Oak Ridge no match for Bruins, lose 62-10

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Trojan wrestling team suffered a heavy blow to perennial powerhouse Ponderosa Bruins in a 62-10 routing Wednesday night in El Dorado Hills. Through the first 10 varsity bouts Oak Ridge hadn’t added a point to the scoreboard. Coach Casey Rhyan said he hoped to face Ponderosa without any forfeits, but 12 points were awarded the Bruins for two matches missing Trojan wrestlers. For an injury-plagued Trojan team, it was a rough night. Two matches back from injury, junior Preston Dean began the night’s duals with a 5-5 comeback escape to force the extra minute of overtime. Down 5-4 Dean lost his match 7-5 in overtime. From there the Trojans lost nine straight bouts on four pins, two forfeits and three decisions. Oak Ridge was down 53-0 before sophomore specialist Keaton Subjeck hit the mat. Subjeck had the weight of the gym on his shoulders against a familiar opponent. “A couple of weekends ago I pinned [Chip Hendricks] at the Doc Buchanan Tournament,” said Subjeck. Subjeck and Hendricks met for the second time in 10 days with a similar result. Despite a few stoppages for his bloody nose and calf cramp, Subjeck earned the Trojans’ first match win of the night 17-6. “I was just trying to hit my stutter step and shoot him and then maybe get on top so I could cut him and keep taking him down,” said Subjeck. In 14 bouts on the evening, the Trojans squeezed out just two wins for their 10 points. The other belonged to senior Vincent Waldhauser in the final match of the night. Waldhauser coasted through a 2-0 first period before pinning Devin Nooner 29 seconds into the second. With his team down 62-4 the senior captain made the crowd forget such a deficit. “I expected to pin him,” Waldhauser said. “Every match I have I’m trying to pin. At the beginning of the season I made it my goal to try and pin everybody I wrestle. Ponderosa’s a good team; they always have solid guys. I thought we were going to do a lot better, personally. We just didn’t win the close matches and we’ve had some guys sick and hurt. I think those things could have made the difference.” Rhyan agreed with Waldhauser that their team was hurting with injuries and the like. He also admitted that Ponderosa is just too tough to beat. “There’s no excuses, they beat the heck out of us tonight,” said Rhyan. “All that matters is that we’re going to fight for six minutes no matter what or who you’re up against. We just hope to get people healthy and win the next two, but nothing really changes. I told them it’s not so much what happened tonight as it is where you go from here.” Their next league test will be in Elk Grove against Pleasant Grove on Jan. 26, a team that has yet to win a league match. The Tim Brown Memorial Tournament is this weekend at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento. Oak Ridge JV team also lost their grudge match against Ponderosa Wednesday night, 47-22.