Wednesday Jan 20 2010
Zebras place third among 28 teams at Mark Fuller Invitational
By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
Lincoln High’s varsity wrestling team placed third at its annual Mark Fuller Invitational on Saturday. The Zebras had six wrestlers medal (top-six in their weight class) and three place among the top three at this Lincoln tournament that featured 28 teams. Both gyms were used for the all-day tournament. Lincoln finished with 121.5 team points, behind only first-place Folsom (205) and runner-up Durham (141). River Valley (110) and Center (110) tied for fourth place. Alfonso Maldonado (112 pounds, second), Jesse Nakasone (103, third), Daniel Stanley (171, third), Drew Suchomel (215, fourth), Taylor Unbehaun (119, fifth) and John Aleman (189, sixth) were the leaders for the Zebras. “I was pretty pleased overall,” Lincoln coach Mike Maul said. “We have now placed in the top three at the last two tournaments. “Now these are not state tournaments or anything but we are competing with teams about our size and our caliber and we are performing very well. And I am pleased with the progress we have made (from earlier in the season).” Maul called the running of the tournament a success and he wanted to give special thanks to Far West Rents, the Lincoln Boosters Club and Spring View Middle School for their help in pulling it off. The Zebras will host Whitney at 6 p.m. Thursday in their final home appearance of the season. Lincoln will participate in the Tim Brown tournament at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento on Friday and Saturday. The Zebras will also wrestle at Mesa Verde at 6 p.m. next Tuesday in a league match.