Douglas wrestling team trounces South Tahoe |

Douglas wrestling team trounces South Tahoe

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas wrestling team rode seven pins and a technical fall in the first eight matches to a 47-0 lead over South Tahoe on Wednesday at DHS.

When freshman Bradley Johnson finished the dual match with a first-round pin at 130 pounds, the Tigers walked off the mat with a convincing 59-21 victory.

“South Tahoe is real young, but they came out and gave the effort,” Douglas coach Bill Nickerson said.

Luis Gabriel got things going for the Tigers Wednesday when he pinned Ryan Andrews in the second round of the 135-pound match.

Roger Pattison followed with a first-round pin of Cooper Merchant at 140 pounds and then Tyree Holdridge pinned Jim Gonzalez in the second round of the 145-pound bout.

D’Art Johnson gave the Tigers a 24-0 lead with a second-round pin of Matt Fry at 152 pounds. Raymond Gabriel stuck Ryan Davis with 18 seconds remaining in the first period of the 160-pound battle.

Douglas’ Grant Hall and Gumby Serpa were tied, 2-2, after one round at 171 pounds. Hall used a reversal to take a two-point lead early in the second period and then pinned Serpa with 1:06 showing on the clock.

Douglas senior Nathan Bennett dominated Nick Alexander in the 189-pound bout, but couldn’t continue the Tigers’ string of six pins. Bennett won by technical fall, 21-6.

Dan Molina then stepped in and pinned Kyle Smith with 53 seconds left in the third period of the 215-pound match for a 47-0 lead.

South Tahoe’s David Vasquez ended the shutout bid when he pinned Douglas senior Joe Immers in the second round of the 275-pound match.

Ryan Martinez needed only 18 seconds to pin Jacob Ward in the 103-pound bout.

Matt Yaquinto scored the Tigers’ ninth pin of the night when he stuck Kyle Crouse in the second round at 125 pounds.