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Tigers pin Hawks, fall to Huskies

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas wrestling team bounced back from a tough loss to Reno with an exciting victory over Hug in a Northern 4A Conference three-way meet on Wednesday at DHS.

The Tigers owned a two-point lead heading into the final match of the night against Hug. And heavyweight Chris Baumgartner strolled onto the mat and took care of business with a second-round pin that secured a 44-36 win over the Hawks.

Reno defeated Douglas, 51-21, in the first match. The Tigers improved their conference record to 4-3 with the split.

Douglas coach Ron Hall was pleased with the way the Tigers responded in the second match.

“My goal this year is to get them wrestling as a team,” Hall said. “When you get that team unity, you get that little extra -like in that last match.”

The Tigers trailed the Hawks by 10 points before Nathan Bennett won his 189-pound match against Vince Johnson by fall with six seconds remaining in the first round.

Bennett started the year at 171 pounds, but moved up a weight class after losing a challenge match to teammate John Hillenbrand in practice two weeks ago.

“It’s been tough,” Bennett said of wrestling opponents who weigh as much as 20 pounds more than he does. “But, the bigger they are, the more fun it is. You get more adrenaline going.”

Bennett’s win was the first of three pins in a row that allowed the Tigers to erase a 36-26 deficit and win the match.

Carl Wymer pinned Darryl Green with 56 seconds remaining of the second round to give Douglas a 38-36 lead going into Baumgartner’s heavyweight bout against Pat Oulette.

Wymer actually pinned Green twice in the match. He took a reversal to a near-fall and got the first pin 23 seconds into the match. After a discussion between the two officials, the wrestlers were sent back to the mat because one of the refs said Wymer had pulled Green’s hair while setting him up for the pin.

“I was kind of frustrated when they took the pin away, but I just tried to stay focused,” Wymer said. “It (the second pin) felt better.”

And Wymer and the rest of the Tigers roared their approval when Baumgartner finished the victory with his pin in the heavyweight match.

“I was very glad to see that Baumgartner pinned him,” Wymer said. It was a good team victory.”

Allen Anderson got the Tigers going with a second-round pin at 112 pounds.

Richard Blackowl kept Douglas in the match with a second-round pin at 125 pounds.

Leonard Arredondo then brought the Tigers to within on point, 24-23, with a dominating performance in a 19-3 win at 145 pounds.

Duston Maynes followed with a 3-0 decision at 152 pounds that gave Douglas a 26-24 lead. Maynes, who had been pinned by the same opponent at the Yerington tournament, broke a scoreless tie with an escape at the start of the third period. He got two more points with a takedown with one minute remaining.

John Hillenbrand was the lone Tiger to win a match on the mat against Reno. He turned four takedowns into a 9-5 decision over Isiah Annunzio in the 171-pound match.

Blackowl dropped a hard-fought 19-12 verdict to defending state champion Josh Kivi at 125 pounds.

The closest match was at 135 pounds, where Reno’s Pat Foley made a second-period reversal stand up for a 5-4 victory against D’Art Johnson.

Douglas 44, Hug 36

103 pounds: Taliaferro (H) p. O’Brien :55. 112: Anderson (D) p. Estes 3:12. 119: Johnson (H) p. Pierce 3:43. 125: Blackowl (D) p. Marble 2:58. 130: Reich (H) by forfeit. 135: Duncan (H) by forfeit. 140: Johnson (D) by forfeit. 145: Arredondo (D) d. Tolley 19-3. 152: Maynes (D) d. Bright 3-0. 160: Bow (H) p. Hall 3:58. 171: Skoch (H) p. Hillenbrand 3:26. 189: Bennett (D) p. Johnson 1:54. 215: Wymer (D) p. Green 3:04. 275: Baumgartner (D) p. Oulette 2:49.

Reno 51, Douglas 21

103 pounds: S. Kivi (R) p. O’Brien 1:00. 112: Williams (R) p. Anderson 1:03. 119: Tilman (R) p. Pierce 1:25. 125: J. Kivi (R) d. Blackowl 19-12. 130: McGuire (R) by forfeit. 135: Foley (R) d. Johnson 5-4. 140: Lopez (R) by forfeit. 145: McFarland (R) p. Arredondo 4:40. 152: Maynes (D) by forfeit. 160: Hall (D) by forfeit. 171: Hillenbrand (D) d. Annunzio 9-5. 189: LaPrairie (R) p. Bennett 2:56. 215: Sande (R) d, Wymer 7-2. 275: Baumgartner (D) by forfeit.