Lafayette won its first regional wrestling title Saturday night, edging Henry Clay by the narrowest of margins thanks to a win in the last match Saturday night at Wayne County.
"Man, we are exceptionally happy," Generals Coach William Green said. "These guys just kept pushing and pushing. They had their backs to the wall but they believed they could do it."
Lafayette's Landon Young beat Henry Clay's Jordan Caldwell 4-0 in the heavyweight division, the last match of the 7th Region tournament, to give the Generals a 213 to 212 1/2 photo-finish victory.
Young, a sophomore who has committed to play football at Kentucky, was one of six individual region winners for Lafayette.
Angel Vasquez was tops at 138 pounds and was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.
"He's a tenacious wrestler who keeps coming after you," Green said.
Lafayette also got victories from Justin Torgerson (126 pounds), Jon Green (152), Jackson Avant (170) and Dameon Black (182). Lafayette's William Bossart (195) was runner-up.
"We had seven guys in the finals and six won. I couldn't be prouder," Green said.
Henry Clay had four region champs: twin brothers David and John Hernandez at 106 pounds and 113, respectively; Mike Whalen at 145, and Nathan Moore at 220.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualified for the state tournament at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena next week.
"We have nine guys who qualified, so I feel confident we can score some points at state," Henry Clay Coach Andy Critchfield said.
"We're disappointed we didn't win the region because that was one of our goals.
'But Lafayette wrestled extremely well in the finals. They were really tough. And if we were going to lose, I'm glad it was to Lafayette and Coach Green. I'm proud to see another Lexington team bring it home."