SHINGLE SPRINGS — Last Wednesday’s dual meet between host Ponderosa High and Folsom to decide the Delta River League title came down to the final few matches with Eric Greybill’s pin in the second round of his 112-pound bout putting the victory in the Bruins’ corner as Ponderosa went on to a 36-21 win.
The title was the Bruins first in Division 1 and snapped a 37-match Bulldog win streak and denied Folsom its fifth consecutive league banner. It was Ponderosa’s 38th team championships and qualified it for team sections.
With the Ditrich brothers, Tim and Walker, already in the win column, Wednesday’s outcome rested with the Greybills, Eric and Alex, who closed the match. The Bruins led 27-21 — the difference Folsom’s forfeit at 160s — when Eric took the mat on the heels of teammate TJ Holloway’s 7-6 defeat at 103s. He immediately went after Tyler Rios to get an early take-down and then wrapped Rios up for three tilts for nine near fall points and a commanding 11-0 advantage. It was all over for Rios in the second period as Greybill gave him a birds-eye view of the ceiling in Ponderosa’s new gym.
“I just went out there and got a nice lead in case anything went wrong and after that I went for the points for the team,” said Eric who used a half nelson to pin Rios. “It feels good to win the division — it’s our first-ever in D-1.”
While Eric’s big win put the score out of reach, Alex (119) had to work for his. He reversed on Connor Pollock with 1:15 to go and held on to put the finishing touch to the Bruins’ hard-fought victory. On the evening, Ponderosa won nine matches and lost five.
“We knew it’d be tough because Folsom is a tough team and we knew it’d be a battle at seven weight classes that could go either way. They’re well-coached and do a lot of the same things — like countering and position — that we do and it’s basically wrestling yourself in some situations,” Bruin coach Soren Murphy said. “For us to step up tonight and be extremely competitive and win the league championship is big for the team and the school.”
Fans turned out to witness the clash between neighbors. Ponderosa entered behind its drum line and as the cheerleaders lined the mat, Wednesday’s match opened with Tim Ditrich hanging on for an 8-7 victory — nearly blowing a six-point lead to Sam Morgan. The two locked up in a scoreless final 55 seconds that took an eternity to play out.
After Matt Parker pinned Christian Canepa (130) to get Folsom in front, Bruin Sean Melton (135) blanked his opponent 4-0 and Walker (140) broke from an early 2-2 score to win 9-3. Next at 145, Ponderosa’s Chip Henricks led 6-2 after two periods and starting from the top for the third, held Ryan Jensen for two minutes to win it.
At 152, Bulldog Isaias Diaz pinned Nick Troquato as Folsom got to within 12-9 but the forfeit to Devon Nooner cost it six points. Bruin Allen Emmons (171) led 8-6 in the third before turning Alex Hurlimann to his back with 41 ticks left.
Trailing 24-9, the ‘Dogs bit back. Alex Wood decisioned Jordan Marinelli (189), and Tevenn Lewis used Jeff Camilli’s (215) shot to pin Camilli with 37 seconds left in the opening period.
The teams then traded decisions — Ponderosa heavyweight Riley Nooner sized Jordan Allen up before trading takedowns for escapes; Holloway’s one-point loss — before Eric and Alex Greybill cemented the Bruins’ title.
“He (Allen) was trying to rattle my head because they heard I defaulted at Tim Brown (Memorial Tournament) because of my neck,” Riley said. “He kept giving himself up so I just stayed in good position.”