The ref raises Lucas Etchason's arm acknowledging the win. He had won match number 100 by a forfeit. He was disappointed not to have had a match, but nonetheless he had 100 wins. Photo by Chuck Rhodes
by Ruth Hanson
There were balloons and lots of pictures and congratulations at the end of the Cobra wrestling meet on Tuesday.
It isn't every day that a wrestler wins the one hundredth match of his high school career. But Lucas did just that.
Lucas Etchason, a Triton 195-pound senior who is ranked number four in the state, won his one hundredth wrestling match on Tuesday, December 10, in a home meet against St. Clair.
He had begun wrestling as a four-year-old tussling with his father. He had won his first varsity match as a seventh grader. It was his only win that year.
He had won his ninety-ninth match that same night against Dominic Depestel of LARP, a pin in one minute and 11 seconds in the first period.
Then it came - the chance to wrestle for number 100. But the 195-pound wrestler from LARP hadn't been in school that day. Lucas didn't want to win by a forfeit, nor did Coach Shane Van Beek want him to have to, so he bumped Lucas up to 220. But it didn't matter. The 220 wrestler for LARP bumped up to the empty heavyweight spot and that was that. The referee raised Lucas' hand high in the air. He had won match number 100 by a forfeit.
He was disappointed not to have had a match, but nonetheless he had 100 wins.
What a feat!
The Cobra wrestler is hoping to wrestle at State for the third consecutive time and place higher than the fourth he won last year.
"But I have to get there first," he said.
There will be more on the wrestling meet in the Dec. 18 issue of the Star Herald.