Waldhauser places third at invitational

By: Matt Long
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Vinny Waldhauser led a group of five Oak Ridge wrestlers at the Doc Buchanan Invitational on Friday and Saturday, placing third in the 160-pound weight class. Waldhauser won four of his five matches, losing only to Justin Lozano of Selma High, 4-2. Lozano went on to finish second in the tournament after handing Waldhauser his first loss of the season. “He’s ranked higher than me, but I really thought I should have beaten him,” Waldhauser said. “I lost because I didn’t wrestle well on my feet.” Lozano took Waldhauser down twice to account for his four points, while Waldhauser earned his points on escapes, the second one coming with about a minute left in the match. He had a chance to tie to match and send it into overtime, but came up short. “I set up for a low single and we were scrambling and got in a stalemate position,” Waldhauser said. “I still felt I could score on him, but the referee called stalemate with seven seconds to go and I didn’t have time to get a good shot after that.” Waldhauser definitely wanted to win the match, but he wasn’t devastated to suffer his first loss of the season. In fact, he was a bit relieved. “I felt like I needed to lose just because of the pressure of having not lost yet,” Waldhauser said. “I don’t like to lose, but maybe this was a good thing. Now I hope I can keep winning and not lose again.” Waldhauser rebounded quickly, not missing a step once down in the consolation bracket. He defeated Nikko Reyes from Clovis West, 4-2 and felt like he should have beaten him by more than two points. He then finished the tournament with a 15-0 technical fall win over Buchanan’s Matt Negrette. “I didn’t care if I won or lost that match,” Waldhauser said. “I was tired and sore and just wanted to get it over with and I ended up dominating him and kicking his butt.” Waldhauser began the tournament with a 9-7 win over Lemoore’s Jacob Pendleton and then beat Tylar Clarke of Elk Grove, 5-0. Cameron Miller (119), Zach Marquez (125), Greg Barrier (130) and Josh Dawson (135) also competed in the tournament for Oak Ridge but did not place. Miller won two matches by pin but lost two others, one by pin and another by major decision. Marquez, Barrier and Dawson each picked up one win out of three matches. The Trojans are preparing for their dual match with Ponderosa when the Bruins come to El Dorado Hills on Thursday. The junior varsity match begins at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity match.