The Nevada Union wrestling team has seen a resurgence in the 2012-13 prep wrestling season, having already tallied two Sierra Foothill League Dual wins, two more than last season, and boasting two top-20 wrestlers in the state.
Del Oro reminded them Wednesday night they still have a ways to go.
The Golden Eagles soared into the West Gym at Nevada Union and took care of business, tallying nine pins in 14 matches on their way to a 59-20 victory.
“Del Oro’s a solid team not only in our league but in the whole Sac-Joaquin Section,” NU head coach Gary Sumner said. “They’re one of the better teams and we matched up good with them in a few weights but we just have to work harder.”
With the win Del Oro remains undefeated in SFL duals and the Miners drop to 2-2 overall.
The Miners got off to a slow start as Del Oro took the 106- and 113-pound weight classes to build an 11-0 lead.
NU freshmen Keaton Richards got the Miners on the board winning his 120 class match with three takedowns for a 6-0 victory.
“He’s a freshman and he’s tough,” Sumner said.
Del Oro went on to score pins in the next four weight classes to stretch its lead to 35-3.
In the 152 class, NU’s Jonny Callas, currently ranked No. 1 in the section (No.9 in the state), gave the Miners some much needed momentum by dominating his opponent and earning the win 17-4.
“I just stayed calm,” Callas said. “I knew what I had to do. I wrestled my own match and didn’t let the other guy dictate what I was doing.”
Will Sumner continued to build on Callas’ momentum, taking the 160 class by pin with 40 seconds left in the first period.
Will Sumner is currently ranked No. 3 in the section and No. 18 in the state
“I just like to go out there and do what I gotta do in dual meets, especially for my team,” Will Sumner said. “We were down by a lot and we needed to get pins. So I went out there and gave it my all right off the bat instead of waiting for the later rounds like some guys do.”
After Will Sumner’s win the Miners trailed 38-14.
The Golden Eagles stopped the Miners’ momentum with pins in the 170 and 182 classes.
In the closest and most thrilling match of the night, NU’s T.J. Hart came from behind in the 195 class to pin his opponent with :57 left in the match.
“I feel like I had more heart,” Hart said.
Del Oro would again stymy any swing in momentum with pins in the final two weight classes.
Despite the lopsided loss Gary Sumner said this is a good measuring stick for where the Miners are compared to the rest of the elite teams in the area.
“This gives us a lot to work on,” he said. “A couple of guys who thought they were pretty tough just found out that they weren’t, so we will work harder.”
Nevada Union has one more SFL dual coming Wednesday when it hosts Rocklin. If the Miners get the win it will mean a winning season for the NU, something Gary Sumner said hasn’t happened in a long time.
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