|Lancaster and Northumberland wrestlers placed first and second, respectively, at the Matt Bryant Memorial Duals in Franklin. Photo by Billy Pipkin
The Devil grapplers went unbeaten at 5-0 for the tournament’s team championship.
“Although young and relatively inexperienced, our team has grown, matured, and is now reaping the benefits of two months of hard work,” said LHS assistant coach Sam Terry. “We look forward to even more competition at the Ram Rumble in Lafayette this weekend.”
Lancaster edged Northumberland, 36-30, in the final. The Devils also got by Mathews in a close, 39-36, match and beat South Hampton, 38-30. LHS defeated the Northern Neck’s Essex, 42-27, and opened with a 66-6 rout of Sussex.
Lancaster’s Kenique Stewart was selected as the tournament MVP and Red Devil heavyweight Sam Bouis earned the tournament’s fastest pin award.
Bouis, a junior, remains unbeaten on the season after going 5-0 for a gold medal at Franklin. Bouis took down his opponent in 14 seconds to win the fastest pin distinction.
Lancaster had five other wrestlers go unbeaten for the tournament, including Grant Long, Beau Nickerson and Kenique Stewart, who all went 5-0.
“Kenique continues to show a lot of passion in his wrestling,” said LHS coach Craig Oren. “He has been very intense and aggressive and for his efforts he was voted the MVP.
“I was also really pleased with Grant,” he added. “He has really shown a lot of improvement from last year and is wrestling with a lot of confidence.”
Shane Chambers came off the injured list for Lancaster to go 4-0.
“The team received a solid effort from Shane as he clinched the team championship in the finals with a win over Northumberland’s Phillip Harrison,” said Oren. “Shane has been out most of the season due to a knee injury, but he is persistent in his desire to wrestle even through intense pain.”
Lancaster’s Brandon Hill went 2-0 and Trevor Smith finished with one loss at 4-1.
“Brandon and Trevor are coming on strong as the season progresses,” said Oren. “They are on pace to have great high school careers.”
Lancaster’s Daniel Brooks and Lane Brocklebank also finished better than .500, going 3-2 each.
The Devils went 2-0 with wins over Mathews, 39-28, and the homestanding Indians, 39-33, last Wednesday at the Northumberland Tri-Meet.
“These were big wins for our team,” said Oren. “Northumberland and Mathews are big rivals for us and each match basically came down to the last match. The type of pressure that comes from these close rival matches is great for the maturity of our young team.”
Bouis, Stewart, Long and Brooks all went 2-0 for Lancaster.
“Danny won two pivotal matches last Wednesday and continues to impress me as a first-year wrestler,” said Oren. “He is very athletic and now he is starting to add some solid technique to his repertoire.”
Elijah Morris and Brandon Hill went 1-0 for the Devils, while Smith, Nickerson, Brocklebank, John Martin, Jamie Coates, Thomas Hyde and Marcus Vickers went 1-1 each.
“Beau continues to show great determination in his matches,” said Oren. “ He is constantly being bumped up a weight class for the sake of the team and enters each match unphased by the sacrifice.”
The Devils will travel to Williamsburg Saturday, January 18, for the Ram Rumble.