Hillmen get revenge in Lincoln

By: Jim Linsdau Gold Country News Service
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The Placer High wrestling team came into Lincoln, Thursday, knowing it would need a win to stay in the hunt for a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals. Although things looked a little bleak after a forfeit and two early pins by the Fighting Zebras, Placer held on for a 39-28 victory. Placer coach Don Packheiser said he knew Lincoln would be a tough match. He had some injuries and illnesses forcing him to fill some spots with underclassmen. He said the Zebras came to Auburn and took the title from the Hillmen last year. “You guys are going to have to give all you got and wrestle with your heart,” said Plackheiser as to what he told his wrestlers before their final Pioneer Valley League dual meet. “I knew (Lincoln) would be ready for us.” But not ready enough as the fortunes began to turn after giving up 18 points in the first three matches. However, Gama Gomez got a pin at the 132-pound weight to start things off for the Hillmen. Placer took four of the next four matches, including a pin by Mason Lenover at 170 pounds to pull away. The Hillmen picked up two forfeits at 195 and 220 pounds. “They were just a little better than us tonight,” said Lincoln head coach Mike Maul. “There might have been a couple matches where we could have sneaked by with either wins or not get pinned, but nothing that I look at where we blew it.” Maul said he would have to crunch some numbers before it would be known whether Foothill, Lincoln, or Placer would be given the playoff berth.