The Cavaliers are on a roll

Published 12:19am Friday, January 17, 2014

Lakeland High School’s wrestling team extended its team win streak to four meets on Wednesday. The Cavaliers visited Heritage High School and came away with a 42-36 victory, their second conference win of the season.

In recent history, the Cavs have typically lost team events because low participation forced them to forfeit several weight classes. They gave up five classes on Wednesday while the Hurricanes only gave up two, but the Cavaliers still pulled through.

“I felt good about the win,” Lakeland head coach Jamaal Jones said. “I think it gave my guys some confidence, let them know that if they actually just go out and wrestle their match, that they can succeed.”

This was the first time the Cavaliers had faced Heritage, and they did not know what to expect from the Hurricanes as a team. Jones told his wrestlers it did not matter, and emphasized the importance of setting the tempo.

“For the most part, everybody went out and did that last night,” he said on Thursday.

Out of the eight matches wrestled, Lakeland won six, all by pin.

Jones cited junior Travis Jones as a standout after his heavyweight match against senior Jordan McCree. Travis Jones is working to eventually compete in the 220-pound weight class, and thus his smaller size makes the 285-pound division challenging.

“He was wrestling against a guy who outweighed him by probably 20 pounds at heavyweight,” Coach Jones said. “One of the good things that (Travis Jones) showed last night was he showed some resiliency.”

McCree presented a style of wrestling to Travis Jones that he had not faced before, but the Lakeland wrestler consistently countered his maneuvers and executed a pin two minutes and 49 seconds into the match.

“He made the adjustments that were needed, and he came out with the win, so I was real proud of him for doing that,” Coach Jones said.

Lakeland’s victorious wrestlers on Wednesday helped themselves down the road because individual seeding in the conference tournament is based on individual conference wins.

“We’re excited moving forward,” Jamaal Jones said.

Lakeland travels to Hampton on Saturday for the Phoebus Invitational at Phoebus High School. Next Thursday, the Cavs visit Tallwood High School. On Jan. 29, Lakeland will host its final regular season conference meet, which will be against Denbigh High School and Phoebus.

Following are the results from Wednesday’s meet at Heritage High School:

 Lakeland 42, Heritage 36

106-Tut Harville (L) pinned Tucker (H) in 0:32; 113-Kevin Dale (L) pinned Green (H) in 0:10; 120-double forfeit; 126-Frink (H) pinned Bruce Odom (L) in 5:00; 132-Devin Harden (L) pinned Bullin (H) in 1:38; 138-Nick Battaglia (L) pinned Dodson (H) in 1:35; 145-Blade Hubbard (L) pinned Shackleford (H) in 2:30; 152-(L) forfeit; 160-(L) forfeit; 170-(L) forfeit; 182-(L) forfeit; 195-(H) forfeit; 220-Bell (H) pinned Hunter Etheridge (L) in 0:28; 285-Travis Jones (L) pinned McCree (H) in 2:49

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