EL DORADO HILLS — In its second Delta River League dual meet of the season, the Oak Ridge wrestling team fell 39-24 to the visiting Folsom Bulldogs Wednesday.
“We knew how tough they were coming in. We went against Folsom earlier this year in a tournament and they beat us pretty bad. So we knew how good they were, but I thought we did a good job. There were a couple where we outmatched, but we wrestled really hard. So I was happy with our performance. We didn’t get a win like we would’ve liked, but I was proud of the boys and their effort,” Trojan coach Casey Rhyan said.
Oak Ridge took control of the match early. In the opening fight at 182 pounds, Bishane Sagal lost to Jake Bienvenue by the narrow score of 1-3. But at 195s, Zach Claiborne wore out Jerod Nooner en route to a pin. With the score tied at 2-2 in the third period, Claiborne twisted his opponent to the ground, gaining six points for the Trojans.
“I was really happy to see Zach be patient because of a lot of the time he tries to force things, and that gets him in trouble. But he did a great of job of waiting for his opportunity, and he took it,” Rhyan said.
Sherman McVay (220) added to the lead with another pin, taking a commanding 9-3 lead before another takedown set up his fall of Justin Badger for a 12-3 lead.
“Sherman’s had a great season so far. He gets in really awkward positions, but he’s just really strong,” Rhyan said.
Folsom didn’t oppose Jacob Proul in the Heavyweight division but the ‘Dogs took control from there on. Josh Ploke (106) lost to Carlos Alvarez 2-14 and after Curtis Booth(113) defeated Trojan Christian Portilla 14-5, Folsom pulled within three points at 18-15 when Jerry Garrido (120) shut out Daelin Wofford 11-0.
Trojan Xavier Liongson(126) came up just short in a decision against Andrew Coyne, losing 6-5. Folsom then assumed the lead when Josh Lazaro beat Ryan Redhair 7-2 in the 132 pound weight class. The Bulldogs continued to extend the lead with a pin of Jake Plakson (138) and a 12-4 major decision over Brandon Claiborne (145).
An 8-0 victory over Kevan Cryan (152) for Folsom followed by a 14-2 win against Ali Atebar (160) put the meet out of reach at 39-18. Keaton Subjeck, Oak Ridge’s top wrestler at 170s, finished the meet on a high note in pinning Bulldog Devon Nooner.
Subjeck attacked Nooner early in the first period, taking a 7-0 lead, and merely 35 seconds into the second period overpowered him for the fall.
“Keaton is always going to go after it, and makes it a fun matchup to watch,” Rhyan said.
The Trojans next have a dual meet against Ponderosa. “I don’t know what to expect. We haven’t seen them so far this year, but we know they’re a good team, they always are. It should be an interesting duel.”