The Hawks didn’t have much more luck when they took on the other Rail City school in a High Desert League dual match Wednesday night.
Reed didn’t leave any doubt, dominating to a 72-6 victory on the strength of six pins and six forfeits. In two of those forfeits, Reed wrestled in exhibition matches and earned pins, so fans saw eight pin falls on the night.
“It was senior night. It was the last time Reece Dassinger and Todd Good would be wrestling in this gym,” Reed wrestling coach Dan Barraza said. “Everyone wrestled better tonight. We just took third at the Fernley tournament this past weekend, and we were behind Spanish Springs and Lowry.”
The Raiders opened up the night with a pair of forfeit victories at 130 and 135 pounds. Davey Hibler did wrestle an exhibition match at 135 pounds and earned a first-round pin, giving Reed a 12-0 lead.
The first real match came at 140 pounds with Reed’s Tyler Wright taking on Hug’s Jose Estrada. Wright dominated the match from the early going. He owned a 12-2 lead before pinning Estrada with 32 seconds left in the match, making it an 18-0 score.
Neither team had a wrestler at 145 pounds, but then the Hawks picked up their only six points of the night when Reed had to forfeit at 152 pounds. It was all RHS from that point on as the hosts tallied the next 54 points with nine straight victories.
Dassinger got that run started in the 160-pound match. The senior, who is battling back from a back injury, manhandled his opponent. Dassinger had five takedowns and one reversal before getting the pin with one second remaining in the second period.
At 171 pounds, Damon Gebhardt also earned a pin late in the second round. His match with Edgar Tamaya started off strangely. Gebhardt received four points due to three different illegal move calls. Then he started earning his own points. He had an 11-3 advantage before getting the pin with 13 seconds left in the second.
Roberto Landu made it three straight pins when he took down Julio Lopez-Torres three seconds before the first round ended, increasing Reed’s lead to 36-6.
The pin streak didn’t end there. Sophomore Spencer Empey stayed undefeated on the winter campaign in dominating fashion.
Empey had six takedowns in the first round and his seventh stunned opponent Aljandro Cruz, leading to a pin two seconds later, just 12 ticks off the second-round clock.
The Blue and Gold picked up 18 more points with forfeits at heavyweight, 112 pounds and 125 pounds. But the matches in between saw a pair of Raiders pick up pins.
Gavin Chicking, at 103 pounds, got caught in an early 2-0 hole. However, he tied up his match with Adria Rodriguez thanks to a reversal. He claimed a 5-2 advantage heading into the second round with a five-second near fall at the end of the first. He then finished the job at the 3:32 mark of the match.
What ended up being the last match of the night was also the quickest as 119-pounder Austin Warner pinned Jonny Truehill 1:25 into the match.
The dual versus Hug was Reed’s first win in HDL action this year. The Raiders improve to 1-3 in league duals with their final one coming at McQueen. They have lost to the Lancers by one point the past two years.
“We’ve lost a couple close ones. Injuries and people being sick have affected us. That’s why we need to have depth and hopefully we have that next year,” Barraza said. “It should be a good one (with McQueen). I feel they and Spanish Springs are the frontrunners for regional titles. We do want to perform against them.”