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Zebras remain in race for league title

By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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Lincoln High’s varsity wrestling team improved to 4-1 in Pioneer Valley League competition with Tuesday night’s 54-22 victory at Mesa Verde. Each PVL team will have six league matches and the Zebras still have a shot at a share of the league title. Placer (5-0) beat Lincoln but if Bear River (4-1) tops Placer in its season finale, and Lincoln wins at Colfax next Tuesday, the three teams will share the PVL title. Lincoln’s John Aleman (189 pounds) impressed Lincoln coach Mike Maul with a first-round pin against Mesa Verde. “We wrestled a solid match – Mesa Verde has some good (wrestlers) but they gave up a few forfeits,” Maul said. Lincoln’s junior varsity team won big over Mesa Verde. Lincoln’s JV can also finish in a three-way tie for the league title with a victory at Colfax and a Placer victory over Bear River. The Zebras were also in action over the weekend at the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. Lincoln’s Daniel Stanley placed among the top-12 at 171 pounds. Lincoln’s varsity topped visiting Whitney 50-17 on Jan. 21. Whitney was without star wrestler Nazir Rasooli. “We wrestled really well. I thought it was one of our best duals of the season,” Maul said. Lincoln’s Jesse Nakasone, battling an illness, won 6-4 at 112 pounds. Teammate Wes Wilkerson won in overtime at 130. “Those are two matches that I really think dictated the momentum,” Maul said. “They could have gone either way.” Lincoln’s JV team also dominated the Wildcats.