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Cougar wrestlers clinch HDL crown at Reno; Reed falls at McQueen
by Tribune Staff
Feb 02, 2011 | 1475 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs wrestling team had no trouble dispatching the Reno Huskies Wednesday night. The SSHS squad's 64-16 romp at Reno capped the Cougars’ High Desert League dual schedule and left their record unblemished.

With the perfect 5-0 conference dual mark, Spanish Springs clinched its fourth-straight league championship. Reno did not put up much of a fight against Spanish Springs in the mid-week dual. The host Huskies won just three of 14 matches on the night and gave their guests six wins by forfeit.

“I was really happy with our team and proud of them,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “As always, our first goal is to win league. Now, we've done that for the fourth straight year.

“We had great support. It looked like the bleachers in Reno's small gym were three quarters full of our fans. You would have had a hard time telling Reno was the home team except for the red on the walls.”

Zach Perez got the Cougars going with a win in the first match of the night. That came at 145 pounds where he picked up a first-round pin.

Garek Tauchen followed for the Cougars in the 152-pound match and gained the local school's first win by forfeit of the evening.

A 10-2 win by Reno's Sam Gill over Chase Morbey in the 160-pound match got the Huskies on the scoreboard, although still down 12-4.

That's when Spanish Springs began to beat up on its hosts. The Cougars racked up wins in eight straight matches. Tyler Beaulac (171) and Nikk Audenreid (189) started the streak of wins for Spanish Springs by reeling off second-round pins.

From there, Spanish Springs gained a trio of consecutive forfeits. Those were given to JJ Phoenix (215), Chase Hauder (HWT) and Ryan Long (103).

Spanish Springs got a third-round pin from Austin Lee (112), a forfeit to Curtis Lampert (119) and a 10-1 decision win by Austin Showalter (125), putting a cap on the eight-match win streak.

Reno did get wins in the 130 and 140 pound matches, but it was far too little too late to make up any ground on the team score. Spanish Springs other win came when Blake Nauman recorded a forfeit at 135 pounds.

“It's hard to come back from giving up 36 free points (by forfeit),” Imelli said. “But I told the kids we don't feel sorry for anybody. Nobody would for us. Regardless of the fact Reno was not filling a whole team or it had some injuries, that's not our problem. We got in there, got on the mat and responded.”

•At McQueen, the Raiders could not overcome being shorthanded. The Raiders forfeited five matches to the host Lancers and wound up getting saddled with a 51-27 loss in their final High Desert League dual meet.

Reed won five matches in the dual affair. Raiders wrestler Todd Good won by first-round pin in the 125-pound match. At 152 pounds, Reed's Reece Dassinger also won via a first-round pin. The Raiders got their next win at 171 pounds when Damon Gebhardt pinned his McQueen opponent in the third round.

Broc Westlake gave Reed a first-round pin in the 189-pound match. Then, at 215 pounds, Reed's Spencer Empey improved to 44-0 on the winter season thanks to an 8-5 win over a tough McQueen foe.

“We knew we were not going to win the duel,” Reed coach Dan Barrazza said. “But we got our matches in for seeding at regionals. We'll have five No. 1 seeds. I like our chances. We've got this weekend off. We'll get a good little break and rest up for regionals. We're excited. This is what we've been waiting for all year.”
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