, 2014

Red Devils wrestlers ride winning
wave into post-season competition

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

After two weeks of snowed out matches, Lancaster’s grapplers returned to the mat February 3 to go 2-0 at an Essex High School tri-meet. 

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The Lancaster High School wrestling team went 7-0 against Conference #43 teams during the regular season. Members, from left, are (front row) Beau Nickerson, John Martin, Matthew Pittman, Trevor Smith, Enrique Brooks, Daniel Banks, Deshay Smith, Brandon Hill and manager Ellie Hyde; (next row) assistant coach Sam Terry, Jamie Coates, Thomas Hyde, Sam Bouis, Shane Chambers, Grant Long, Elijah Morris, Kenique Stewart and coach Craig Oren. The team also includes Lane Brocklebank, Brad Smith and Marcus Vickers. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster defeated King & Queen, 59-18, then edged the homestanding Trojans, 39-35. 

“These two wins capped a 10-match win streak and gives us a lot of momentum going into the region tournament,” said LHS coach Craig Oren. “After two weeks layoff due to snow, this competition was important for us to knock off the accumulated dust.”

Lancaster had six wrestlers go unbeaten at 2-0 in the match including Trevor Smith, Kenique Stewart, Beau Nickerson, Grant Long, Thomas Hyde and Sam Bouis. 

“Trevor has been out with a bad ankle, but it didn’t seem to bother him. If he can continue to wrestle at the level he has been lately, he has a great chance to qualify for state,” said Oren. “Thomas and Sam continued their winning ways and I’m really excited for these guys because they are peaking at the right time.” 

Long, wrestling at 152 pounds, secured a high seed in the upcoming region tournament when he beat Essex High’s Edwin Mesa, 19-12. 

“Mesa is one of the toughest contenders in Grant’s weight class,” said Oren. 

Three LHS wrestlers went 1-1 in the match including Daniel Banks, Marcus Vickers and Lane Brocklebank.

Lancaster was supposed to compete in the Conference #43 tournament at Rappahannock County High School last Saturday, but the event was cancelled because of inclement weather. Instead, conference leaders will move on to compete in the 1A East sectional tournament Saturday, February 15, at Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista. The Group 1A state tournament will be February 21-22 at Salem Civic Center in Salem.  


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