, 2014

Lancaster pins Mathews and Northumberland

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Lancaster High School’s wrestlers went 2-0, beating Mathews and Northumberland, in a home tri-match last Thursday. The Red Devils had six grapplers go unbeaten.

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Lancaster’s Colton Hayden tightens his hold as the referee checks for the pin during a match against Mathews last Thursday. Hayden went 2-0 on the night. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Devils edged Mathews by a point, 35-34, then defeated the Indians, 51-24. Mathews beat Northumberland, 51-27.

Leading Lancaster at home were Kenique Stewart (132), Grant Long (145), Sam Friday (152), Bradley Hudson (160), Shane Chambers (182) and Hayden (195), who each went 2-0 on the night.

Five Devils went 1-1 including Steven Cox (113), Joey Sanford (126), Thomas Hyde (170), Kai Antonio (195) and Danny McGrath (heavyweight).

“I thought coming off the Christmas break we wrestled sloppy,” said LHS coach Craig Oren. “But I was pleased with the team effort to beat Mathews. We have not beaten Mathews in a few seasons so it was a big win for the team.

“Seniors Sam Friday and Bradley Hudson both had a big night scoring pins in their respective weight classes,” he added. “Bradley has had two seasons in a row plagued with injuries after qualifying for state as a freshman. He looks very focused to make up for lost time. And Kenique Stewart continues to impress me as a first-year wrestler. He is very athletic and now he is starting to add some solid technique to his repertoire. He is on the way to having a great high school career.”

The Devils had a 2-2 effort at the Franklin Duals last Saturday, beating Middlesex, 48-33, and Essex, 48-12. Lancaster’s two losses came to bigger school divisions with Group AAA Lake Taylor beating the Devils, 58-24, and Group AA Southampton getting by LHS, 54-30.

Franklin hosted 10 teams.

“As a team I have been pleased,” said Oren.”We remain unbeaten among single A schools. All of our losses have come from much bigger double A and triple A opponents.”

Chambers, Antonio and Hayden dominated for the Devils, going undefeated at 4-0 each at the duals.

“Seniors Kai Antonio and Colton Hayden had a solid day,” said Oren. “They both are quick and agile for upper weights and they have really used those assets to their advantage.”

Hudson and Hyde both went 3-1 while Gordon and Brad Smith (152) went 2-2 each.

“I was really pleased with Thomas Hyde,” said Oren. “He has had a great season so far. He works hard in practice and it is paying off for him on the mat.”

Picking up one win on the day for Lancaster were Cox, Stewart, Long, McGrath and Sam Bouis (heavyweight).

The Devils will host Essex, Northumberland and Washington & Lee in a quad at Lancaster Middle School tonight (January 17) at 6 p.m. Lancaster will travel to Powhatan for a tournament Saturday, January 19.

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