By Mark Altstaetter – email@example.com
At last year’s Division III state wrestling tournament, Lucas lost a heart-breaker to Dayton Christian’s Tommy Hoskins, 1-0, in the 113-pound championship match.
This weekend, Lucas got his chance.
This time Lucas went up against Delta junior Drew Mattin in the 120-pound championship match at Ohio State’s Jerome Schottenstein Center.
Mattin, who is already committed to the University of Michigan to wrestle, won the 2015 state title in the 106-pound weight class.
Saturday’s championship match between Lucas and Mattin was everything it was built up to be.
In a very strategic, defensive-type match, Mattin came away with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Lucas.
Mattin (47-5) scored an escape in the first overtime tie-breaker to garner the 1-point lead. In the second overtime tie-breaker, Lucas was unable to counter, giving way for the Mattin victory.
“It was definitely a tough match,” Lucas said. “It wasn’t how I wanted it to end, but I know things could have been worse. There are so many ways that things could have went.
“Things definitely did not go the way I wanted them to, of course. I should have gotten those two (points) right at the beginning. But, it is what it is. I’m just going to try to keep my head up, move on and grow from here.”
Lucas (45-3), a senior, will continue his wrestling career at the University of Maryland next school year.
“I have the college career left,” Lucas said. “So, I just have to go there and grow and become better all around.”