The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania Trojans took home a championship trophy Saturday, but their greatest victory of the day may be in a bout they intentionally lost.
A wrestler for another high school, Lucas Ortiz, was forced to sit out his senior year because of an injury, at a time when he had 99 wins in his last three years.
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The Chambersburg coach and many of his wrestlers knew Ortiz from off-season matches and didn’t like seeing his record end one win short of 100. The coach let his team decide what to do, if anything, and they came up with a plan.
They asked Ortiz to represent his school, Conestoga Valley High, in one bout — even though he was injured. When he reached the mat, Chambersburg senior Matt Strunk walked out and announced he was forfeiting the match.
“Some of our guys know Lucas pretty well and said he’s a really good guy,” Strunk told USA Today. “So we wanted to do something for him.”
Ortiz says it meant a lot to be starting his college career with 100 wins behind him. It meant even more to him that his opponents were “great guys.”
Photo: Tsutomu Takasu, CC
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