NU clipped and flipped on mat
Tuesday night, Nevada Union wrestling coach Steve Pilcher saw the familiar and the unfamiliar.
The familiar was in the way the winning team dominated crucial matches, sprinkling pins throughout the night’s action.
The unfamiliar, however, came in who that winning team was.
Bella Vista won nine of 14 matches Tuesday en route to a 46-27 victory over host NU.
The loss is NU’s second Capital Athletic League loss of the season, and puts them out of mathematical contention to defend their CAL team title, which they have held for the last 11 seasons.
“Hats off to (Bella Vista coach) Mike Lee and his wrestlers,” Pilcher said. “They did to us what we’ve been doing to other teams for years, getting plenty of needed pins.”
The matches begun Tuesday at 103-pounds, uncommon in a year in which wrestling used a blind draw to decide at what weight to start matches.
NU lost three of the first four matches, and was never able to recover the lead after that.
NU’s Robert McDaniel did give the Miners early hope.
The 112-pound sophomore ran his record to 21-8 with a second-period pin. It was his 20th fall of the season.
NU also posted a win at 130 by Anthony Archuleta, who won by first-period pin. Jon Bird, who wrestled up one weight class, won a 5-4 decision at 140-pounds to close the Broncos’ team lead to one-point.
“I thought Jon really wrestled a great match for us tonight,” Pilcher said.
Bella Vista, however, won five of the last seven weight classes to break open a close contest. NU’s Chris Mosbacher (189) and Wade Sauer (215) managed to post falls for the Miners after the team winner had already been decided.
“When we started off the year, people knew we were probably the fourth or fifth best team in the league,” Pilcher said. “I think our kids have come a long way, and some should do well this weekend.”
The CAL tournament will be held Friday at Del Campo High School.
The top four finishers at Del Campo advance on to the sub-section tournament.
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