News from July...2002

Travis Goss Places 5th At The
NHSCA National Open Wrestling Championships.

Cousin, Kyle Goss Finishes In The Top 10.

Lancer wrestler, Travis Goss nabbed 5th place at the National High School Coaches Association Wrestling tournament which was held at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA. July 1-3. 1,400 wrestlers from 36 states participated in the grueling 3 day event. The top 8 wrestlers in each class were awarded All-American status.

Travis competed in the middle school division at 170 lbs. in a field of 31 wrestlers. He won a hard fought 4-0 decision over Brian Ledford of North Carolina in the opening round. Goss held a slim 1-0 lead going into the final period, but wore his opponent down and scored back points in the final 40 seconds.

He then beat Josh Lee of Indiana by an 8-1 count to make the quarter-finals. In the quarter-final round, Goss scored a takedown, an ecape and back points to pull out a 6-1 win over Georgia's Raymond Marvin to guarantee himself a medal.

In the semi-finals he ran into eventual champion, Nathan Lee of Arizona. Lee proved to be a tough customer as he scored three takedowns and back points to run up the score. Travis could only manage one takedown and two escapes as he came out on the short end of a 14-4 score.

Goss lost a 3-1 lead and the chance to wrestle for 3rd place in his next match against Mike Lowrance of Georgia. Lowrance scored a takedown at the end of the 2nd period to tie the score. Goss then cut Lowrance loose, to go for the winning takedown, but Lowrance went into defensive mode and pulled out a 4-3 decision.

Travis faced Corey Morrison of Ohio in the 5th-6th place wrestle off and racked up a convincing 8-3 win to nail down 5th place. Medaling at this tournament was especially satisfying for Travis, since he just missed placing at AAU Nationals earlier this year.

Kyle Goss, who competed in the 145 lbs. middle school division, also wrestled very well in the tournament. Kyle, only an 8th grader, narrowly missed the medal round, but managed to finish in the top ten, in a field of 37 wrestlers.

Kyle pinned Virginia's Mark Van Pelt in the 3rd period, in the opening round. Goss had a big lead when he attempted a spladle and missed it. He ended up on his back briefly, but fought out of it and got the fall. In the second round he decked Keith Schlecht of Washington with an underhook and half nelson at the 1:54 mark.

In the quarter-finals, Kyle put up a good fight but lost to eventual champ, Colby Alberts of Minnesota. He then faced 7th placer Corey Lacey of Arizona in a do or die situation. Kyle needed a win to make a trip to the podium, but came out on the short end of a hard fought 8-2 decision.





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