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Miners maul McClatchy

John HartNevada Union's John Bird takes control of his opponent in the 140-pound weight class Wednesday. Bird won 10-2.
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Nevada Union’s Miners broke in their new wrestling facility in style Wednesday, whipping visiting C.K. McClatchy by a 50-point margin.

The 62-12 victory put an exclamation mark on NU’s opening match of the newly constructed building, which will be officially dedicated next week.

“We took a chance and moved some kids up a weight today and it paid off,” NU coach Steve Pilcher said. “We’ve got some kids banged up. It’s been a long year. But overall, I’m happy with the way things went.”



The night didn’t get off to the best of starts for the Miners, as NU dropped two of the first four matches. Pat Cronan was pinned by McClatchy’s Sae Chao in 1:44 at 103 pounds, before Luke Manuel reversed NU’s fortunes with a technical fall win over Joe Sydara, 15-0.

NU picked up six points from the first of four forfeits to take an 11-6 lead before McClatchy’s Nathan Rubalcalba pinned Mike Halby 26 seconds into the 125-pound match.




“I’m real proud of Mike Halby. That’s the first time he’s made (weight at) 125 all year,” Pilcher said. “You could tell he lost a little weight today. He just got caught and it was disappointing because we really didn’t get to see him wrestle. But he’s going to be OK.”

Rublacalba’s win gave the Lions a 12-11 lead, but it was shortlived.

The Miners didn’t fall again, tearing off four straight wins to take firm control of the match at 30-12.

Nolan Walters won by pin in 1:31 of the 130-pound match, Drew Maraglia was a 7-0 winner at 135 pounds, John Bird took a 10-2 decision at 140 and Ian Regnier stuck his foe in 1:46.

Nevada Union also won the remaining three matches, including the night’s closest contest, a 6-5 win by Melvon Bird over Chuck Smith at 160 pounds. Andrew Moon won by tech fall, 15-0, over Robert Blanco at 171 and Andrew Jackson pinned A.J. Rosales in 3:12 to take the 189-pound matchup.

NU’s Robert McDaniel (119), Buddy Brady (152), Wade Sauer (215) and Michael Bock (Hwt.) each won by forfeit and secured six points for the Miners simply by making weight.

Nevada Union will host a grand opening for the new wrestling/multipurpose room at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Pilcher said the entire community is invited to the event, which will feature guest speakers yet to be announced.

Due to preparations for that ceremony, Pilcher said Tuesday’s 6 p.m. match against Yuba City will hit the mats inside the west gymnasium, otherwise known as the “House of Pain” to the Lady Miner basketball program.

“I’m real happy with this facility,” Pilcher said surveying the structure. “And maybe now we have another ‘House of Pain.'”

NU’s junior varsity also scored a 50-point victory, beating the Lions’ JV 56-6. Only four matches were wrestled, among a slew of forfeits.

Nate Entrekin (112) scored a 10-2 win for the Miners. Andy Owen shut out his 119-pound foe 8-0 and Dan Bright pinned his opponent in 2:25 of the 125-pound match.


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