SHINGLE SPRINGS — As the calendar nears the Christmas holidays, it can only mean one thing: wrestling is in full swing. For the squad from Ponderosa High, it’s also an opportunity to compete in front of the hometown fans in the annual Ponderosa Duals which took place Friday.
With 12 teams competing in the team tournament format, the Bruins cruised through their pool with little difficulty. After Ponderosa crushed Del Campo 76-8, the Bruins turned their attention to another local team, El Dorado, and treated the Cougars like everyone else, rolling to a 73-1 victory.
That left Granite Bay remaining in their pool and the Bruins once again walked away with a victory to advance to the championship bracket.
Once in the semifinals, Ponderosa easily dispatched Will C. Wood 66-0 before moving on to the finals against Roseville. The result was the same as the Bruins showed their dominance again by dismantling the Tigers to emerge the champions of the 2010 Duals.
“We had a really good tournament today as our entire team wrestled hard every match and continued wrestling the whole six minutes,” Ponderosa coach Tyson Escobar said. “Right now the team is off to a great start and wrestling very well. There are things we can work on though and this week we will get back in the practice room and look to get better.”
With such an overpowering and dominate performance, the Bruins placed 13 wrestlers on the all tournament team, several from the junior varsity squad which also competed and finished a respectable seventh place .
Two Ponderosa varsity wrestlers that each finished with a record of 5-0 on the day were Tim Ditrich and Alex Greybill. Both completely dominated their competition and finished with three pins.
“The team was fantastic against everyone and you can’t do much better than what we did today,” Ditrich and Greybill said after the tournament. “There are things we can improve on though and one of those things we know is coach Escobar will want us to be in better shape.”
Overall, Ponderosa had a fantastic tournament as it pummeled the competition and easily steamrolled everyone on its way to a championship.
El Dorado had a rough day. The Cougars followed up their defeat to Ponderosa with two tough loses to Vista Del Lago and Rio Verde, a team comprised of wrestlers from Rio Linda and Mesa Verde. El Dorado had an opportunity to win its final dual but came up just short in a 38-36 defeat.
“We have a very young group of kids and we’ll be working all season to improve and get better. Today was tough, however we learned a lot and look forward to the rest of the year,” Cougar coach Dave Pimental said.
Along with Greybill (112 pounds) and Ditrich (125), the Bruins on the all tournament team include Eric Greybill (119), Walker Ditrich (135),Daniel Gorans (103), Sean Melton (130), Devon Nooner (160), Jeff Camilli (171), heavyweight Riley Nooner, Jonathon Timm (119), Chip Hendricks (145), Christian Canepa (135) and Allen Emmons (171), who celebrated his 18th birthday Friday.