“I like what we are doing,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “We’re doing a lot of things technically well. We still have to get in wrestling shape. You can tell a lot of our focus has been on technique, which is good because it’s hard to go back later and get technique. So, technically I thought we were doing a lot of good things. The wrestling shape will come. We’ll just keep getting matches and they’ll keep getting their extra time in and I think it will really be one complete dual we can put together.
The dual started with the 195-pound match, which saw the Cougars' Brik Chesley earn a first-round pin. Teammate Anthony Walsh followed with a second-round pin in the 220-pound match, putting the Cougs ahead 12-0. A third-round pin by 285-pounder Chase Hauder left the scoreboard reading 18-0.
The Hawks forfeited the next two matches in the 106- and 113-pound weight classes, giving victories to Wade Wrenn and Ryan Long for a 30-0 lead.
The next match, the 120-pound class, proved to be the only match all night where Hug avoided the Cougars tallying another six points. In a match that went the distance, Tyler Poalillo garnered a 18-2 technical fall, giving SSHS five team points for a 35-0 advantage.
In the 126-pound class, Brandon Leyva got the Cougars back on their pin streak as he recorded a first-round pin. Mason Cunningham followed suit, tallying a pin with 0:02 on the clock in the second round to push the Cougars on top 47-0.
Aside from a Hawks' forfeit to Spanish Springs' Justin Shaffer in the 160-pound class, the next five matches ended by pin fall in favor of the Purple and Silver.
Rito Hernandez (138) picked up a first-round pin, followed by a pair of second-round pins by Blake Nauman (145) and Zach Perez (152). Jake Drescher (170) recorded a first-round pin before 182-pounderTyler Beaulac finished off the Cougars' near perfect night with a pin in the second round, resulting in the 83-0 final.
“I liked the way that we were attacking on our toes,” Imelli said of his team’s all-around performance. “We’ve had a tendency in the past to be on our knees with no pressure and now we have all our guys up and they’re on their toes. That extra pressure means the other guy has to carry your weight. When they’re carrying your weight, that third round becomes a tough position to be in. We wore them down tonight. I was really pleased with our pressure.”
Spanish Springs is back on the mats Friday and Saturday when it competes in the Churchill County Tournament in Fallon.