North Valleys took advantage of a depleted and lethargic group from RHS, scoring eight pins on the night, half of which came in the first round as the Panthers cruised to a 57-21 HDL dual victory.
“We rolled over for them. We just rolled over for them tonight,” Reed coach Dan Barraza said. “We didn’t fight off our backs. You make one mistake in this sport and that’s it, that’s the match. It’s not like football where I throw a pick-six and then get the ball right back to try to make up for it. Here, you make that big mistake and that’s it, the match is over.
“We did some good things but then we made big mistakes and that really hosed us tonight. We had five starters out due to injury, but regardless, the effort tonight was pretty poor.”
After 160-pounder Erik Stockwell got the Raiders on the scoreboard first with an 8-6 decision, North Valleys quickly set the tone in the next three matches.
Panther Gaspar Pinon (170) got things started for NVHS, grabbing a 7-4 decision to tie the dual at 3-3. A pair of pins followed for the visitors as a first round pin by Mason Meyer (182) and a second round pin by Luis Gonzalez (190) vaulted the Panthers ahead 15-3.
Reed bounced back with a pair of first round pins of its own, but the quick 12 points proved to be the lone bright spots for Reed. In the 220-pound match, senior Spencer Empey made easy work of his opponent, grabbing a pin just over a minute into the match. In the next contest, 285-pounder Damon Gebhardt won in the blink of an eye, getting his hand raised after pinning his opponent in just 11 seconds to leave the score at 15-15.
From there, it was all down hill for the Raiders as they would win just one more match the remainder of the night, that as the result of a forfeit. Aside from a forfeit to North Valleys’ 113-pounder David Watson, the Panthers pinned their way to victories the rest of the way.
A first round pin by 106-pounder Mack Welch got the ball rolling for NVHS. Justin Adkinson (126) then scored a third-round fall, followed by a pair of first round pins from Mickey Castonguay (132) and Taylor Hagar (138). North Valleys closed out the night with a second-round pin by 145-pounder Aron Chavez and a third-round decision for 160-pounder Adam Kamikawa.
With a pair of tournaments slated before a league dual showdown with Spanish Springs, Barraza said there is a lot of work ahead for the Raiders, starting in the room.
“That dual is big for us because we’ve only beat Spanish Springs one time in school history,” he said. “For me, that’s always a big one, but if we wrestle like this tonight, it’ll get ugly.
“We have to get serious in the room. We have to train and come with intensity. You have to be intense and the intensity was not there tonight. We have to have that and it has to be in our room and out there on the mat. We have to go out there and be meaner. We have to get tough, flat out. I’m disappointed, honestly. There’s not a lot of positives.”
Riding a wave of forfeits by Reno, the Spanish Springs wrestling team walked away from its High Desert League dual with a 54-24 victory Wednesday night.
The Cougars and Huskies took the mat in just six matches, with the remaining eight of the 14 weight classes being decided by forfeit. Seven of those forfeits went in favor of SSHS, handing Spanish Springs 42 points.
Despite a limited number of kids seeing action, Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said he was still pleased with what he saw.
Spanish Springs will now travel to Windsor, Calif. for a tournament.
“Right now at this point, we should be physical on the mat,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “We should be doing the stuff that we’ve been working on all year, which means we’re not making up our own stuff. We should be programmed into running our stuff and our tanks should be full.
“Those really are the things that we need to look at right now. We need to make sure that we’re not running out of gas in that third period. At the beginning of the year I could see that, but now we’re at the point where that isn’t an excuse for anybody.”