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Douglas wrestlers spit doubleheader

Donnie Nelson

Talk about day and night.

The Douglas High School wrestling team faced two programs on opposite ends of the spectrum Wednesday in a Class 4A dual meet doubleheader at Carson, and predictably the middle-of-the-pack Tigers came up with a split.

The Tigers won seven matches by pin and one other by major decision in a 47-33 win over South Tahoe in the first dual. But, the Tigers lost the last nine matches, four by pin, in a 60-9 loss to the host Senators in the second dual.

All in all, it was a productive day for the Tigers, who gave away 18 points in each match with three forfeits.

The Tigers realize just how far they’ve come and how far they still have to go in the middle of what is shaping up to be an exciting season. They are good enough to dispose of the South Tahoe’s of the league with relative ease but still not quite good enough, yet, to challenge the championship contenders of the league.

“They’re improving all the time,” Douglas coach Mark Lilly said. “We’ve got a lot of numbers (out for the team) and we’re able to put together a good team now.

“We were pretty flat in a lot of places, but overall it was pretty good,” Lilly added.

Douglas forfeited the 103-pound and 125-pound matches in both duals. But, Frank Rosa and Jeff Martin made sure the Tigers were still even after four matches in the South Tahoe dual with big victories. Rosa pinned Brad Ross in 39 seconds and Martin, leading 12-0 at the time, pinned Rook Naccarato with 52 seconds left in the match.

Tony Alvarez at 130 pounds was the only Tiger who won without a pin, but the senior didn’t miss achieving that task by much in a 17-2 win over Jordan Briesacker.

Alvarez led 8-1 after the first period and ended the match in the second period with a two-point nearfall. Alvarez, 16-7 this season, had three two-point nearfalls and one three-point nearfall in the match to go along with three takedowns and a reversal (from the bottom position) 18 seconds into the second period.

Josh Harmon had to work for his pin of Steve Hook in the 135-pound match.

Hook scored a takedown 18 seconds into the match, but Harmon escaped immediately after that. Harmon got a takedown with 58 seconds left in the first period, but Hook got a reversal 28 seconds later.

Harmon tied the score at 4-all with an escape 12 seconds into the second period. He got a takedown shortly after that and then recorded the pin.

Magee at 140 pounds wasted only 1:42 in pinning James Fabrizio, and Hall at 152 pounds waisted only 51 seconds in pinning Jason Bergman.

Matt Reiner at 160 pounds recorded a three-point nearfall late in the second period before eventually pinning Preston Pierce with 20 seconds left in the third. Reiner trailed 2-0 after the first period, but the senior rallied with an escape, takedown and the nearfall in the second period.

Ben Johnson at 189 pounds lost 10-3 to Jason Nixon, but the Douglas sophomore somehow, amazingly, avoided a pin for the last 1:24 of the second period despite being on his back the entire time.

The 215-pound match between Garrett Anderson and Cory Martin may have been the most entertaining of the evening.

Anderson, a sophomore, took a 5-2 lead over the South Tahoe senior with a reversal and three-point nearfall late in the first period. Martin, who got a reversal as time expired in the first-quarter flurry, regained the lead with a takedown 19 seconds into the second period. Anderson escaped 15 seconds later and then proceeded to get a takedown and eventually a pin with 35 seconds left in the second period.

Things turned dark in the second dual as perennial power Carson strutted its stuff before a large hometown crowd.

But Nollet, who pinned Harrison 1:19 into the 112-pound match, and Alvarez, who defeated Brooks 4-0 in the 130-pound match, were the only winners for Douglas.

Douglas is scheduled to compete in the Benson High School Invitational near Tucson, Ariz. today.