SHINGLE SPRINGS — Showing depth and lineup strength in the absence of key individuals, the Ponderosa wrestling team won 11-of-13 matches Wednesday — nine via pins — to destroy Pleasant Grove 61-10 in Delta River League wrestling action.
The Bruins began their barrage of pins at 106 pounds as T.J. Holloway used a half nelson to gain a fall in the second period. That was followed by a pin by Pre Deitchman (113) with a head an arm. After a double forfeit at 120 pounds the string of pins continued for the Bruins as Jake Gonzales (126) used an arm bar to pin his opponent.
Jacob Garcia (132) showed tremendous resolve as he battled out of a head and arm throw to pin his opponent in the second period with a cradle.
“I heard the crowd screaming and it gave me strength to fight back and not give up which is what our team is all about,” Garcia said.
With Garcia’s victory, the Bruins owned a 24-0 lead and that grew to 37-0 once Colin Hustrulid (140) won by pin; Jonathon Timm (145) gained a major decision by a 16-4 score; and T.J Shamblin earned a decision by winning 17-10.
The next two matches for the Bruins were once again pins as Joshua Ferry (160) and Trae Providence (170) earned falls to give Ponderosa a commanding 49-0 advantage.
At 182s, Nat Israel battled over three rounds but fell 11-1. The Bruins earned one more pin on the evening as Kyle Jennings used a cradle to pin his opponent in the second period.
After Joe Delvalle suffered a defeat by a fall at 220 pounds, the night was finished by Henry Sharoyan (HWT) who was given a victory by medical default.