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Rail City Rumble
by Damian Tromerhauser
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Raiders wrestler Gavin Chickering (on top) works against Spanish Springs’ Austin Lee. Lee won the match with a second-round pin.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Raiders wrestler Gavin Chickering (on top) works against Spanish Springs’ Austin Lee. Lee won the match with a second-round pin.
Hoping to prove itself and pull off an upset, the Reed wrestling team visited rival Spanish Springs Wednesday night in a High Desert League dual meet. The Cougars had other ideas though and cruised to a dominating 57-21 victory.

“Everybody took care of business,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “I was probably only upset about one match, where it didn’t go the way I thought it was going to. They have Brock, Spencer and Jeremy, who were all-state wrestlers and regional champs, so they’re good wrestlers, but you have to have a great team and we have a great team.”

The dual began with Spanish Springs forfeiting the 220-pound match to Spencer Empey. Jeremy Macauley gave the Raiders another six points with a second-round pin in the 285 heavyweight match. Reed 106-pounder Cameron Jones followed that up with an 8-3 decision, giving the Raiders a quick 15-0 team lead.

That was the highlight of the night for Reed as the Cougars reeled off six straight pins and ruled the rest of the night.

Spanish Springs began taking control with a second-round pin by 113-pounder Austin Lee.

“They started off quick and grabbed the momentum,” Imelli said. “We live a lot off of momentum, so it was nice that Austin swung it back our way. Somebody had to stop them and get us going from there.”

The following five matches all went to the Cougars via pin. A second-round pin was notched by 120-pounder Curtis Lampert, while 145-pounder Zach Perez grabbed a third-round pin. Joei Jones (126), Austin Yohey (132) and Blake Nauman (138) all completed first-round pins.

The streak of pins only had a hiccup for one match when SSHS 152-pounder Kevin Avalos captured a tough fought 1-0 decision. Three straight second-round pins by Jaycob Jones (160), Brik Chesley (170) and Tyler Beaulac (182) sealed the following matches for the Cougars.

“Spanish Springs is Spanish Springs,” Reed coach Dan Barraza said. “They’re super tough. They’re super deep. You have to come out aggresive off the bat against them. You can’t come out on your heels. These guys are ready to go from the start, and we need to be too. I feel like we did a decent job. We came out and got the first couple of wins. I’m proud of our guys. We’re young, but now we know where we’re at and now we have the last half of the season to get where we need to be.”

Despite losing handily, Reed closed the night out on a high-note with defending state champion Brock Westlake grabbing a second-round pin for the final 57-21 score.

“Reed’s got a good, young team,” Imelli said. “They’ve got some young guys and they’ve got some older guys that will show them how to work out in the room, and I think that they are going to be a force in the future. Talking to my guys though, we are a more experienced group top to bottom.”

The Raiders will look to rebound when they compete in the Temecula Valley Tournament in Temecula, Calif. Saturday.

“We have to wrestle tough for six minutes, six full minutes,” Barraza said. “A lot of my guys, we didn’t go the distance tonight. We need to be able to go the distance.”

For Spanish Springs, its next action will be in the Windsor Tournament in Windsor, Calif. Saturday.

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