Trivitt moves up for Tigers
Damonte Ranch 50, Douglas 26
152 pounds: Michael Solferino (DR) by forfeit. 160: Blake Murray (D) p. Derrick Stanton, 3:54. 170: Derrick Knoblack (DR) p. Chad Singer, 1:13. 182: Drake McAdow (DR) p. Daniel Fergison, 0:59. 195: Richardo Garcia (DR) by forfeit. 220: Sam Singer (DR) by forfeit. 285: Brendan DeShane (DR) by forfeit. 106: Kindel Isham (D) p. Bryce Bell, 4:46. 113: Greg Ewert (DR) d. Andrew Williams, 5-3. 120: Ryan Adams (D) d. Cody Larkin, 10-3. 126: Shane Trivitt (D) p. Joshua Sanchez-Bickley, 5:05. 132: Cameron Sandoval (DR) p. Mason Melhus, 1:32. 138: Will Williams (D) p. Brenden Powning, 3:12. 145: Nathan Thom (DR) p. Jacob Moss, 3:44.
While Shane Trivitt may not be the biggest guy around, that didn’t phase the Douglas High School freshman wrestler one bit on Wednesday night.
All Trivitt did was move up two weight classes and won his 126-pound match by fall, although the performance wasn’t enough for the Tigers to keep pace in a 50-26 Sierra League dual meet defeat at home against Damonte Ranch.
Douglas gave up 24 forfeit points and in the end absorbed its first league loss of the season on Senior Night. Damonte Ranch and Douglas are now tied for second-place in league with 3-1 records.
Despite falling short on the scoreboard, Douglas coach Dave Singer was upbeat about the Tigers’ performance against the 2015 league champion Mustangs.
“I thought we had a very good outing, even though the score didn’t indicate it,” Singer said. “We’ve had some injuries and academic issues with our upper weights, but if we don’t forfeit those four weight classes, we would have been extremely competitive in the match overall.”
Damonte’s only loss came by a 37-33 score against Carson on Dec. 9. The Tigers end their league season next Wednesday with a dual at Carson.
Four of the Tigers’ five wins came by fall. Blake Murray won the 160-pound match by fall, as did Kindel Isham at 106 pounds, Trivitt at 126 pounds and Will Williams at 138 pounds.
Trivitt, who normally wrestles at 113 pounds, moved up to fill a void in the lineup and delivered six team points when he pinned freshman Joshua Sanchez-Bickley. Trivitt took a 10-4 lead before he pinned Sanchez-Bickley, who was making his varsity debut, with 55 seconds left in the third period.
“Shane weighed in today at 115 pounds and still went up to 126 pounds and pinned his opponent,” Singer said. “He’s just a tough kid.”
Murray was locked up in a scoreless duel until he locked up a cradle and turned Derrick Stanton for a pin in 3:54. Isham took charge from the outset of his match against Damonte Ranch freshman Bryce Bell and eventually won in 4:46. Williams pinned Brenden Powning in 3:12.
Douglas 120-pounder Ryan Adams won 10-3 against freshman Cody Larkin. Adams took a 2-1 lead in the first period and then pulled away on the strength of a three-point near fall midway through the second period.
The most exciting match of the evening was waged at 113 pounds, where Damonte Ranch sophomore Greg Ewert scored on a takedown with eight seconds left in regulation to edge Andrew Williams, 5-3. Williams had taken a 3-2 lead with a buzzer-beating takedown at the end of the second period. Ewert tied the score with an escape at the outset of the final period.
Two senior Tigers were recognized during a ceremony before the meet: Jacob Moss and Sam Melhus. The good news is a nucleus of promising young wrestlers.
“That’s real good news,” Singer said. “We have a lot of young kids, and a lot of those are freshmen who have come in and helped out this year, so it looks like the future is bright for Douglas wrestling.
Notes: Both teams had one point deducted for unsportsmanlike conduct after the 120-pound match between Adams and Larkin. … Two of the forfeits Damonte Ranch picked up were by senior Michael Solferino at 152 pounds and sophomore Richardo Garcia at 195 pounds. Both were gold medal winners last weekend at the high-powered King of the Mat in Windsor, Calif. Solferino, who is 31-8 on the season, was an Outstanding Wrestler Award winner.