Last season, at the Division III state wrestling tournament at Ohio State, Lucas lost a hard-fought match in the finals of the 113-pound weight class, 1-0, to Dayton Christian’s Tommy Hoskins.
Now, Lucas (45-2) will get another chance to capture that elusive state title.
Friday night, Lucas defeated Massillon Tuslaw’s Isaac Elliott 10-8 in a semifinal to advance to tonight’schampionship match at 120, against Delta’s Drew Mattin (46-5). Mattin won a state title last season at 106 pounds.
Tonight, on the big stage at Ohio State’s Jerome Schottenstein Center, Lucas will get one more shot at a state title.
“I’m pretty excited,” Lucas said. “But, I have to stay focused. It’s a huge match tomorrow. This is my senior year, it’s the state finals. I can’t be too excited about the state finals, because I have to stay focused. It feels great, but I still have one more to go.”
In Friday’s championship quarterfinal, Lucas major-decisioned Sandusky St. Marys Central Catholic’s Cameron Gessner, 11-3.
Added LCC coach Nick Sanchez, “We’re wrestling with a purpose. That’s the main goal right now. The main thing is that we come out physical and ready to wrestle the way we know how.”