Spanish Springs improved to 4-0 in league duals and is still the favorite to claim its second straight conference crown. Reed fell to 2-1 in league duals.
The host Cougars dominated the dual, winning nine of their 10 matches by pin. The other SSHS victory came when Todd Pearson picked up a forfeit at 119 pounds.
“I thought it was going to be a lot tighter match,” Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli said. “I told the kids, ‘we need every point we can get.’ Our light weights getting pins was huge. We had a span of four pins in a row from 130s to 145s. That’s 24 quick points. I was really pleased that when we put people on their backs, our kids were finishing.”
The dual started with the 285-pound match where Spanish Springs’ first-year wrestler Alejandro Cruz picked up a first-round pin. Austin Lee and Curtis Lampert followed and collected a first and second-round pin respectively for the SSHS squad.
After Pearson’s forfeit win, Reed got on the scoreboard with a second round pin by David Hibler in the 125-pound weight class. That made the score 24-6.
From there, the Cougars notched their four straight wins by pin: Zach Perez (130), Anthony Acosta (135), Jes Sylvester (140) and Sean Hubbard (145).
Reed added to its total when Reece Dassinger (152 pounds) got a first-round pin for a 48-12 team score.
The two teams then traded triumphs as Spanish Springs’ Blake Myers won by pin at 160s and Reed’s Spencer Empey won by pin at 171s.
The best match of the night came in the 189-pound weight class when Reed’s Broc Westlake captured a 3-1 decision over Spanish Springs’ Clay Coleman. That was the lone match of the dual to go the distance.
JJ Phoenix grabbed a first-round pin for Spanish Springs at 215, the final match of the dual.
Reed has another HDL dual tonight, at Reno at 6 p.m. Spanish Springs is back in action Saturday in the King of the Mat tournament hosted by Windsor, Calif.