“Anytime the kids can see the results of hard work, and keep that going for the next group, and kind of leave on good note for them, it’s always exciting,” Spanish Springs wrestling coach Joe Imelli said. “I’m obviously happy for the boys and that’s goal No. 1 and now it’s on to regionals.”
The match was a short one as Hug was only able to put four wrestlers on the mat, surrendering 10 forfeits.
Imelli wouldn’t describe the brief tune up before regionals as frustrating but said it was unfortunate that some of his senior wrestlers weren’t able to get one final home match in.
“You want to see your seniors that are out there get a match at home, the last one, but it’s not so much frustrating, I feel for those guys not being able to get on the mat,” Imelli said. “You know the things we’ve talked about over the last four years and keep preaching to those guys, control what you can control. And we have no control what kids they put on the mat.”
Jake Sylvester (182), Tyler Poalillo (126), Blake Boswell (132) and Cole Drescher (138) were the only Cougs to get on the mat – all earning pins.
Sylvester went two rounds, Poalillo went three, Boswell went two and Drescher was on the mat for just 26 seconds.
Now the Cougs turn their focus to the North tournament, which starts next Feb. 14 at Reno High.
“Obviously we will take a look at some of the kids we have matched up with that may have beat us through the year and see if there is stuff we can do differently to put is in a favorable advantage to win the match,” Imelli said.
The Reed wrestlers did not manage as well as the Cougs Wednesday night, falling 45-26 at Reno.
The loss dropped the Raiders to 2-3 in league duals this season with wins over Hug and North Valleys.
Reed trailed 9-0 after the first two matches – the 170s and 182s – before Calvin Cox (220) lost on points in triple overtime to distance the gap to 12-0, which Reed could not overcome.
Despite falling below .500 in league duals to finish the season, first-year Reed wrestling coach Mike Klapp thought the match provided some positives heading into the North regional next Friday, in the same Reno gym.
“I think that it certainly shows us the places we can be successful as well as the places we need to improve,” Klapp said.
Like Spanish Springs, the Raiders now turn their attention to the regional meet.
“If everybody wrestles to their potential, we have a real good shot at doing well,” Klapp said. “We have the potential to do some good things, whether it’s it at zone this year, or at state, or going for next year. We want to get as many kids qualified at zone for state as we can get and get as many kids as we can on the podium as well.”