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Waldhauser takes second, Subjeck sixth

By: Matt Long
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Vinny Waldhauser and Keaton Subjeck earned medals at the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament, and several other Oak Ridge wrestlers performed well but just missed out on earning medals. Waldhauser lost for only the second time this season in 27 matches, falling to Anderson’s Marcus Zachary 4-2 in the finals of the 160-pound weight class. Zachary, who improved to 26-0 on the year, avenged a 7-0 loss to Waldhauser, which he suffered at last year’s state tournament, which cost him a state medal. If a wrestler can be both upset and happy with a loss, it was Waldhauser. “I’m glad that I lost because it’s going to give me a lot of fire heading into the postseason,” the Oak Ridge junior said. “I’m going to work my butt off, waking up at 4:30 every morning to run and lift and at practice it will be non-stop work.” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan figured that would be Waldhauser’s response. “Vince lost a tough, close match in the finals and he took it hard,” Rhyan said. “Knowing Vince, this loss will only make him work harder and be a stronger, better wrestler for the postseason run.” Though the loss will help to motivate Waldhauser, he was disappointed he lost the match because he felt he should have beat Zachary. “I took a stupid shot and he got a takedown early and rode me for most of the first period,” Waldhauser said. “In the third period I chose bottom and he rode me the whole period. I should have chosen neutral. If I would have wrestled the match more on my feet I would have beaten him badly.” Subjeck, a freshman, placed sixth in the tournament, picking up a big win along the way over the Sac-Joaquin Section’s third-ranked wrestler at 130 pounds, Jesuit’s Chris Winn. Tim Conway (112), Trey Reese (119), Derek Shupe (125), Josh Dawson (135) and Preston Dean (189) also competed for Oak Ridge and wrestled well. Conway, Reese, Shupe and Dawson all came within one victory of earning a medal. “Tim had a great tournament,” Rhyan said. “It was his first tournament back after being injured and he went 4-2 and came within one win of placing. “Josh had a tough tournament,” Rhyan continued. “He got the toughest draw of the tournament, losing to two returning state qualifiers in very close matches and also came within one match of placing. Preston is coming on strong. He went 3-2 and lost two very tough, close matches.” Oak Ridge placed 11th out of 80 teams. “The kids wrestled well for the most part,” Rhyan said. “I felts like we could have done better, but I was happy because all the kids wrestled hard.” Oak Ridge opened the week with a 52-16 dual meet victory over Vista del Lago.