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Spanish Springs wrestlers bury North Valleys in HDL dual
by Dan Eckles
Jan 15, 2014 | 1420 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Dan Eckles - Spanish Springs Frankie Patetta (foreground) dropped a 4-0 decision to North Valleys' Steven Johnson during their 152-pound match Wednesday night.
Tribune photo by Dan Eckles - Spanish Springs Frankie Patetta (foreground) dropped a 4-0 decision to North Valleys' Steven Johnson during their 152-pound match Wednesday night.
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The Spanish Springs wrestlers won 14 of 18 the scheduled matches against North Valleys and cruised to a 60-19 triumph in the High Desert League dual meet between the two schools Wednesday night.

"North Valleys is a tough team," Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. "We respect what they do over there. We always have to prepare for the 'what ifs' and know our kids had better be ready to wrestle."

Spanish Springs took advantage of four forfeits and a free 24 team points. Jake Sylvester (182 pounds), Chase Hauder (285), Nick Poallilo (106) and Nick Massett (120) picked up the forfeit wins.

Spanish Springs got off to an 18-0 lead thanks to a trio of pins to start the meet. Isaac Ruiz (126), Blake Boswell (132) and Cole Drescher (138) accounted for the early wins by pin.

North Valleys followed by winning three of the next four matches. Senior Mason Meyer capped the mini run for the Panthers with an 8-0 win in the 170-pound weight class. Despite his athlete taking the defeat, Imelli said he was still pleased with his 170-pound freshman wrestler, Casey Preston.

"That guy (Meyer) has been beating some tough kids," Imeli said. "It was a loss for us, but that guy is good. Casey is a freshman wrestling in the big boy weights. Tonight, he wasn't scared at all and he definitely competed."

The match was still tight at that point with the host Cougars leading 24-12. That didn't last as Spanish Springs proceeded to win the next five matches and six of the last seven to end the meet.

Brik Chesley (195) and Anthony Walsh (220) earned back-to-back first-round pins to highlight the late stretch of wins, which included the four forfeits.

Spanish Springs will compete this weekend in the Windsor, Calif. tournament before hosting HDL rival Reno Jan. 22 in another HDL dual.

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