The gym floor seemed more crowded than normal on Wednesday December 9 as the LHS wrestling team took on the Wheatridge Farmers, losing 63-15. LHS has┬ámore wrestlers than ever on the team, fielding 14 young men, which is double the number they had last year. 14 wrestlers was still not enough to overcome the forfeits that have plagued LHS in years past, as the Lions were only able to put forward ten competitors for 15+ planned contests.
A pin 54 seconds into his match came from Poe Di, and a pin just 27 seconds into the heavy match came from LHS’s Aron Pino. Ryan Hisamoto also won his match 8-4 through three rounds, yet those three wins were not enough to overcome the other seven plus six victories by default of Wheatridge.
“It’s just a numbers game for us right now. I hope the younger guys stick with the program once we graduate,” said Hisamoto.
The fear of losing the program again is legitimate, as five of the 14 members are seniors. The injury bug has also bitten the Lions early in the year, as senior Scott Corwin and senior captain Greg Kennedy are out for at least four weeks with hip troubles.
The boys are working as hard as ever in practice, utilizing the newly finished wrestling room and the new coaching staff.
“We have four new coaches this year. They definitely help us out a lot,” said Hisamoto.
With strong senior leadership and a talented coaching staff, the Lions are looking to improve and send several wrestlers back to state. The team’s next home meet is also their last of the season, where they take on Standley Lake in a dual on February 4.