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Trojans pinned by Bruins, 52-18

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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After losing to archrival Ponderosa, 52-18 on Wednesday, Oak Ridge High’s wrestling team was left licking their wounds. As the score indicates, the Bruins were the far better team, which Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan can accept. After the match, however, Rhyan said his team needs to develop some toughness, something he said the Bruins have plenty of. “We’ve just got to get tougher,” Rhyan said. “They’ve got guys who are bigger and tougher than us. You could see that on the mat.” The Trojans were without two senior starters in Trey Reese and Cameron Miller, who were out injured, and while Rhyan would have loved to have them in the lineup, in the end the final score still would have been in Ponderosa’s favor. Oak Ridge only won four matches, one by forfeit by Keaton Subjeck at 170. Hugh Ellerman, competing at 160 pounds, finished the match with a pin in 1:15 over Josh Ferry. Preston Dean earned a hard-fought 3-0 win over Jacob Richards at 195, while Taylor Ellerman showed his talents by beating Sean Melton, 7-4, at 138 in the most entertaining bout of the night. “We had a few guys out injured, but I tip my hat to Ponderosa,” Dean said. “They wrestled well.” After the match Rhyan had a stern talk with his team. “Let’s just say practice is going to suck the next couple of weeks,” Dean said. “We’ve got a lot to work on.” Oak Ridge competes in the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament in Sacramento on Friday and Saturday. “I’m looking forward to it,” Rhyan said. “I’m excited to see us compete and it’s always an exciting tournament right here in our backyard.”