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Cougar wrestlers rip Panthers
by Tribune Staff
Dec 16, 2009 | 612 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne
Spanish Springs’ Austin Yohey (at right) works for position against No. Valleys’ Dalton Depoli during their 125-pound match Wednesday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne Spanish Springs’ Austin Yohey (at right) works for position against No. Valleys’ Dalton Depoli during their 125-pound match Wednesday night.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs’ Zach Perez (background) won 9-1 over Zach Townsley at 130 pounds.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs’ Zach Perez (background) won 9-1 over Zach Townsley at 130 pounds.
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The defending High Desert League champion Spanish Springs wrestling team had little trouble capturing its second conference dual meet victory Wednesday night, dumping North Valleys, 67-9.

The Cougars beat up the Panthers on their home mats, taking wins in 12 of the 14 weight classes. North Valleys did not forfeit a single weight class to its guests, but the Panthers still could not compete.

In the 145-pound match, Michael Arevalo won a 12-6 decision for North Valleys and at 171, Lewis Glasco managed a third-round pin for the Panthers. Those were the lone wins on the night for the NVHS grapplers.

“I thought our kids got after it up and down the lineup,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “We talked about going out there, keeping the pressure on and not giving our opponent a chance to relax.

“At this point, right now, if we continue to grow, we’ll be a very strong team as we go into January and then February. But there’s a lot of wrestling to do and a lot of hard work ahead. If we’re satisfied with being 2-0 in league, someone will come back and knock us off. We can’t be content.”

The dual meet started well for the Cougars, who got a first-round pin from Austin Lee in the first match of the night, 103 pounds.

Curtis Lampert and Todd Pearson kept the momentum going for Spanish Springs, winning with second-round pins in the 112 and 119-pound weight classes respectively.

Austin Yohey (125) won by technical fall, 18-3, and Zach Perez (130) posted a 9-1 decision to keep the ball rolling for the SSHS crew.

At 135 pounds, Anthony Acosta breezed to a first-round pin and then at 140 pounds, Jess Sylvester put together a 15-1 win.

By that point, Spanish Springs had a 37-0 lead in team points.

“This was the first chance for Acosta and Sylvester to drop down to their new weight classes and they looked really strong,” Imelli said. “I’m pleased with how we wrestled. We’re definitely getting more physical and more aggressive. I think that will help us as we get to tougher matches. It will help our kids wear other kids down. We’re in a good spot to go into Christmas break and then back to league later.”

Spanish Springs got a third-round pin by Garek Tauchen in the 152-pound class and Blake Myers followed with a first-round pin at 160s.

The Cougars concluded the dual with a trio of first-round pins. Clay Coleman turned the trick in his 189-pound battle and then Erwin Soto did the same at 215. In the final match of the night, heavyweight, Spanish Springs’ Billy Dean proceeded to win by pin, just 13 seconds into the first round.

The Cougars will have six wrestlers compete in the ultra competitive Tournament of Champions this weekend while the rest of the squad goes to a tournament at Lowry high in Winnmemucca.
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