EL DORADO — In its fourth Sierra Valley Conference dual meet of the season, Union Mine High wrestling team fought hard against River City Tuesday night at the Snake Pit. But the visiting Raiders rallied from a 28-19 deficit to post a narrow 37-34 win over the Diamondbacks.
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River City won three of the last four matches for the victory. One of those losses was a D’backs (1-3) forfeit in the 108-pound class. Union Mine forfeited two matches due to injuries.
“You take away forfeits and put some bodies in there, it’ll be close,” Union Mine head coach Tim Brown said. “These kids have wrestled hard. Even though we lost, I told them (after the match) to hold their heads high. I’m really proud of these kids.”
One of the two D’back grapplers who was out of the starting lineup was Matt Cathy (138s), who was nursing a finger injury.
After the D’backs James Warden (195s) pinned his opponent in the first round in 31 seconds to give his team the 28-19 lead, Union Mine lost those close matches. Augie Ahuna (220s) lost by pin. After its forfeit loss in the 108s that gave River City a 37-28 lead. Union Mine won its last match of the night when Chris Lee (113s) posted a 15-0 major decision.
Winning their matches in the dual meet for the D’backs were Steven Walker (120s) by a 3-0 decision, Kevin Casio (126s) by a 13-0 decision, Christian Beck (132s) by a 6-2 decision, Colton Lawson (152s) by a 17-5 decision, Brian Craik (160s) by pin in the second round and Hunter Cannon (182s) by pin with 27 seconds left in the third round.
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