SHINGLE SPRINGS — If the Ponderosa High wrestling team wanted to stay undefeated in Delta River League action Wednesday night going into its dual meet against rival Oak Ridge, it needed solid performances from most of its grapplers.
The Bruins (3-0) accomplished that and then some at their gym after winning 10 of the 13 weight classes to post a 52-18 win over Oak Ridge (1-2). The victory kept the Bruins in contention for the Delta River League dual meet title with league matches left against undefeated Folsom, Ponderosa’s next dual, and Jesuit.
“What we did at 172 pounds was all of our kids wrestled up a weight class because we wanted those matchups to get away from Keaton Subjeck (Oak Ridge’s 172-pounder),” Ponderosa coach Soren Murphy said.
Subject won by forfeit to give Oak Ridge a 6-0 lead to start the match. Next was Ponderosa’s Nick Troquato, who tied the match with a pin in the first round at 37 seconds. After the Trojans took a 9-6 lead thanks to Preston Dean’s 3-0 decision over Jacob Richards in 197s , the Bruins’ Jorden Marinelli (222) pinned Xavier Lopez in the second period at the 3:25 mark to give the Bruins a 12-9 lead.
The Bruins’ Jeff Camilli (heavyweight) pinned Oak Ridge’s Jacob Proul in the first period at 1:32 for the first of six straight wins: T.J. Holloway (108) decisioned Oak Ridge’s Josh Pluke 13-10; Brady Ruppenthal’s (115) 9-1 major decision of Ryan Wilson; Jacob Gonzalez (122) fall of Andrew Gulurate in just 41 seconds; Christian Canepa’s (128) 6-1 decision over Cameron Miller; and David Timm (134) by pin in 47 seconds over Ryan Redhair.
The string of wins put Ponderosa up 40-9 and in control of the outcome.
“They were able to bump some guys (in weight classes),” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “We really couldn’t do anything about it. When it came down to toughness, they showed that they were tougher.”
Murphy added, “Sometimes when we move guys around, they get better matches and better competition, especially with Oak Ridge.”
In the 140-pound match, Oak Ridge’s Taylor Ellerman won a 5-4 decision over Sean Melton to cut the Bruins’ lead to 40-12. But the Bruins won two of the final three matches — T.J. Spangler (147) pinned Kevin Cayon in 43 seconds and Trae Providence (154) pinned Ali Atebar in 1:19.
Friday and Saturday, Ponderosa and Oak Ridge, along with fellow county high schools Union Mine and El Dorado, compete in the annual Tim Brown Memorial Invitational in Sacramento which will feature more than 80 California teams from near the Oregon border down to Bakersfield. The tournament is considered one of the toughest prep tournaments in California.
“When you look at a tournament like that, it’s comparable to the (Sac-Joaquin Section) Masters meet,” Murphy said. “If you’re in the top eight (in the weight class) you really have a good shot of being top eight in the Masters and making it to the state tournament. It’s definitely a measuring stick.”
Ponderosa also beat Oak Ridge, 48-22 in the junior varsity meet.