Nevada Union puts pin on Rio Americano |

Nevada Union puts pin on Rio Americano

Eileen JoyceNU's 130-pound Michael Halby (front) tries to get a hold on Rio Americano's Patrick Kelly Tuesday.
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Nevada Union’s wrestling team improved its Capital Athletic League mark to 3-0 Tuesday night with a 71-12 victory over Rio Americano at Nevada Union High School.

The match, the first held at NU since its dual meet tournament in mid-December, improved the Miners’ CAL dual meet winning streak to 73.

“This was a good example of where we’ve been and where we are now,” NU wrestling coach Steve Pilcher said. “(Our wrestlers) are wrestling real well, putting in a little extra effort.”

NU won each of its matches either by fall, technical fall, or by forfeit, of which there were four.

Both of Rio Americano’s victories were also by pin.

“NU has a great program,” Rio Americano coach Brady Yount said. “They are classy kids. They have a lot of community support, and one large high school to pull some wrestlers from.”

Tuesday’s match began with NU heavyweight Michael Bock, posting a second-period fall over Raider Rami Estrada.

After Rio tied the match with a fall at 103, the Miners responded with a string of victories that quickly took any element of suspense out of the team aspect of Tuesday’s match.

Sophomore Robert McDaniel won his 14th match of the season Tuesday with a fall in the first period in his match with Rio’s James Thomas. McDaniel has won each of his matches by fall this year.

McDaniel’s victory was followed by pins and wins from Nolan Walters (at 119 pounds), Drew Maraglia (125), Michael Halby (130), Dan Smith (145), Mike Flores (a come-from behind win at 152), Melvin Bird (at 160) and Jerry Andres at (171).

Matt Erdmann (135), Jonathon Bird (140), Chris Mossbacher (189) and Wade Sauer (215) won by forfeit.

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