Trojans fall to Bulldogs, 43-19

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan knew his wrestling team had a tough task Wednesday night when they traveled to Folsom to face the Bulldogs. Folsom, ranked among the top-15 teams in the state, has a strong team this season and Rhyan figured his squad would have to upset the Bulldogs in a few weight classes to take the bout. While the Trojans won four matches, it wasn’t enough and they lost 43-19. Keaton Subjeck and Xavier Lopez picked up pins at 160 and 220 pounds, respectively, Subjeck pinning two-time Masters qualifier Ryan Jensen two seconds before the first period ended, while Lopez finished off Trever Lewis in 3:50. Lopez’s win gave the Trojans their final lead at 16-15, before the Bulldogs won six straight matches to secure the victory. Hugh Ellerman turned in a strong performance at 170 pounds, earning a solid 9-1 major decision over Devon Nooner. Oak Ridge’s final win came at 138 pounds, the last bout of the match, as Cameron Miller defeated Tony Hernandez, 5-3, in a hard-fought bout. Oak Ridge came up short on three other matches that leaned the final score more in Folsom’s favor. Had Oak Ridge won the bouts it wouldn’t have made a difference in the outcome, but it would have made the match a bit closer and more competitive. In the most entertaining bout of the evening, Oak Ridge’s Josh Ploke dropped a 9-8 double overtime decision to Carlos Alvarez. Ploke and Alvarez had the fans on the edge of their seats, as the double overtime match featured three ties and four lead changes. Ploke faired quite well on his feet, taking Alvarez down three times, which accounted for six of his eight points in the bout. Alvarez was good on the bottom, earning two reversals. In a bout featuring 17 points, not a single back point was earned. Alvarez led 8-7 with a reversal with 43 seconds remaining, but Ploke escaped in the finals seconds and nearly took down Alvarez a fourth time for the win, but the referee said no. In the first overtime, Alvarez escaped and then held Ploke on the mat in the second overtime to win the bout. Ploke wrestled well and could have easily won the match. “Josh is a tough kid, a scrapper and he wrestled hard,” Rhyan said. “He’s a freshman and is still developing. We’ve got to work on his wrestling from the top.” The other close matches came at 145 and 182. In the opening bout of the match at 145, Taylor Ellerman lost a hard-fought decision to Folsom’s Mason Koshiyama. Ellerman trailed only 2-0 after two periods before Koshiyama extended his lead and went on to win 9-5. At 182, Eric Rohrer led Alex Hurlimann 4-3 after two periods, but gave up two reversals in the third period, the second one coming with 25 seconds remaining to secure the match. “We gave them a run and losing those three close matches hurt us,” Rhyan said. “It kind of got away from us at the end, but I felt we wrestled well and I’m proud of my guys. Folsom is a good team.” “The score doesn’t reflect how competitive the match was,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “The double overtime match was obviously close and Hurlimann won a close match and that could have been a six-point swing the other way. Against good teams we need to find a way to win those matches and tonight we did.”