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Fitzgerald’s wrestling season ended Wednesday night in the form of a 40-36 district semifinal loss to Ferndale, but the Spartans appear to have a solid future.

The Division 2 match figured to be a tossup going in, but Donovan Pitts-Reed’s 5-minute, 14-second pin of Joe Jean-Baptiste at the 171 class sealed the Ferndale victory.

“Staying on our back is something we really need to fix,” said Fitzgerald coach Andrew Ackerman. “That’s hands-down what cost us the match, giving up unnecessary pins and having kids who we expected to win, losing.”

Even though some of the seemingly favorable matchups didn’t always work out for the Spartans, some of the Fitzgerald wrestlers came through and almost pulled their team to victory.

“Steven Dunmire pinned his man, as expected, and Terry Phillips did awesome,” said Ackerman. “At the end, Kareem Wallace was great and he’s come night-and-day from the beginning of the season.”

After a void from each team starting with the 215 and 285 weight classes, Ferndale recorded two pins in the 103 and 112 groups. Fitzgerald then responded with an Aaron Pope pin at the 119 weight class.

Phillips picked up a 36-second pin of Aaron Walker, Dunmire earned a pin in 2:12 against Shamar Borden and Wallace closed out the match with a 1:35 pin of Elijah Toney.

Although the Spartans fell just short in their quest to advance to the district final, Ackerman is excited about what the future holds for his young team.

“As a team, I think we did pretty well this year for how young we are,” he said. “We have just two upperclassmen and the rest of our guys are just freshmen and sophomores.

“I think that next year and the year after, once we get some experience, we will be really good,” he continued. “A lot of these guys are first-time wrestlers and with that being said, I think we did a pretty good job against a good program like Ferndale.”

Lamphere defeated Hazel Park 40-24 in the other semifinal. Lamphere defeated Ferndale 41-28 in the championship match.


Ferndale 40, Lamphere 36

103: Scott Hampton, Fe, pinned Dominic McGinty, 0:50. 112: Eliel Mahone, Fe, pinned Dajun Jones, 5:41. 119: Aaron Pope, Fi, pinned Julian Jones, 2:33. 125: Joshua Young, Fe, majored Calvin Wade. 130: Matt Ballard, Fe, dec. Dalante’ Anderson. 135: Terry Phillips, Fi, pinned Aaron Walker, 0:36. 140: Taye Ghadiali, Fi, void. 145: Steven Dunmire, Fi, pinned Shamar Borden, 2:12. 152: Ronnell McGhee, Fe, pinned Joshua Waltiere, 0:30. 160: Justin Morris, Fe, dec. Bruce Hogan. 171: Donovan Pitts-Reed, Fe, pinned Joe Jean-Baptiste, 5:14. 189: Kareem Wallace, Fi, pinned Elijah Toney, 1:35. 215: JaSean Murray, Fi, void. 285: Kobe Falls, Fe, void.

Last Updated: 2/10/2016 8:33:18 PM EST