Douglas hangs on against North Valleys
A pair of late pins helped push the Douglas wrestling team over the top in a battle with league foe North Valleys Wednesday night.
The Tigers hung on for a 46-33 win over the Panthers to improve to 3-0 in the Sierra League.
The match stayed pretty even, with Douglas carrying a 30-24 lead through the middle and upperweight bouts.
Ryan Olsen provided some breathing room, scoring a first-round pin the 119-pound class to push the score to 36-24.
Bryan Kaplan followed with a pin in at 0:55 in the first round of the 125-pound class.
Justin Freeman dropped a hard-fought match in the 130-pound class which allowed North Valleys to creep back in at 42-30.
Matt Boyd had an impressive showing in one of the closest matches of the night, falling back 8-6 on a third-round takedown and then tying things back up with a reversal with only 10 seconds left.
Boyd’s opponent nearly escaped the hold with time running out, but Boyd held on to preserve the tie.
The two battled through the first overtime period to a clean draw, but Boyd’s opponent scored an escape in sudden death for the win.
Because Boyd avoided the pin, the score shifted to 42-33, thus clinching the match for Douglas, but Cameron Ames came on to close things out in style.
Ames scored a quick takedown and cruised from there, winning 16-8 to finish off the night.
Douglas next travels to South Tahoe for another league matchup Tuesday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Douglas improved to 11-2-1 overall.