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Reed, Spanish Springs wrestlers win duals
by Damian Tromerhauser
Jan 25, 2012 | 1303 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed wrestler Ryan Carter (on top) works for position against Hug’s Justin Aldrich during their 170-pound match.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed wrestler Ryan Carter (on top) works for position against Hug’s Justin Aldrich during their 170-pound match.
The Reed wrestling team was in action Wednesday evening and made quick work of host Hug, dispatching the Hawks for an 81-0 Northern 4A dual victory.

The Raiders jumped out on Hug from the very first match with 106-pounder Cameron Jones securing a second-round pin for the first six points of the night. The pin would set a trend for the rest of the evening with Reed scoring nine pins out of 10 matches actually wrestled.

“We got off to a good start,” Reed coach Dan Barraza said. “Cameron went out there and got a pin against a tough opponent so that was good and got us going. The other guys just kept it on rolling. We scored over 80 points, so that was really good.”

After the quick work by Jones, the rest of the Raiders followed suit.

Three straight first-round pins by Gavin Chickering (113), Jake Otuafi (120), and Knute Tuhus (126) pushed the Reed advantage to 24-0.

The only hitch in the streak of pins on the night for the Raiders came when 132-pounder Brady Wood earned a 12-6 decision for three points, making the score 27-0.

Travis Moore got the Raiders’ pin run back on track with a second-round pin in the 138-pound match. Erik Stockwell (145) and Alex Landa (152) gained first-round pins before 170-pounder Ryan Carter and 220-pounder Spencer Empey added on to the pile with second-round pins, bringing the score to 57-0.

“We have a young team so it was great matches for our young guys,” Barraza said. “They all came up big so that was huge for us. They won matches when they were supposed to.”

Hug forfeited four matches to Brandon Kimble (160), Calvin Cox (182), Broc Westlake (195) and Jeremy McCauley (285) to bring the final tally to 81-0.

Despite the lopsided win, Barraza said that his team must stay focused moving forward.

“We definitely have to improve,” Barraza said. “We have to keep striving to get better because other teams are. Right now it’s easy to kind of relax a little bit because it’s so late in the season, but we can’t relax. We have to keep on working hard.”

Reed will hit the mats again when it takes part in the Corning Tournament in Corning, Calif. on Saturday.

•The Spanish Springs wrestling team had a little bit harder time while it visited McQueen Wednesday evening, but nonetheless it was able to walk away with a 50-21 High Desert League dual victory.

The Cougars started off well with 170-pounder Brik Chesley earning a 4-3 decision and 182-pounder Tyler Beaulac notching a first-round pin for an early 9-0 lead.

From there, the Cougs fell behind as McQueen reeled off five straight match victories, excluding a forfeit to 113-pounder Austin Lee. The Lancers revival put Spanish Springs into a 21-16 hole with the momentum in favor of McQueen. The five-match spurt would be the only scoring for McQueen as the Cougars refused to stay down, storming back from that point for the dual win.

“To be honest, it was a lackluster start by us,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “We don’t have time to make excuses for ourselves. We won our first two matches then we kind of had a streak where we were winning all of the matches and then just let them go. It kind of started a spiral down for us. I thought we had a streak of four matches in a row where I was frustrated because I didn’t think that we went out there to take care of business. We were just kind of going through the motions.”

The Cougars were all business for the rest of the dual.

Back-to-back first-round pins by Curtis Lampert (126) and Austin Yohey (132) put the Cougs right back on top, grabbing the lead back at 28-21. Blake Nauman (138) kept the roll going with a 22-7 technical fall win and 145-pounder Zach Perez recorded a pin in the first-round pin. Tony Paccella (152) received a forfeit win and 160-pounder Jacob Jones closed out the team win with a 9-1 major decision.

“I wasn’t overly pleased with how we started, but we got through our lower and middle weights and our kids responded and finished,” Imelli said. “It wasn’t our most impressive dual win, but in the end they got it down. It’s definitely not indicative of us. The kids kind of got there and went through the motions to start.

“Bouncing back like we did, shows the strength of a dual team. We feed off of each other. We feed off of our guys’ wins. We had to regroup as a team and put a foot down and say this is not us. This is not how we do things. It shows our grit to finish. We ended up finishing like we should. We’ll regroup them from here and get them going back to prepare them for a regional title.”

Spanish Springs will see action again in the Placer Tournament in Placer, Calif. Saturday.

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