Wrestling: Tiger grapplers lose heartbreaker to Manogue
The Douglas High wrestling team did just about everything it could to to come away with a win at Bishop Manogue Wednesday night. In the end, though, it was the second of 12 tiebreaker provisions that did the Tigers in.
Manogue held the advantage in total takedowns in the dual to emerge victorious in a 40-40 match that was otherwise about as balanced as can be.
The Tigers did their part, winning three of the five contested matches, two by pin and won by major decision, but couldn’t overcome five forfeits.
Both teams came in with depleted rosters, making for a total of nine forfeits.
Douglas forfeited the 138-pound and 145-pound classes to open the match, but sophomore Gio Baltazar pinned his opponent at 152 pounds in 2:16 to cut the deficit to 12-6.
Manogue’s Curtis Bright then recorded a pin at 160 pounds to extend the Miner lead to 18-6.
Douglas’ Eduardo Jacobs fell back 6-2 in his 170-pound match, but rebounded with a pin to cut the overall score to 18-12.
Manogue came back with a major decision at 182, stretching its lead back out to 22-18, but the Miners forfeit the 195, 220 and 285 brackets, putting Douglas in front at 30-22.
Douglas forfeited the 106, 113 and 120 matches to put the Miners back up 40-30. Manogue then forfeited at 126 to bring Douglas within four at 40-36.
Douglas senior Zach Fiene rolled at 132 pounds, tallying a 12-2 major decision win to tie the overall score at 40.
The teams remained tied after the first tiebreaker, but Manogue prevailed on overall takedowns.
Douglas next wrestles at the Alhambra Invitational in Martinez, Calif., on Jan. 20.