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Cougar wrestlers take down Reed
by Dan Eckles
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Tribune photo by Nathan Orme - Spanish Springs’ Zach Perez (on top) throws Reed’s Wade Eiler to the mat en route to capturing a first-round pin.
Tribune photo by Nathan Orme - Spanish Springs’ Zach Perez (on top) throws Reed’s Wade Eiler to the mat en route to capturing a first-round pin.
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There was plenty of hype leading up to Wednesday night’s High Desert League dual wrestling meet between Rail City rivals Reed and Spanish Springs. There just wasn’t much drama once the action got underway.

Spanish Springs won eight of the first nine matches and cruised to a 46-28 triumph at Reed, improving to 3-0 in HDL duals. Reed fell to 0-3 in conference clashes.

“I’m excited about the win and I’m excited that our team was able to come through in a tough rivalry,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “I know Reed was amped up to wrestle us and I was excited for us to wrestle some tough competition. We got put in the spotlight and we came up big for our school and the program.”

There was some drama in the first match. Spanish Springs 103 pounder Ryan Long captured an 8-6 win in overtime against Reed’s Gavin Chickering. Long had trailed 5-0 early in the match.

Already leading 3-0, Spanish Springs picked up wins in the 112 and 119 pound matches thanks to pins from Jon Jones and Curtis Lampert respectively. Jones won in the first round and Lampert in the second.

Reed’s lone win in the first eight matches came in the 125-pound match. Raiders wrestler Todd Good pinned SSHS foe Rito Hernandez.

“I felt like we could’ve done a little better, but I’m proud of our guys,” Reed coach Dan Barrazza said. “We wrestled tough. We did some things well and some other things poorly, but Spanish Springs is a good team. They are solid with lots of depth.

“We were in a pretty big hole. We could’ve cashed it in but we kept fighting.”

From there, the Cougars ripped off wins in five straight weight classes. The first came at 130s where Austin Yohey won by forfeit. Next, Blake Naumann took a 7-6 win at 135s when he broke a 6-6 tie in the waning seconds of the match, thanks to an escape.

“I thought there were three pivotal matches, 103, 125 and 130,” Imelli said. “Those were pivotal for us to pull off the dual win. I knew they had four solid kids at the back, and if we lost those three earlier matches, we’d be in trouble. Our guys showed a will to finish and take care of business for their team.”

Tony Paccella, Zach Perez and Garek Tauchen followed with pin wins for the SSHS squad at 140, 145 and 152.

In the 160-pound match, Reed’s Reece Dassinger broke the Raiders' drought when he collected a second-round pin. Unfortunately for Reed, that still left it trailing 42-12.

Spanish Springs snared its last win of the night in the 171-pound battle. Jake Drescher got the decision win by a score of 17-7.

Reed’s prowess in the heavier weights showed as it strung together wins in the final three matches to cap the night. At 189 pounds, Broc Westlake took a 9-0 win over Spanish Springs’ Sean Hubbard, one of the top wrestlers in the Northern 4A at that weight.

Then, at 215 pounds, Reed’s Spencer Empey stayed perfect on the season, winning with a third-round pin.

“Broc and Spencer had tough opponents, two of the top guys in the region,” Barrazza said. “They both wrestled real well.”

At heavyweight, Reed’s Jeremy McCauley wrapped up the dual with a first-round pin, accounting for the final 46-28 margin.

Spanish Springs will try and keep its league dual mark unblemished when it hosts McQueen on Jan. 26. Reed’s next league dual is Jan 19 at home against Hug.

Spanish Springs won eight of the first nine matches and cruised to a 46-28 triumph at Reed, improving to 3-0 in HDL duals. Reed fell to 0-3 in conference clashes.

“I’m excited about the win and I’m excited that our team was able to come through in a tough rivalry,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “I know Reed was amped up to wrestle us and I was excited for us to wrestle some tough competition. We got put in the spotlight and we came up big for our school and the program.”

There was some drama in the first match. Spanish Springs 103 pounder Ryan Long captured an 8-6 win in overtime against Reed’s Gavin Chickering. Long had trailed 5-0 early in the match.

Already leading 3-0, Spanish Springs picked up wins in the 112 and 119 pound matches thanks to pins from Jon Jones and Curtis Lampert respectively. Jones won in the first round and Lampert in the second.

Reed’s lone win in the first eight matches came in the 125-pound match. Raiders wrestler Todd Good pinned SSHS foe Rito Hernandez.

“I felt like we could’ve done a little better, but I’m proud of our guys,” Reed coach Dan Barrazza said. “We wrestled tough. We did some things well and some other things poorly, but Spanish Springs is a good team. They are solid with lots of depth.

“We were in a pretty big hole. We could’ve cashed it in but we kept fighting.”

From there, the Cougars ripped off wins in five straight weight classes. The first came at 130s where Austin Yohey won by forfeit. Next, Blake Naumann took a 7-6 win at 135s when he broke a 6-6 tie in the waning seconds of the match, thanks to an escape.

“I thought there were three pivotal matches, 103, 125 and 130,” Imelli said. “Those were pivotal for us to pull off the dual win. I knew they had four solid kids at the back, and if we lost those three earlier matches, we’d be in trouble. Our guys showed a will to finish and take care of business for their team.”

Tony Paccella, Zach Perez and Garek Tauchen followed with pin wins for the SSHS squad at 140, 145 and 152.

In the 160-pound match, Reed’s Reece Dassinger broke the Raiders drought when he collected a second-round pin. Unfortunately for Reed, that still left it trailing 42-12.

Spanish Springs snared its last win of the night in the 171-pound battle. Jake Drescher got the decision win by a score of 17-7.

Reed’s prowess in the heavier weights showed as it strung together wins in the final three matches to cap the night. At 189 pounds, Broc Westlake took a 9-0 win over Spanish Springs’ Sean Hubbard, one of the top wrestlers in the Northern 4A at that weight.

Then, at 215 pounds, Reed’s Spencer Empey stayed perfect on the season, winning with a third-round pin.

“Broc and Spencer had tough opponents, two of the top guys in the region,” Barrazza said. “They both wrestled real well.”

At heavyweight, Reed’s Jeremy McCauley wrapped up the dual with a first-round pin, accounting for the final 46-28 margin.

Spanish Springs will try and keep its league dual mark unblemished when it hosts McQueen on Jan. 26. Reed’s next league dual is Jan 19 at home against Hug.

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