LANCASTER — There was no raucous celebration from the Lancaster wrestling team on Saturday. In fact, there was virtually no emotion at all.
The Flying Arrows were already looking ahead.
“I would say it’s expected,” Cody Glass said of the team’s WIAA Division 3 regional crown. “We practice hard every day. The coaches expect it. We expect it.”
Lancaster ran away with its own regional with 276 points, taking titles in eight weight classes and advancing nine wrestlers to individual sectionals on the way to a team sectional berth. Mineral Point finished second and Iowa-Grant/Highland was third.
“We bust our butts in practice, and we make each other better every day,” junior Kyle Mezera said. “Every time we step on the mat, it’s a battle.”
Mezera, a state tournament qualifier the last two years, scored the second of three consecutive titles for the Flying Arrows from 120 to 132 pounds.
“After we got through those three, it was crazy,” the 126-pounder said. “That’s where I was thinking, ‘We got this.’ ”
Mezera, Glass, Tyson Wolf, Cole Martin, Daniel Rice, Trenton Cornell, David Chadd and 2012 state champion Ethan Soderstrom all won regional titles for the Flying Arrows. Four of those victories were over wrestlers from Mineral Point, which secured seven individual sectional berths — the same number as Iowa-Grant/Highland. The Pointers’ three individual titles were highlighted by Robbie Chubb’s win at 195 that moved the senior to 37-1.
In the end, though, it was all about the Flying Arrows, whose matter-of-fact attitude might have been best personified by Glass in a 3-0 decision over Iowa-Grant/Highland sophomore Kyle Soderstrom for the title at 182.
“I went into the match thinking, ‘He can’t beat me. I don’t want a wrestleback. I don’t want to have to do this again. I might as well win now and give 100 percent,’ ” Glass said.
What ensued didn’t necessarily mirror the fire of the Lancaster senior’s words — it proved to be more of a grind-it-out encounter than a crowd-pleasing exclamation point — but it did provide a fitting cap for the Flying Arrows, earning the team its final championship of the day.
“Last week, I was kind of upset because I had to wrestle 15 pounds heavy,” Glass said. “The middle of the week, Coach grabbed me and said, ‘You have to get that out of your mind. It’s not a big deal. Just think, nobody can beat you.’ That’s exactly what I did today, and it worked out, I guess.”
They expect more of the same at next Saturday’s Brookwood sectional.
“We expect to win,” he said. “(Assistant coach Chris Martin) says before every match if we work hard and go out there and take care of everything individually, the scores will come together and it will all take care of itself.”