Sports: London Central wrestlers out-pin Lakenheath
RAF LAKENHEATH — Before Saturday’s wrestling meet inside Lakenheath High School’s gym, Lakenheath head coach Darryl Brock made a prediction.
“It’ll be between us and London Central,” he said of who would emerge victorious.
The previous weekend, the Lakenheath wrestlers finished fourth out of 11 teams at the SHAPE, Belgium Invitational. Brock believed the outcome could have been different if two of his wrestlers, Kyle Tyree (on vacation) and Dave McBride (out with a leg injury), competed.
With both wrestlers back in the mix, Brock said Thursday that his team could prevail against London Central and the other four high schools participating in the meet.
Regardless of a good performance, the Lakenheath high school wrestlers fell short of first place by 11 points to London Central.
“Overall, I’m very happy with the way they wrestled,” London Central coach Fredo Ontiveros said of his team.
Ontiveros said he has stepped up the intensity of practice to have his wrestlers prepared for this Saturday’s sectional qualifying meet at Alconbury, which will determine slots for the European High School Wrestling Championships.
Wrestlers who finish in first or second place during sectionals advance to the championships that will be held Feb. 17-18 at Wiesbaden, Germany. Third and fourth place wrestlers will be wildcard considerations.
Despite the loss to London Central, Brock feels that his Lakenheath wrestlers will be ready for the spirited bouts during sectionals.
“I think with some of their positive improvement and competition today, I believe they should be doing pretty good,” he said.
The final scores of the high school meet: London Central 132, Lakenheath 121, AFNorth 105, American School in London 64, Alconbury 58, Menwith Hill 36.
Middle school wrestlers also were present during Saturday’s meet to compete in their championships.
Lakenheath’s Kit Creager, a 12-year-old from Indianapolis, Ind., took first in the lightest weight class after beating American School in London’s Nikko Hardmann by a 6-2 decision.
“He’s a good wrestler. Whenever I drove, he would keep slipping back, making sure he kept in front of me,” Creager said of Hardmann.
Creager said he plans to wrestle next year.
“I’m glad to be on top, but I just want to keep going,” he said after winning the 65- to 77-pound weight class.
Besides Creager, two other Lakenheath middle school wrestlers won their weight class, while two more earned second and third in four of the classes.