Wrestling for Josh Lacey

January 17, 2007 12:00 am
Del Norte wrestler Jake Young makes a move versus Eureka at home Tuesday night. While Young won the match, Del Norte lost 39-30. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson).
Del Norte wrestler Jake Young makes a move versus Eureka at home Tuesday night. While Young won the match, Del Norte lost 39-30. (The Daily Triplicate/Bryant Anderson).

By Bill Choy

Triplicate Sports Editor

It was an emotional evening for the Del Norte wrestling team to say the least. The team wrestled at home on Tuesday evening versus Eureka and lost 39-30.

But in the grand scheme of things, it didn't matter much to the squad.

Only a week ago Wednesday, freshman Josh Lacy wrestled versus McKinleyville at home. On Friday, he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Saturday morning, he died from his injuries.

On Saturday, only 15 minutes before the team wrestled at a tournament in Arcata, the squad was told that Josh had passed away. The team was still able to finish fourth and had four wrestlers win their respective weight classes.

Tuesday night, after each match, as the team huddled together, instead of the usual "1-2-3- Warriors," the chant was "1-2-3 Lacy."

A moment of silence was held before the start of the dual meet for Josh.

"They've been through a lot this week," assistant coach Clinton Schaad said. "They did good. We lost some and won some."

It was also senior night, with senior wrestlers honoring their parents with a bouquet of flowers.

After the dual with Eureka was over, the team made a spontaneous decision to give one of the remaining flowers to Josh's mother, Carlene Lacy, who had entered the gym with other family members after the matches had begun.

The entire team approached Carlene Lacy and gathered around her as many hugs and tears were exchanged.

Freshman Matt Valdez said it was important for the team to show Josh's mom that they were in their thoughts. He added it was vital for each team member to wrestle hard because they knew Josh would had wanted them to do the best they could do.