To no one’s surprise, the Lancaster Red Devils made shambles of the Northern Neck District Tournament held here last Wednesday. With a competitor in each of the 14 weight classes, Lancaster easily out paced the reminder of the four schools with teams present. The battle was for second place with the Northumberland Indians taking two tourney first places, two seconds and a fourth to top Essex and W&L. Team scores had Lancaster with 332.5; Northumberland with 99; W&L at 77; and Essex with 44. Individually, the Red Devils took 11 first places, seven of which were uncontested, meaning no other school had a participant in that weight class. The Indians won both the 138 pound weight class with Alazar Shaffer winning both his matches and the 182 title with Brock Martin winning his lone match. Essex’s Brian Farrow won the only other championship at 120 pounds with two pins. Lancaster’s Adam Wilmore was the unanimous choice of the district’s coaches as Wrestler of the Year at 195 pounds.
For the Indians, seconds went to Will Biddlecomb at 170 pounds and Dylan Davis at 195 pounds. Both C.J. Timberlake (120 lbs) and K.J. Ball (285) took fourths.
All wrestlers will advance to the Region A East Championships at Riverheads High near Staunton on February 15th. Shaffer battled his two opponents by showing superior technique before getting pins in the second period. Martin had to come from behind several times to get his third period pin. Biddlecomb recovered from his first round loss to come from behind in his second, scoring a third period take down, a reversal before getting an eventual pin as time expired.
Alazar Shaffer and Autumn Taylor are this year’s seniors. Shaffer and Timberlake made the district’s All Academic team.
Coach Kevin Keeve stated “I had a little talk with them, if they wanted it that they had to claim it,” adding “I’m proud of them, they gave me all they had.”