Edmondson's win in last match earns team title

Luke Edmondson had earned the time alone.

Foran High’s senior heavyweight not only had captured his third straight Class M championship, but with his pin of Ledyard High’s Shawn Hundley in the first period of the final match of the night at Guilford High on Saturday, Edmondson had lifted the Lions past the Colonels into first place.

Foran had won the city’s first state wrestling championship, 209-206.5.

After leaving the vestibule he had chosen to compose himself, Edmondson said he hadn’t really had time to let what he and his teammates had accomplished sink in.

Focused on the task at hand, Edmondson didn’t see Foran head coach Dave Esposito fall to two knees and thrust both arms into the air following his win by fall.

Nor did he see Lion assistant coach Noel Luth turning in circles looking for someone to hug.

Edmondson could hear the chant “Luke, Luke, Luke” coming from the stands filled with Foran fans.

And he saw the look in his teammates eyes as they bum rushed him.

“I’m sure it will set in on the bus ride home,” Edmondson said. “I’m just glad I could get it for my guys. We’re all a big family and I’m so happy I could get it for them because everyone deserved this so much.”

While Ledyard was winning at 220 pounds to take the team lead, Esposito turned to Edmondson, who was warming up nearby.

“I told him if I could pick one guy it’s going to come down to it would be him,” Esposito said. “For four years he’s been the rock at the back of our lineup...I told him he didn’t have to anything special other than what he’s done every day for us for four years and he did.”

It took a team effort.

Gino Esposito (113 pounds) and Michael Ross (145 pounds) won titles.

Ryan Luth (132 pounds), Noah Hubler (160 pounds) and Qasim Khan (170 pounds) took seconds.

Jubilee Witte (138 pounds) wrestled back to place third.

Will Mauro (120 pounds) was sixth.

Coach Esposito said: “For the kids, if they didn’t win it didn’t matter...I just don’t want anyone to ever forget how special this team was, and now they’ll have that banner there forever. No one will ever forget,  that’s what makes this so special.”