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OAK RIDGE'S Austin Scott, left, and El Dorado's Marcus Douglas square off in last Thursday's dual meet between the local schools. Courtesy photo

Sports

Cougars win twice, Oak Ridge once at 3-team dual

By From page A6 | January 28, 2013

El Dorado wrestling hosted a three-team dual Thursday that included Oak Ridge and Whitney. Both local squads defeated the Wildcats before the Cougars rallied to defeat the Trojans on a pin by John Kunkle in the evening’s final match.

Oak Ridge, minus its top guns, opened with its 47-24 win against Whitney. Starting at the 160-pound weight class, Whitney got on the board first with pin of James Lee before the Trojans made it 29-6 with a technical decision by James Portilla (170), a pin by Bishane Sagal (182), and forfeits awarded to Patrick Irwin (195), Eugene Cheong (220), and Aidan Storlie (285).

Whitney got another pin against Kevin Belcher at 106s, before a forfeit to Trevor Cazares (113) and a 9-2 decision by Eric Tikhonov (120) made the team score 38-12. The Wildcats then picked up two wins: a 12-6 decision over Daylin Wofford (126), and pin of Austin Scott (132).

Oak Ridge secured the team victory when Blake Persijn (138) received a forfeit bringing the team tally to 44-21. Each team picked up a decision in the final two matches, as Whitney won 3-0 over Nick Diaz (145), and Trojan John Ploke won 7-1 at 152s.

The Cougars then took the mat against Whitney. Jeremiah Romero (160) beat his opponent 18-7, before Tyler Land fell victim to a pin at 170. El Dorado’s Alex LeBaron (182) won 10-8, and Zach Brazell received a forfeit at 285 after double forfeits at 195 and 220. Willy Gadow had a 15-9 advantage when the Wildcat wrestler was forced to injury default at 106, bringing the Cougar’s lead to 19-6.

After another double forfeit, Whitney got its second win with a 3-2 decision over Alex Ollar, who bumped up from 113s. El Dorado’s Jacob Tabatchnick (126) won a 14-7 decision but Marcus Douglas (132) was pinned to put the Wildcat’s within striking distance at 22-15. A forfeit for Nathaniel Erskine (138), a 9-4 decision for Dan Carey (145), and a pin for John Kunkle gave the Cougars a 37-15 victory.

The final dual was an inter-county battle with five lead changes. At 160 Trojan James Lee was up 3-0 in the second period before Tyler Land turned a takedown to a pin to put El Dorado up 6-0. Oak Ridge ran up a 22-5 lead behind Portilla’s 10-1 major decision over Romero, Sagal’s pin of LeBaron, and forfeits to Irwin and Storlie. The Cougars answered with a run of their own as Brazell (285), Gadow (106), and first-year wrestler Ollar (113) all won by pins as El Dorado grabbed a 23-22 advantage.

The Trojans recaptured the lead after a forfeit to Tikhonov (120), and Wilson’s 11-10 decision in the ultimate tie breaker match against Tabatchnick (126) made it 31-23. The Cougars came right back when Douglas (132) and Erskine (138) were in tight matches, but both got pins in the third period putting them in the lead 35-30.

In another closely contested match, Ploke (145) put Oak Ridge within two points with a takedown in triple overtime for a 7-5 decision against Carey. In the “winner-take-all” final match of the dual, Kunkle was able to secure El Dorado’s 41-33 win with a second period pin.

Cougar Richard Silva won 8-1 over Wofford in exhibition to end the night.

David Pimentel

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