“They just won their fifth league title, so it’s a pretty good showing for our kids,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “You know, we lost the regional title to Carson last year so they were motivated tonight. Of the 14 weight classes, they only won two and they’re the Sierra League champs.”
The dual started with the heavyweight match, which Spanish Springs’ Chase Hauder took by pin-fall. Next, SSHS 106-pounder Wade Wrenn grabbed a 7-3 decision.
At the 113s, Cougar Ryan Long took a 5-1 decision to extend the Spanish Springs advantage before Tyler Poalillo (120) earned a second round pin. A third round pin from Spanish Springs’ 126-pounder Mason Cunningham followed.
In the 138-pound match, the Purple and Silver continued its dominance as Rito Hernandez took a 13-5 major decision. Afterward, Zach Perez (145) secured a 9-2 decision followed by a 6-0 decision at the 152s for Hunter Kelly. A 4-0 decision to Tyler Beaulac then came in the 182-pound match. A forfeit went to Brik Chesley at the 195s before 220-pounder Anthony Walsh closed out the dual with a 40 second pin.
Spanish Springs will now take part in a 12-team dual in Placer, Calif., before setting its focus on the Division I North regionals beginning next Friday at Reno High.
“I really want the kids to understand that we can beat anyone,” Imelli said. “There’s nobody that we should be afraid of. We’re a very, very good team and we’ve worked hard. I also want them to understand that every time you weigh in and you put that singlet on, you have an opportunity to win. So it doesn’t matter who you are. Tonight was nice, but it won’t matter if we don’t do anything about it next week.”