Tigers strong at Capital City Duals
The Douglas wrestling team was just 30 seconds away from a flawless performance at the Capital City Duals in Carson City over the weekend.
Fresh off its statement win over Carson High Wednesday, The Tigers didn’t show any signs of emotional letdown against Lemoore High School, a longtime Central California powerhouse.
Douglas opened the tournament with an evenly-fought battle against Lemoore, getting a pin at 125 pounds from Bryan Kaplan, a pine at 140 pounds from Cameron Ames, an 8-0 win at 145 pounds from Tony Ferris, a 5-4 win at 171 pounds from Sean Molina and a 9-0 win at 189 pounds from Shane Miller.
Lemoore led 31-29 coming into the decisive match between heavyweights Ramon Cabrera (Lemoore) and Matt Castro.
Castro rallied from 2-0 and 4-2 deficits to force overtime and after neither wrestler scored through two minutes, Cabrera scored an escape in the 30-second tiebreaker for the win.
The loss, narrow as it was, forced Douglas out of the championship bracket early in the day.
The Tigers were nothing short of perfect throughout the rest of the day, however.
Douglas thumped Reed 57-15 and North Valleys 66-15 and squirreled out a 42-28 win over Northern Region power Galena.
The Tigers then defeated Spanish Springs for the second time in two weeks to wrap up the competition.
Douglas improved to 9-2-1 on the year. The record is made more impressive with the win over Carson, the win against Galena and a tie against Fallon. The three, along with Douglas, are widely considered to be the class of the Northern 4A.
“(Lemoore) was an awesome match that came right down to the end,” Douglas coach Lamont McCann said. “We go 4-1 and lose to the top team by five points and we don’t get anything (place finish). But I thought we had a great day as a team.”