by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
John Martin captured his third silver medal for the season and Will Parker battled back for a bronze to lead Lancaster’s wrestlers at the two-day Fred Diem/Scott Miles Round Robin Tournament on the Eastern Shore last weekend.
The tournament at Northampton High School featured 10 teams with nine matches in two days. Matoaca won the tournament with host Northampton as the runner-up. Henrico was third.
“I really liked the format of this tournament,” said LHS coach Craig Oren. “It really pushes the wrestler’s mental and physical toughness. After a two-week Christmas break and missing a week due to snow, this demanding tournament really showed how much the lay-off hurt. It helped us realize how much work is needed to get back to where we were in our last tournament.”
Martin (145) rallied from a first-round loss to finish at 7-2 in the tournament for a silver medal. Parker (138) also refocused “after a few tough losses,” said Oren, “to pull out some well-disciplined wins.” Parker finished at 6-3 for a bronze medal.
Freshman Adam Wilmore suffered his first losses of the season to go 6-3 and place fourth among 195-pounders.
Dominique Veney, at 132, went 5-4, a match away from a podium appearance.
Leanne Nguyen (106) went 3-6 for the tourney and Tyus Clayton (152) picked up two wins for the Devils.
Winning one match each for LHS were heavyweight Cedrick Ward, Alyssa Meadows (126) and Justin Baugh (152).
The Devils will travel to Williamsburg Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21, for the Ram Rumble at Lafayette High School.