Trojans send Union Mine to 44-25 defeat

By: Matt Long
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Oak Ridge High’s wrestling team all but clinched second place in the Sierra Valley Conference with a convincing 44-25 win over Union Mine on Tuesday. The Trojans turned in their best performance of the season, according to coach Casey Rhyan, winning several bouts in the final minute to take the match. Trojan wrestlers won eight of the 12 contested matches. “This was a great dual, one of the best I have been a part of in my 15 years of coaching,” Rhyan said. “The kids wrestled better than they have all year. Every member of the team did their part.” First-year wrestler Sean Wolberg (103) had a great night, pinning his opponent to pick up a big win for the team. “It took a lot of guts for him to go out there in a big match as a first-year wrestler,” Rhyan said. Another highlight came from Keaton Subjeck (130), who trailed by one point late in the match before taking his opponent down and to his back to pick up the 4-2 win. Teammate Josh Dawson (135) also pulled out a thrilling win. Down by three with a minute to go, he earned an escape and then took down his opponent to tie the match and send it to overtime where he earned another takedown to win the match, 8-6. Greg Barrier (140) moved up from 130 pounds and still impressively defeated his opponent by technical fall, 15-0. Vinny Waldhauser also moved up a weight class, wrestling at 171 pounds, and pinned his opponent. Tim Conway (119) and Preston Dean (189) also picked up pins, while Cameron Buriani (145) earned a 5-1 victory. “Going in I felt like we were underdogs,” Rhyan said. “The majority of the matches were decided and won by us in the third round. Our hard work really showed. We’re really coming together as a team. We’re close to putting it all together. Hopefully we can by the end of the year.”