“It was close. We knew it was going to be close,” Reed coach Dan Barraza said. “A couple matches go to pin, tech a guy ... Those little points matter and they mattered today.
“Other than that I’m really proud of my guys. They did a really good job. I’ve got seven freshman in my starting lineup. What they did against this team, this is a very tough team, I’m proud of them.”
Reed (5-4, 2-2 4A) took the lead first after a forfeit to Knute Tuhus in the 103-pound weight class.
David Hibler earned a pin for Reed in the first round of the 119-pound match to put Reed ahead of Reno by one pin, 12-6.
Reno took pins in the 112 and 125-pound matches for an 18-12 lead, heading into the 135-pound weight class. Reno earned the decision there for a 22-10 advantage, when Garrett Adamson couldn’t hang on in the end after a tough battle. Reno tallied another pin, this time at 145s, taking a 34-12 lead over the visiting Raiders.
Reed came back with a pin by Reece Dassinger in the 152 bout. Dassinger got his pin 36 seconds into the second round of his matchup.
After losing to a pin at 160s, Reed freshman Spencer Empey won by decision in the 171-pound weight class. That left his squad trailing 40-23 in the overall score.
At 189s, Reed’s Broc Westlake had to work extra hard to get some much needed points. After tying the score at 3-3 after three rounds, Westlake, a sophomore at Reed, took his opponent into overtime. Following a bit of a battle in the one-minute round, Westlake was able to gain control and overtake Madison to score for the Raiders, taking the decision in the sudden-death round.
This was not the first time that Westlake had the chance to square off with Madison.
“We wrestled them last weekend at Big Valley and it was a close match there,” Barraza said of the 189 matchup. “They’ve got the same styles. They clash like that. You never know. Hopefully at regionals we can get the same outcome.”
To go along with Westlake’s decision points, Reed got an extra 12 points due to forfeits by in Reno in the 215 and heavyweight divisions, accounting for the 40-38 final score.
“We had a number of kids step up,” Barraza said. “We had Garrett Adamson who stepped up big. He didn’t win but he went in there and hung and that kid is very talented so I was proud of him.
“Our main guy Broc (Westlake) stepped it up with his win in overtime. Spencer Empey, Reece Dassinger, they all stepped it up.
Reed is off this weekend getting in some rest and training before a tournament in Fernley on Jan. 22. Reed’s next dual will be against HDL rival North Valleys at home on Jan. 27.