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Proul leads wrestlers in Fairfield

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge junior Jacob Proul has only been wrestling two years, but he’s quickly turned into a tough opponent. The Oak Ridge heavyweight, who tips the scales at about 255 pounds, competed in the Lou Encalada Invitational over the weekend at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield and placed second. After winning all his matches to get to the final, Proul got caught and pinned by Armijo’s Andrew Fuimaono in 29 seconds. “Second place was a really good finish for Jacob,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “He’s been injured for most of the season and only came back three or four weeks ago and has already had to wrestle three really good heavyweights from Folsom, Ponderosa and Sheldon. He also went 2-2 at the Tim Brown Tournament which was really good. This is only his second year and he’s still got room to grow. I think he’s going to be a really good heavyweight next year.” Proul’s teammates, Xavier Lopez and Andrew Pearson, also placed in the tournament, Lopez taking fourth at 220 pounds and Pearson finishing sixth at 160. Pearson, who has wrestled junior varsity in some tournaments this year, worked his way into the varsity lineup with Keaton Subjeck sitting out this tournament. “Andrew’s a good wrestler, who’s just in a tough weight class for us,” Rhyan said. “We’ve got a lot of guys from 152 to 160. Keaton’s there at 160 and even Hugh Ellerman, who wrestles at 170, he’s a 160-pounder. Andrew’s a good kid and a good wrestler.” Lopez’ fourth-place finish was another job well done. “Xavier is wrestling better all the time,” Rhyan said. “He only wrestles during the wrestling season because he plays football, but he does a great job and never gets discouraged. He’s always rooting the other guys on too.” Oak Ridge plays host to Pleasant Grove tonight, the team’s last dual match of the season. The team’s seniors will also be honored.