Young Douglas wrestlers roll to win
Douglas High’s young wrestling team barely broke a sweat Wednesday night in its season home opening 60-24 win against Galena.
Douglas (2-0 Sierra League, 5-2 overall) picked up eight forfeit victories, while sophomore 145-pounder Dawson Coman and senior 220-pounder Zach Singer posted first-round pins in a meet that only took 18 minutes to complete.
“We’re a really young team and we still have a lot of things to work on, but this is a good start,” Douglas assistant coach D’Art Johnson said. “We’re moving in the right direction.”
Coman provided a highlight, as the first-year wrestler pinned Josh Uithoven in 51 seconds for his first career win on the mat. After giving up an early takedown, Coman came back to score on an escape and takedown before securing his pin.
“Dawson has been ill so it was exciting to see him get his first win, and it’s by pin,” Johnson said.
Singer only needed 30 seconds to defeat Connor Fawley and improve his season record to 6-1.
Of the six weight classes contested, all were decided by pin in either the first or second period. Four of those matches were decided in the opening minute.
Another bright spot for Douglas came from freshman Blake Murray (5-2 this season), who was awarded a forfeit win in his regular 160-pound match and then pinned Galena’s Jordan Baker in 2:56 during their exhibition match. Murray, who weighed in at 154 pounds, is working to move down to the 152-pound weight class.