BELMAR, NJ — For Lucas Revano of Belmar, nothing could top winning his first state high school wrestling championship — except winning his second.
The Camden Catholic High School senior reached that pinnacle on March 2 when he won the 145-pound title in the NJSIAA Wrestling State Tournament in Atlantic City. Revano beat the reigning state champion in overtime, improving his career record to 157-16 and making him only the second two-time wrestling champion in the school’s history.
“The second time winning was just as exciting as the first,” said Laura Revano about her son — the team’s captain who also has four regional and four district titles under his belt, and is a four-time state place winner.
Revano is known for doing his best while the heat is turned on high, as it was in his OT pin of Ricky Cabanillas of DePaul Catholic in Wayne in the finals and an under-the-wire victory the previous night to advance to the championship match.
“He does work best under pressure wrestling the best kids, and (he) loves to make it exciting,” Laura Revano said.
Lucas Revano began wrestling at age 4 as a member of the Metuchen Grapplers. He then joined the Triumph Wrestling Club in Ocean, where he was coached by Nick Roy, an NCAA Division 1 All-American at University of Michigan and a two-time New Jersey state champion.
For the past four years, Revano has been commuting from the family's Belmar home to Cherry Hill to attend the Catholic high school, where he’s a member of the national honor societies for math, science and history. “It’s gotten easier now that he can drive,” said mom.
As for Lucas Revano, he will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall — one of three members of its recruiting class of 2019 currently ranked among the top 100 seniors in the country, according to FloWrestling, which places the Belmar teen at No. 65.
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