Oak Ridge grapplers win opener

EL DORADO HILLS — Oak Ridge High wrestling coach Casey Rhyan didn’t expect Jesuit to forfeit weight classes in their Delta River League opener inside the Trojan gym Wednesday.

Two of the first three matches were awarded to Troy which went on to post a 46-18 win over the Marauders.

Oak Ridge (1-0) won its first four matches that started with the forfeit of the 106-pound class to Trojan Jack Likens. Ahead 25-0, Oak Ridge then won seven of the final nine matches.

“They had a guy (for 106), but he was wrestling junior varsity,” Rhyan said. “I was surprised.”

After Likens, Trojan Josh Ploke (113) won by a 12-0 decision; Ricky Mellow (120) took  a forfeit; and Eric Tekahnov (126) won by a 12-2 major decision.

“We wrestled well,” Rhyan said. “They did a good job.”

Trojan grapplers winning their matches by pins were: Brandon Claiborne (145) in the second period, James Portilla (182) in the first and Sherman McVay (220), also in the first period.

Winning by decisions were Christian Portilla (132) at 8-7; Ryan Redhair (152) at 8-2; Corbett Ralstin (160) at 3-0; and Patrick Erwin (285) pulling out a narrow 1-0 win.

“I was really impressed with those guys,” Rhyan said.

Bishan Sagal (195) rallied from a 4-0 deficit against the Marauders’ Eric Medina, and almost completed the rally but fell 5-4.

“Bishan did a great job,” said Rhyan, who moved Sagal upped a weight class. “Bishane weighs only 181 pounds, and he was wrestling 195s. It could’ve easily gone either way. But that’s what’s great about Bishane; we could put him anywhere.”

Next for Oak Ridge is the Trojan War Wrestling Challenge at the Trojans’ gym Saturday. Rhyan said 20 schools are competing.

“It’s always a tough one-day tournament,” Rhyan said. “We won it last year, so we’re looking to win it again.”

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