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Cougars beat up Raiders
by Tribune Staf
Jan 07, 2009 | 1053 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed’s Mitchell Payne (left) and Spanish Springs’ Jared Brusby lock up in their 140-pound match Wednesday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed’s Mitchell Payne (left) and Spanish Springs’ Jared Brusby lock up in their 140-pound match Wednesday night.
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The Spanish Springs Cougars’ hopes of another High Desert League dual meet championship are still alive and well. That’s because Spanish Springs kept its HDL dual record perfect Wednesday night, improving to 4-0 after a 46-27 prep wrestling victory over Reed.

Spanish Springs got off to a good start at Reed, winning the first five matches of the Rail City rivalry meeting. Austin Lee (103 pounds) and Curtis Lampert (112 pounds) both picked up wins by second-round pin. At 119 pounds, Spanish Springs’ Todd Pearson won thanks to a first-round pin.

Beau LaBarr (125 pounds) and Cody Rogers (130 pounds) kept the Cougars winning with a 12-2 decision and first-round pin in their respective weight classes. The string of wins left Spanish Springs with a 28-0 lead on the scoreboard.

“I felt good about our showing,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “Reed’s got a pretty good lineup ... but we made some adjustments, a couple moves and our kids pulled through and really wrestled well.”

Reed got back into contention with three straight wins of its own. In the 135-pound match, Reed’s Reece Dassinger got a win with a second-round pin. Mitchell Payne followed for the Raiders with a second-round pin. RHS 145-pounder Derek Ratto added another second-round pin.

Reed’s run of wins trimmed the Spanish Springs’ advantage to 28-18, but the visiting Cougars won three of the next four matches to ensure themselves the victory.

Spanish Springs collected forefit wins by Taylor Freshman and Chris White at 152 and 171 pounds. Neither team had a wrestler in the 160-pound weight class, thus no points were awarded.

The Raiders found the win column again when defending state champion Brandon Gebhardt won with a second-round pin.

Erwin Soto snared the final Spanish Springs win on the night with a first-round pin in the 215-pound weight class.

Reed’s Matt Roberto wrapped up the action with a 2-0 decision win in the 285-pound match.

The Spanish Springs wrestlers take their show to Anderson, Calif. for a tournament there on Friday and Saturday.

“We won the Douglas tournament last weekend and I think it’s really gone and helped the kids’ confidence,” Imelli said. “We’ve always talked about being a good dual team and now we’re showing we can be a good tournament team. It’s a slow process but the kids are definitely responding well.”

•Reed (2-2 HDL duals) had two matches on the night. Earlier Wednesday, Reed had dropped a 42-37 conference clash to Reno.

Just like in their team’s loss to Spanish Springs, Reed’s top wrestlers, Dassinger, Payne, Ratto, Gebhardt and Roberto all captured individual wins.

“Overall, I think we did well in the two matches,” Reed coach Ric Fehr said. “The kids wrestled well. Everybody did what they were supposed to do and what they were expected to do for the most part.”

Considering it was a five-point loss, Reed’s three forfeit defeats in the middle weights proved costly.

Reed will compete this weekend at the Big Valley Classic in Stockton, Calif.
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