, 2014

Hosting Lancaster places
second in wrestling duals

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster High School’s wrestlers finished as the runner-up in their first home match of the season last Saturday.

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Lancaster’s Shane Chambers locks in a hold and puts his Franklin High opponent’s shoulders to the mat for a pin in the Lancaster Duals last Saturday morning. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Devils hosted Grafton, Tabb, Franklin, Arcadia, Northumberland, Middlesex and King William in the Lancaster Duals team tournament at the middle school in Kilmarnock.

Group AA Tabb won the tournament with Lancaster finishing second and King William third.

Lancaster’s Brad Smith, Sam Friday, Shane Chambers and Kai Antonio all won gold, while Kenique Stewart, Colton Hayden, Thomas Hyde and Sam Bouis took silver. Winning a bronze medal for the Devils were Steven Cox, Joey Sanford and Beau Nickerson.

“Everyone stepped up their performance to try to win a trophy for coach [Craig] Oren on his return,” said assistant coach Sam Terry. “Colton Hayden, in particular, wrestled extremely tough in spite of fighting the stomach flu. We couldn’t have taken second without Sam Bouis substituting for Danny McGrath and Beau Nickerson substituting for Grant Long.

“Steven Cox, one of our freshmen, got his first pin of the season and our experienced wrestlers stayed true to form,” he added. “Considering how many regional opponents we face, it was a very satisfying tournament.”

In head-to-head competition, Lancaster beat Grafton, 72-18, and defeated Franklin, 66-12. The Devils also downed Arcadia, 54-12, and edged King William, 39-34. Lancaster’s only team loss of the day came to Tabb, 54-27.

Two weeks ago, Lancaster traveled to Lafayette High School for the Ram Cup. Arranged as an individual tournament rather than a team or dual tournament, the Ram Cup also included teams from Benedictine, Bishop Ireton, Essex, Mathews, Chancellorsville, Norfolk Academy, Grafton, Jamestown, Southampton and host Lafayette.

Lancaster had five wrestlers in the finals and three others win bronze medals.

The Devils finished fourth in team scoring and were edged out by five points by Group AA Jamestown.

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