by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Lancaster High School’s wrestlers went unbeaten, 5-0, last Saturday to win its first National Guard Montrossity tournament at Washington & Lee High School.
Hosted by the Eagles for eight years, the tournament included six teams with Lancaster beating host W&L, 64-12, downing Caroline, 40-36, and defeating Northumberland, 42-30. The Devils also got by King George, 43-30, and beat Maggie Walker, 42-27.
“We got great performances out of our young wrestlers,” said LHS coach Craig Oren. “The team members seemed to be inspired by each other’s success. My experienced wrestlers, Deandrae Wade, John Martin and Will Parker, led the way with big pins when they needed. Will had a great week last week, winning all seven of his matches.”
Parker, at 138, went unbeaten at 5-0 for gold at Montrossity and picked up wins over Mathews and Northampton in the Mathews Tri last Wednesday. As a team, the Devils lost to Mathews, 45-33, and to Northampton, 45-27.
Freshman Adam Wilmore (195) picked up his second gold medal of the season last Saturday, going 4-0, at Montrossity to be named the Most Valuable Wrestler of the tournament.
“Adam is now 12-0 on the year, which is an impressive start for a freshman,” said Oren.
Sophomores Jacob Taft (152) and Joseph Sheppard and freshman heavyweight Cedrick Ward all had four wins for silver last Saturday.
Dominique Veney (132) went 6-1 against opponents last week, picking up a key win over Taylor Shreaves of Northampton at the Mathews Tri.
“We lost two tough (team) matches to solid opponents, Mathews and Northampton,” said Oren. “But we wrestled well. Our team’s inexperience was evident. Dominique was the shining star for the night with two pins.”
Also picking up three wins each last week were juniors Leanne Nguyen (106) and Alyssa Meadows (126).
“Leanne and Alyssa really did their parts. They showed their toughness and combined for 30 team points last Saturday,” said Oren.
Sophomore Ethan Eppihimer (106) had two wins last week.
Other members of the LHS wrestling team this season are junior heavyweight Joziah Arington and freshman heavyweight William Cooke, seniors Matthew Bavuso (182) and Tyus Clayton (152), sophomore Richie Failmezger (160) and freshmen Justin Baugh (152) and Lucas Pittman (138). Cooke and Bavuso both picked up a win last week.
The Red Devils will host the Lancaster Duals tournament beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 17, at LHS. They have two weeks off before traveling to Mathews on January 7.
- December 17 Lancaster Duals
- January 7 at Mathews
- January 13-14 at Northampton
- January 18 at Northumberland Tri
- January 20-21 at Ram Rumble
- January 25 at Middlesex Tri
- February 4 Conference #43 Tournament, Rappahannock County High School
- February 10-11 Region 1A East Tournament, Riverheads High School
- February 16-19 Group 1A Tournament, Salem Civic Center