With five seniors wrestling at home for the final time, it was an extra special senior night for the Norton Lancers’ wrestling team against the Dighton-Rehoboth Falcons. Picking up a 50-23 win against the Falcons, the Lancers improve to 22-3 this season.
Deven Schuko picked up a big win at 130 pounds after trailing 7-4 to D-R’s Tom Ramlay. With 1:24 left in the match, the freshman lightweight scored a late pin to pick up the first Norton win of the evening.
“Deven is a first year wrestler and he’s a great fighter,” Norton head coach Pat Coleman said. “He’s got that ability to hang in there even though he’s behind on points. He can turn the match around in two seconds if he throws him on his back.”
With Norton fielding a young group of wrestlers in the lower weight classes, the Falcons jumped out to a slim 14-11 lead after five matches but wins from Russell Hansen (132), Brett Pike (138), and JT Taylor (145) gave the Lancers the lead back for good.
Senior captain Jack Cuneo (160) picked up a 7-0 win while Elliot Johnson (170) and Mike Travers (182) also earned pins to clinch a Lancers’ victory.
The Falcons picked up a couple of more wins at 195 and 220 but Steve Hudson’s pin 43 seconds into his match at 285 capped off the Lancers’ 22nd win of the season.
Prior to the match, the five seniors were recognized as part of the Senior Night activities. With a league, sectional, and state titles as part of their achievements, the seniors represented some of the best wrestlers to ever compete for Norton.
“During their four years, Norton wrestling has had their three best seasons ever,” Coleman said. “There are only five seniors but they have really seen a great deal of success in their four years.”
Norton travels to Wayland for a quad meet on February 2