The Lawrence University wrestling team went into their annual Florida trip looking to continue their season’s good start and they succeeded. The Vikings went 8-0 on the trip, going 4-0 at the Citrus Duels in Fort Lauderdale and 4-0 in the Central Florida duels in Orlando. The Vikings have now upped their record to an amazing 9-1 in duel matches this season.
There were some amazing individual performances as well. Two seniors, who have excelled during their entire careers, led the Vikings. Ric Scannell went 7-0, and increased his season record to 15-2. Nick Morphew went 8-0 for the Vikings and improved his season record to 12-1.
The Vikings’ Kimberly, Wis. connection was also working well. Sophomore Ben Dictus went 7-0 and freshman John Budi went 8-0 to help the Vikings to the clean sweep. Dictus is now 17-5 for the year and Budi is 13-5. The Vikings’ next meet will be Saturday in Milwaukee in the MSOE duels.
LU Women ready for first conference test
The LU women’s basketball team is preparing for their first major conference test this weekend against Ripon. The Vikings have been on fire their last few games, going 3-0 with their lowest margin of victory being 25 points. The Vikings are 1-0 in the MWC this season after a 70-36 drubbing of Beloit on December 6th. Over the winter break the Vikings put away Occidental College 70-44 and Whittier College 69-44.
The Vikings will face a strong challenge this Saturday from the Red Hawks. Ripon comes into the game with a 1-0 record in the MWC as well after defeating Carroll 83-54. The Red Hawks will be out for revenge in this game. Their first game against Lawrence since LU upset the then MWC leading Red Hawks 67-66 on a Felice Poratta jumper with two seconds remaining
Poratta is the second leading scorer for the Vikings averaging 11.7 points per game. Claire Getzoff is the leading scorer for the Vikes with an average of 18.1 points per game. The Vikings will take on Ripon this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Alexander Gym. The game can also be heard on 91.1 WLFM with Andy York behind the mic.