EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity wrestling program fell to Sierra Valley Conference foe River City, 42-26, on Senior Night at the Snake Pit Wednesday.
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Three Diamondback forfeits created an 18-point deficit the hosts never overcame.
“It’s tough to overcome 18 points — the team wrestled well, we just didn’t have quite enough tenacity to get it done.” Union Mine coach Tim Brown said.
After forfeits in the 108 and 115-pound divisions, senior Chris Lee came up just short in his 122-pound matchup, losing 8-3.
“I know I could have wrestled better tonight,” Lee said. “I don’t know, I felt off tonight – just couldn’t get it done. I feel like if I could do again right now, I could win.”
It wasn’t until Sean Berry’s (134) major decision that Union Mine got on the board at 5-18. Daniel Warden (140) followed Berry’s lead with fervor, pinning his opponent with 1:04 remaining in the first period and cutting River City’s lead to seven.
Christian Beck (147) won a minor decision in his 147-pound match, pulling the Diamond backs to within four, but a pair of decisions by River City stretched the advantage heading into the heavier weight classes.
With his team down by 10, senior Matt Cathey (172) provided the spark of momentum Union Mine needed to charge — dominating his opponent with a first period pin with just over 40 seconds left.
“I’ve been wrestling strong going into the last couple weeks,” Cathey said. “Giving up three weight classes was tough to do. I’m glad we wrestled well on senior night, we’ve got a couple more tournaments coming up that I’m looking forward to.”
Senior Hunter Cannon (184) gave Union Mine its first lead of the night, dominating his opponent en route to a pin with 1:32 remaining in the first period.
“I came out fired up and ready to go,” Cannon said. “Just wanted to get that pin and help the team tonight.”
Despite the two-point edge, Union Mine knew it would be tough with three matches remaining — one a forfeit. Will Ybright (197) and Xavier Nava (222) fought valiantly in their respective matches, but each succumbed to pins in the second period.
Union Mine is currently 3-1 in the Sierra Valley Conference.
Brown addressed the crowd on behalf of seniors Berry, Ybright, Lee, Quinn Smiley, Korey Klausing, Jordan Saraceni, Savannah Day, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Cathey, Marcos Pust, Cannon, Troy Maxfield and Robert Blair prior to the match.