Southfield’s wrestling season ended early Wednesday afternoon in the Division 2 team regional tournament with a 54-24 loss to Madison Heights Lamphere. The Blue Jays won the first two matches and held the early 12-0 lead, only to watch the Rams post 10 straight wins en route to the 30-point victory.
The regional opened with the two heavyeweight matches and Southfield took advantage as Blue Jays Kris Mangum (215) and Makene Culpepper showed their strength with a pair of pins in a total combined time of 1:35.
Lamphere won the next two matches on a pin and decision to cut the deficit to 12-9. Southfield voided at 119, pushing Lamphere into a 15-12 lead – an advantage it would never relinquish.
The Rams won six of the next seven matches via pin to take command.
“We started out at 215 so we knew we had an advantage up there,” said Southfield coach Tim Conley. “If we could have had the chance to wrestle the matches at 171 and 189 I think we could have come out on top, but they ended up voiding them to us.
“We thought if we could wrestle six minutes we could win,” he said. “If you wrestle six minutes they can’t get those extra bonus points on you. But, things just started to unravel on us.”
The two key Ram wins were at 112 where Southfield senior Terrence Works lost by decision to Justin Selimi in the final seconds of the third period and at 135 where Southfield junior Kaelan Murray nearly earned a pin, only to lose via a pin seconds later to James Grams.
Also, at 125, Southfield senior Alias Broadnax put up a strong fight by lost a 6-2 decision to Matt Guzynski.
Southfield sophomore Max Doggett (171) and senior Anthony Springer (189) were awarded wins by void after Lincoln had accumulated enough points to win and elected not to contest the final two matches.