Wrestling: Spates, Merritt lead Tigers at Big Valley
The Douglas High wrestling team participated in another highly-competitive tournament over the weekend and came away with more solid experience and even a little improvement.
As a team, the Tigers finished in the lower-half of the 74-team tournament, but Douglas took some strong individual strides at the Big Valley Invitational in Stockton.
Senior Dillon Spates led Douglas, going 3-1 before having to withdraw from the tournament with an arm injury.
The injury wasn’t serious, but Spates’ withdrawal was a precautionary measure to keep from hurting the rest of his in-state season.
His lone loss came in triple overtime but he did earn an award for fastest pin of the tournament.
Sean Merritt went 3-2 at the tournament for Douglas, continuing his breakout season.
Junior Zach Fiene went 1-1 before withdrawing due to illness.
Douglas’ only other wins at the main tournament came from senior Daniel Lundergreen and freshman Sullivan Cauley, who posted one each.
Cauley fell in triple overtime to a wrestler who had a 14-5 record on the year. The loss came on a late locking hands call. His other loss came on a late reversal.
Douglas’ remaining seven wrestlers went 0-2 in the tournament, but a “hard-luck” bracket was offered on Saturday for wrestlers who had taken early exits.
Nick Lufrano, wrestling in the 171 class, went 2-1 and took fourth in the hard-luck tournament.
Douglas hosts Manogue Wednesday night at 6 p.m.