, 2014

Lancaster grapplers place
third in home tournament

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The host Red Devils went 4-1 on the day to finish third in the 10-team Lancaster Duals wrestling invitational on December 21.

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Lancaster’s Grant Long (left) went 4-1 for a silver medal in the Lancaster Duals. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Devils beat King & Queen, 66-15; Grafton, 58-20; Frankin, 52-22, and Northumberland, 39-34. Middlesex defeated Lancaster, 48-27, in the semifinal and the Chargers went on to win the tournament over Tabb in the finals.

“I thought the tournament ran really smoothly and the competition was very even,” said LHS coach Craig Oren. “Joel Anderson and his staff at Middlesex have worked hard and have done a great job building their program and their efforts were rewarded.”

Lancaster had two gold medalists in Thomas Hyde (170) and Sam Bouis (heavyweight), who both went unbeaten at 5-0.

The Devils had five grapplers go 4-1 on the day for silver medals including Daniel Banks (113), Trevor Smith (126), Kenique Stewart (145), Grant Long (160) and Lane Brocklebank (220).

“In a close match with Northumberland that decided which team would receive third, I was really proud of Danny [Banks],” said Oren. “I told him I had to bump him up a weight class for the team to have a chance to win and that if he won the match the team would win. After being behind most of the match, Danny dug deep and came back and won with a pin. It was a lot of pressure for a first-year wrestler and he responded impressively.”

Lancaster’s K’Shawn Adams (106) and Beau Nickerson (160) both went 3-2 in the invitational as bronze medalists. John Martin (132) picked up two wins for Lancaster.

“I was pleased with our team’s performance. This young team is starting to show a better understanding of the basic concepts of wrestling. Once the guys get these basic concepts down, their techniques will improve greatly,” said Oren.

Lancaster will hit the mat again Saturday, January 4, when at King George.

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