Oak Ridge dropped the first four matches wrestled against Jesuit Wednesday, but won the next nine on its way to a 51-18 win over the Marauders.
In the league opener for both teams, the Trojans were the dominant team, winning four matches by pin, three by decision and three by forfeit. The Marauders won four matches in consecutive lightweight classes in different ways: one by pin, one technical fall, one major decision and one decision.
Jake Plaskon at 138 pounds picked up the Trojans’ first victory (other than a forfeit at 106) after the four Jesuit wins, defeating Sam Nettles in a tough bout, 4-1. Frank Sciales followed with a 56-second pin over Dakota Wagner.
“Frank’s struggled so far in his senior year with ankle and back injuries and he didn’t wrestle last year,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “This was a big win for him. He’s a great kid and he works hard.”
At 152, Kevan Cryan earned a 5-4 win over Nicholas Castilone, earning the winning point when Castilone allowed him up with 45 seconds remaining in the match. Despite his best efforts, Castilone couldn’t take down Cryan in the rest of the match and Cryan earned the decision.
Leading 2-0, James Lee followed with a second-period pin of Clayton Anderson in 2:44. A forfeit to Ali Atebar at 170 set up two straight pins for the Trojans, first by Keaton Subjeck at 182 followed by Zach Claiborne at 195. Both falls came in the first period.
Sherman McVay earned a forfeit win at 220, while Jacob Proul finished the match with a 5-0 win over Josh Leatherby at heavyweight.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but it went OK,” Rhyan said. “Zach was fun to watch. He always finds a way to make it exciting, win or lose. He’s still working on his conditioning and he’s still behind, but he’s such a great athlete that it won’t take him long to catch up.”
Claiborne, along with his younger brother Brandon, Subjeck, Atebar and Proul are looking forward to competing in the Doc Buchanan Invitational Friday and Saturday in Clovis.
“It’s basically the state tournament a few weeks early,” Subjeck said. “I’m going to have to beat these guys at some point this year so I might as well do it now.”
Rhyan added, “It’s such a tough tournament; maybe even tougher than the state tournament. Last year I made the mistake of taking too many guys, so we’ll see how things go with these five.”