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St. Pius X Golden Lions
SPX Wrestlers take Second in Area Duals
January 11th, 2015
The St. Pius X Varsity wrestling team earned its first berth to the State Duals in six years by taking second at the 2014-15 Area Duals held at Marist on Saturday January 10, 2015. This is only the second time St. Pius has advanced to the State Duals.
St. Pius defeated Arabia Mountain in the first round, wining every match in a shut-out. With this win, the team advanced to the semi-final dual against Lithonia, who was ranked 7th in the state. SPX had a tough start against Lithonia, losing the first three matches. In a gritty match against a formidable opponent, Senior Gaelen Athanaze pulled out a win and changed the momentum of the dual. SPX then went on a roll, where the team unseated the second-seed Lithonia Bulldogs, due largely to the strong leadership by Head Coach Mike Lancaster in his first year leading the team. The Pius grapplers then faced a strong Marist team in the finals, ultimately losing to the Eagles to take second place. On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the Pius wrestlers will head to Macon to take part in the State Duals Tournament.