Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Hood River Valley wrestling team dominated from start to finish in getting team wins of 78-5 and 72-3 over Franklin and Madison, respectively, Thursday at Hood River Valley High School.
"I like dominating like that," HRV coach Trent Kroll said. "I like seeing the other team in single digits and us almost to 100."
Madison and Franklin combined to win two contested matches between them, and when they were not picking up forfeit wins, the Eagles were winning most of their matches via a quick pin.
Madison only sent four wrestlers to the mat and lost three of those matches. None of those three made it to the third round. Andrew DeHart's match with David Scheuermann at 130 pounds was the longest a Franklin wrestler made it in a loss, with Scheuermann getting pinned in 2:35. Sam Lee beat Phillip Cardwell at 160 pounds in 33 seconds while Brandon Dominguez beat Jennifer Castro at 285 pounds in 37 seconds.
DeHart was the only Eagle to wrestle both of his matches and wound up winning both via a pin. Against Madison he pinned Nykell Hunter in 3:09.
"During winter break I beat a guy that took fourth in state," DeHart said. "I was thinking if I could beat him there shouldn't be anyone who can beat me."
HRV's results against Madison were nearly as lopsided, with the two teams competing eight matches, and HRV winning seven, and five of those were by fall or technical fall.
David Brunk's win over Basil Urum at 140 pounds was particularly impressive. He physically dominated Urum throughout the match, at one point lifting Urum to his shoulders and tossing him to the mat. Brunk wound up getting the pin in just over three minutes.
Brothers Charlie and Jordy Mallon also got physical wins, with Charlie picking up a win by fall over Juan Olivera and Jordy winning via a 22-5 technical fall set up by a series of takedowns late in the second round in his 171-pound match with Jeremy Collier.
The only matches not decided by fall or tech fall were a 14-2 major decision win for Anthony Matthews over JR Sengphet at 189 pounds and a 5-2 decision win for Katie Eddie over Anthony Peterson at 125 pounds.
The Eagles won despite No. 1-ranked Robert Frasier sitting out the match due to a shoulder injury and Alex Ayala getting the night off at 140 pounds by taking a pair of forfeit wins.
Kroll is impressed with his team's spirit in recent weeks, and said they have been trying some different things in practice.
"We just need to have good team spirit and keep working hard," De Hart said of what the Eagles need to do to continue improving on their 11-3 dual meet record.
As for Kroll he was just glad to see a home win in dominating fashion after a month of road matches.
"I told the team I didn't want to see other teams signing up to wrestle here anymore," he said.
The Eagles are at a dual meet tournament in Woodburn this weekend, before heading to the Oregon Classic in Redmond next weekend. Their next home match is Jan. 25 against Hermiston.
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