Weighty chore no problem for NU
Just how dominant is Nevada Union on the Metro Conference wrestling scene?
For starters, NU has never lost a Metro dual. In three years of competing in the Sacramento-area Division I league, Metro foes have hardly provided so much as a challenge to the Miners.
That, again, was the case Wednesday, as Nevada Union nailed down Granite Bay by a 52-23 count. But, even more impressive than the final score, was the fact that the entire Miner lineup wrestled up one weight class.
That’s why NU senior Brian Wheatley looked so much smaller than Granite Bay’s 189-pounder, Rob Haney, who by the way, Wheatley defeated 9-2 despite giving away nearly 20 pounds.
“I weighed in at 169,” Wheatley said. “I saw him weigh in at 188. It was tough, but I haven’t wrestled 171 (in league matches) all year. I wrestled at 215 against McClatchy.
“When you wrestle people who have got 15-20 pounds on you, it’s tough. But wrestling bigger guys helps when you go down to your normal weight. Then those guys feel light because you’re used to bigger guys.”
NU head coach Shane Valdez said the Miners made the move up not only because a few of his regulars had trouble making weight Wednesday, but also “to get the experience and challenge themselves.”
The Miners lost three matches on the night, including two weight classes wrestled by junior varsity regulars, but otherwise flexed some serious muscle.
Jake Cena, normally NU’s 103-pounder, stuck his 112-pound foe Will Aston in 50 seconds. At 130, Shane Lingo landed a fall in a mere minute. Kyle Brady won by pin 36 seconds into his 135-pound match and Luke Manuel followed that with a pin in 1:40.
Also winning by pin was Matt Lessard at 160, closing out a match he led 10-1 by pinning Granite Bay’s Steve Loder with 19 seconds left in the third and final period.
At 119, Matt Manuel needed less than two full periods to rack up a technical fall with an 18-3 win. Drew Maraglia, at 145, also scored a tech. fall (18-2) without the need of a third period. At 152, Jon Bird blanked Granite Bay’s Travis Shuler 15-0 for a technical fall.
In what was expected to be one of the better matches of the night, NU’s Zach Callas toed the line against Granite Bay’s Derik Jones, a Sac-Joaquin Section qualifier in 2004. But Callas, a junior, took control early and never relented, dominating Jones for a 10-1 win.
“We’re pretty solid,” said Valdez, whose Miners improved to 2-0 in the Metro and 9-4 in dual matches this season. “I think there is one more (Metro team that could offer a challenge). Kennedy beat (Granite Bay), so I’m sure Kennedy will be tough.”
NU will host the Cougars on Feb. 2, but next Wednesday the Miners will welcome Yuba City in a Metro match. This weekend, NU will compete in the Asics Foothill Tournament at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento.
Four junior varsity matches preceded varsity action Wednesday, with the Grizzlies and Miners each winning two matchups. NU’s Brett Shauffler won by pin in the second period of his 130-pound match, while Tom Brindley was a 9-0 winner at 152 pounds.
Nevada Union 52, Granite Bay 23
103 – Cameron Banks (GB) tech. fall Amanda Smiarowski, 18-3; 5-0.
112 – Jake Cena (NU) pinned Will Aston, :50; 6-5.
119 – Matt Manuel (NU) tech. fall Joe Lyon, 18-3; 11-5.
125 – Jason Lyon (GB) pinned Pavel Zavarzina, :25; 11-11.
130 – Shane Lingo (NU) pinned Rob Collins, 1:00; 17-11.
135 – Kyle Brady (NU) pinned Jason Angerer, :36; 23-11.
140 – Luke Manuel (NU) pinned Kyle Langowski, 1;40; 29-11.
145 – Drew Maraglia (NU) tech. fall Jose Sanchez, 18-2; 34-11.
152 – Jon Bird (NU) tech. fall Travis Shuler, 15-0; 39-11.
160 – Matt Lessard (NU) pinned Steve Loder, 5:41; 45-11.
171 – Zach Callas (NU) dec. Derik Jones, 10-1; 49-11.
189 – Brian Wheatley (NU) dec. Rob Haney, 9-2; 52-11.
215 – Eric Blank (GB) pinned Buck Davis, 1:00; 52-17.
275 – Tyler Wingo (GB) won by forfeit; 52-23.
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