Nevada Union wrestler Lachlan Jones had spent the last month rehabbing an injury that kept him off the mat.
On Wednesday, he showed he’s healthy and ready to mix it up.
“I have been hurt for about a month, and last week was the first time I was able to get back into it,” Jones said. “I kind of was ready to get into it, and I came out with a fire in my belly.”
Jones, a senior wrestling in the 120-pound weight class, faced off with Granite Bay’s Alex Meza in the third matchup of the Sierra Foothill League dual meet. Meza scored two quick points with a take-down, but Jones slipped out, scored a near fall, then finally pinned Meza just one minute into the bout.
“We started off, and he tried to tie up, and he got that one shot in on me,” Jones said. “But we have been working on it in practice, that bottom in an attitude, so I made sure I got right back up and into it. And I came away with the victory.”
Unfortunately, that would be Nevada Union’s only victory of the night as the Granite Bay Grizzlies mauled the rest of the competition, defeating the Miners 76-6.
Of the 14 matches, NU won one, forfeited two and was pinned 10 times.
Besides Jones, the only other Miner to avoid being pinned was Kaleb Patterson, who went all three rounds in the 182-pound weight class but lost on points to Granite Bay’s Jeromy Norris.
Nevada Union has been decimated by injuries this season, leaving it short-handed and inexperienced, said head coach Gary Sumner.
“The same thing happened against Roseville,” Sumner said. “We just don’t have our regular varsity guys. I’ve been bringing up freshmen just so we don’t forfeit weight classes.”
The Miners’ top wrestler and senior captain, Will Sumner, who was coming off an injury, weighed in at 174 pounds but wrestled at 195.
While Will Sumner competed valiantly, he was eventually pinned, marking the first time that has happened to the talented wrestler in his high school career.
“I made him wrestle two weights up,” Gary Sumner said. “He weighed in at 174, and I shouldn’t have done it — 25 pounds is just too much.”
Despite the lopsided loss, Jones said his team will improve as the year progresses.
“We have some guys that are a little inexperienced, first-, second-year guys that are still getting a feel for the sport,” he said. “But we also have some good guys who will help bring them along, and we should improve as the season moves on.”
Gary Sumner said with so many young guys, it’s back to the basics.
“Just keep working on the fundamentals,” he said. “That’s what you have to do with these young guys.”
The Miners’ next SFL matchup is Wednesday when they travel to face Del Oro.
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