With victories in its first 10 bouts, visiting Ponderosa dominated Oak Ridge 62-10 in Wednesday’s intra-county Delta River League wrestling meet.
The Bruins tallied the first 53 points to mathematically win before the Trojans added points near the end of the one-sided match. Ponderosa had six pins, four in a row at one point, and received two Oak Ridge forfeits to improve to 3-0 in league.
“They (Troy) have some injuries but the expectation is that a Ponderosa-Oak Ridge rivalry match will always be tough,” Bruin coach Soren Murphy said. “There was definitely some swing matches that went our way tonight and the team’s conditioning really paid off.”
The Trojans, without their starting 119, 125 and 215-pounders, fell to 1-2 in the Delta River League standings.
“Even if we had them it would have been tough — they (Ponderosa) whipped our butts,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “With them we had a chance to be competitive — without I knew there was the possibility it could be ugly.”
Controversy kicked off the match as Trojan Preston Dean (189) lost a 5-3 lead in the last six seconds of the third period when he was penalized twice for violations — the second at the horn. In overtime, Bruin Jordan Marinelli’s takedown of Dean with 16 seconds left set a negative tone for the hosts.
“I really think we got the short end of the stick in that one,” Rhyan said later.
Ponderosa rolled from there. Jeff Camilli (215) pinned Eric Rohrer with seven seconds left in the first period; heavyweight Riley Nooner needed 1:30 to turn Andrew Sylvester to his back; TJ Holloway (103) avenged a JV tournament loss to Ryan Wilson with a first-period fall; and after Erik Greybill took a forfeit at 112s, Alex Greybill (119) built a 12-1 lead on Xavier Liongson and turned a late reverse into a cradle pin for a 33-0 Bruin advantage.
Oak Ridge fell further behind with a forfeit to Tim Ditrich (125) and gave up three points to Sean Melton (130) who decisioned Cameron Miller 6-1, and five points on Walker Ditrich’s (135) 16-1 technical fall of Taylor Ellerman.
The 140-pound bout refocused the fans attention as Trojan Ali Atebar (140) rallied from a 5-0 deficit. Ponderosa’a Christian Canepa lost his lead on three Atebar takedowns. Leading 8-7 in the third, Atebar let Canepa escape to tie and the two locked up as they vied for the go-ahead points. Canepa got them at the 1:17 mark and turned Atebar with seven seconds left for the fall.
“When I was down a point the coaches yelled that I ‘was still in it and to get my head in it.’ We started sprawling and after the takedown I locked it again with a Saturday night ride for the pin,” Canepa said.
The Trojans got their first points on Keaton Subject’s (145) major decision over Chip Hendricks. Bruin Nick Troquata (152) edged Alex Diaz 4-3 and Allen Emmons (160) led 10-2 in the third before pinning Zach Claiborne.
“Coming out my senior year and beating our arch rivals feels pretty good,” Emmons said.
With the outcome decided, Oak Ridge’s Vince Waldhauser, the nation’s second-ranked wrestler at 171, earmed a second period pin of Devon Nooner.
“It always feels like were the underdogs against Ponderosa. We lost the close matches and have some wrestlers out so it might have been a different dual,” Waldhauser said. “I’m real close to the guys on the team so seeing them lose riles me up.”
Ponderosa’s JV won 47-22.