LCHS Splits Two Meets

The La Cañada High School wrestling team isn’t letting the pandemic diminish its CIF Southern Section aspirations. While many programs have opted to not participate due to COVID-19 concerns and lack of testing, the Spartans are doing what they can to get on the mat — even if it’s outside.
“It’s actually something the wrestlers had mentioned before COVID,” said LCHS head coach Justin Luthey.
The LCHS administration managed to schedule an outdoor dual meet for its athletes against Redondo Union High of Redondo Beach last week and Luthey walked away filled with gratitude despite his team having lost 37-36.
“It was just really cool,” Luthey said. “I just want to start by thanking our administration, particularly Carrie Saks and [Assistant Principal] Jason Ito. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for them to balance all the sports that are condensed into two seasons right now as well as joint use. I’m really grateful because Carrie bent over backwards for this and I totally respect her hard work.”
The defeat only toughened La Cañada, which went on to defeat Downey Warren, 42-39, last Saturday.
The Spartans will square off with Rio Hondo League rival South Pasadena and then face Covina Northview on Saturday. LCHS will close out the regular season with three dual meets in as many days against La Verne Bonita, Glendale Hoover and La Puente Bishop Amat.
“At this point, we feel like we’re battle tested,” Luthey said. “We’ve been able to get a lot out of this season.”