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Cougars beat up Hawks, Reed falls to No. Valleys
by Dan Eckles
Dec 21, 2011 | 1848 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs 220-pound wrestler Anthony Walsh (in purple) won his match with a first-round pin.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs 220-pound wrestler Anthony Walsh (in purple) won his match with a first-round pin.
The Spanish Springs wrestling team had a night that was as close to perfect as it may over get. The Cougars crushed Hug, 83-0, in a High Desert League dual meet Wednesday night at SSHS.

The most points a team can score in a high school dual, which features 14 weight classes, is 84 points. Spanish Springs, which did capture wins in every weight class, was one point shy of a perfect night on the scoreboard.

“It was a fun night,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “That’s the highest point total we’ve ever put up. But it’s just one dual. We can’t do that against (league rivals) Reed or Reno. It was an opportunity and we wrestled to our potential.”

The dual started with the heavyweight match, which saw Cougars sophomore Chase Hauder win with a second-round pin. Spanish Springs’ 106-pounder Ryan Long got a forfeit and the Sparks school had a quick 12-0 team score lead.

The next match, 113 pounds, was the lone match of the night to even

get into the third round. Austin Lee captured a 19-4 technical fall victory, giving the Cougars five team points. It was the only match all night where Hug avoided giving the Cougars six points.

In the 120 and 126-pound matches the Cougars collected first round pins by Tyler Poallilo and Curtis Lampert respectively.

Hug forfeit the 132-pound match to Spanish Springs’ Joei Jones, leaving the scoreboard to read 35-0.

Spanish Springs proceeded to win the next five matches with first-round pins. Those went to: Blake Nauman (138), Zach Perez (145), Rito Hernandez (152), Jacob Jones (160) and Brik Chesley (170 pounds).

The next two matches, 182 and 195, both saw Spanish Springs pick up forfeit wins. Those went to Tyler Beaulac and Michael Clemens.

The last match of the night accounted for the final 83-0 margin as Anthony Walsh earned a first-round pin for Spanish Springs.

“I’m happy, because when we addressed the kids before the match, we talked about no matter who you’re wrestling they’re putting in the time and they’re coming in to beat you,” Imelli said. “So we want to show them our best effort. We did that. We put kids on their backs and went for pins.”

Spanish Springs is in action again Wednesday and Thursday when it competes in the annual Sierra Nevada Classic hosted at the Livestock Events Center.

•At Reed, the host Raiders were handed a 42-36 loss by North Valleys.

“It’s disappointing, but it was close and we were competitive,” Reed coach Dan Barraza said. “I was hoping to get a win over them. They’ve had our number the last couple of years. We’ve got a young team and we’re still getting better. We want to peak at the end of the season.”

All six of Reed’s victories came by pin. The Raiders just didn’t get enough. North Valleys won eight of the 14 weight classes to take the dual victory.

At 113 pounds, Cameron Jones earned a first-round pin for Reed. Next, at 120 pounds, Raiders wrestler Jake Otuafi garnered a second-round pin.

In the 145-pound match, Erik Stockwell captured a second-round pin to help the Raiders’ cause.

Reed’s two defending state champions, Broc Westlake (195) and Spencer Empey (220), both took home wins with first-round pins.

The RHS squad’s other victory came in the heavyweight match where freshman Alden Gang won via a first-round pin as well.

“We did get a lot of pins but we gave up a lot of pins too,” Barazza said. “We have to work on getting off our backs and not giving up bonus points, not giving up major decisions and technical falls and pins. If we keep those low and get pins, we’re going to win duals.”

Reed will compete in the Sierra Nevada Classic next week as well.
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