoln freshmen Ero Wainio (140) and Aaron VanDeman (145) claimed titles while Nick Caster (second place, 152), Gillett (second, 140), Andrew Sterling (second, 171), Rudy Delgado (third, heavyweight), Joey Ireland (third, 160), Evan Rendes (third, 119), Chris Zimmer (third, 140) and Zach Little (fourth, heavyweight) medaled for the Zebras. No team scores were kept at the tournament, which featured about 10 teams.