Though Thursday’s dual meet at Gardner-Edgerton didn’t finish the way he wished, Lansing wrestling coach Ron Averill was quick to praise his squad’s effort.
“I was really pleased with the way we competed,” Averill said. “Win or lose, we have been making vast improvements throughout the season and I was very encouraged about how we competed all through the night.”
As Averill pointed out the positives, he also accepted the negatives. Aided by the fact that Lansing had five open weight classes, the Lions were trounced by the Blazers 58-10.
“We were competitive in the lighter weights,” Averill said, “but we were open at five weight classes, so it’s going to be pretty tough to be competitive in a dual when you are open in five weights.”
Highlights from the competition included Sky Summers dominating his 120-pound opponent 12-2 while Elijah Hill and William Gering each won by a score of 8-3.
“All of those guys have really been picking it up in practice the last couple of weeks,” the Lions coach said, “and I just feel like they are reaping the benefits when they get out on the mat.”
Other Lansing results included Cole Hoing losing 9-4 at 126, Zach Caraccilo falling 2-0 at 145 and 182-pound Caleb Ward losing 10-2. Justin Smith (152), Camden Chiles (160) and Treyvon Taylor (195) all were pinned.
Lansing will compete in the Louisburg Invite Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.