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Raiders, Cougars capture HDL dual wins
by Kayla Dubchansky
Dec 09, 2009 | 1040 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Debra Reid - Reed’s Spencer Empey (background) works against Elko’s Tyrone Mills en route to a second-round pin during Wednesday’s High Desert League dual meet.
Tribune photo by Debra Reid - Reed’s Spencer Empey (background) works against Elko’s Tyrone Mills en route to a second-round pin during Wednesday’s High Desert League dual meet.
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The Reed wrestling team won in interesting fashion Wednesday night, pulling out a 40-39 dual meet victory over visiting Elko.

Reed and Elko were tied at 39 after all the weight classes had finished. The officials had to look at the tiebreaker criteria all the way to “criteria H” which was first points. Reed beat Elko 12-11 on first points in order to get the win.

“It went down to we each had the same amount of pins,” Reed coach Dan Barraza said. “It went down to like the H criteria and we got more first points so we barely squeaked them out 11 to 12 when it went to the H criteria. It was very, very, very close, not the kind of win you want to get.”

Elko forfeited in the 103 and 119 classes, giving Reed’s Wade Fry and Knute Tuhus victories.

Reece Dassinger picked up a big win in the 160-pound weight class, pinning Elko’s Alex Martinez 23 seconds into the second round.

“Reece gave us the pin he needed to get and he’s been sick,” Barraza said.

Spencer Empey picked up a pin in the 171-pound match for Reed, also in the second round.

Adding a third pin in a row, Reed’s Drew Bryant finished off Elko’s Bryndan Frazier in the second round.

While scrapping by with the win, first-year Raiders head coach Barraza was not satisfied with it.

“I’m not satisfied,” Barraza said. “We got the win and it’s tough with the guys not at their right weight.”

The RHS squad hosts the Reed Roundup tournament this weekend.

Spanish Springs def. Hug

The Cougars opened their season with a dual meet victory against Hug and a 75-6 win Wednesday.

“Sometimes we were sloppy,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “Some matches we got after it, and the kids I expected to do well, did well. We had a couple situations where we got sloppy.”

Spanish Springs won all of the meet’s matches except for one. The Cougars had 11 pins out of the 13 matches.

“Up and down the board, we ended up with 11 pins out of the contested 13 matches. Six of those pins were in the first period.

“I’m glad we’re finishing it,” Imelli said. “We’ll even get stronger as kids move weight classes and we really get settled into our lineup. For the first dual of the year within league, the kids did a nice job.”

In the 171-pound class, SSHS freshman Jake Drescher was one of the six first-period pins.

“I was really proud of him stepping up into that role and doing that,” Imelli said. “That’s a hard weight class.”

Spanish Springs will head to Fallon for a tournament Saturday.
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