Reno failed to wrestle at seven weight classes, giving away 42 points to the Raiders in Reed’s 54-21 victory.
Of the six weight classes that had matches, the Huskies won four of them.
“It’s good to get that first win. I’ve got to get some guys at the right weights, but it was good to get the first dual win of the year,” Reed wrestling coach Dan Barraza said. “I was surprised (with the forfeits) because they wrestled a lot of JV matches, but they must be younger kids who aren’t ready to wrestle at the varsity level.”
Chase Heit got Reed off to a good start at 106 pounds, building a 13-0 lead after two rounds. He was well on his way to a tech fall victory, but did even better, recording a third-round pin with 1:04 on the clock, giving the Raiders the initial 6-0 lead.
Reno fired right back with its 113-pounder. Payton Tsukamoto earned a 9-4 decision, cutting the deficit to 6-3.
However, that was the last time the match was close.
Reno forfeited the next four weight classes, leaving the Raiders with a 30-3 edge on the scoreboard.
The next action on the mat was good for the visitors though as the Huskies pinned three straight Raiders.
Reno 150-pounder Joey Lavallee accomplished the same feat as his predecessor, slicing the deficit down to 30-15 to start the second half of the match.
With only six weight classes remaining, the Huskies needed to pick up some points and a pin with 37 seconds left in the final round of the 160-pound match did just that.
The Raiders were in desperate need of some traction and a momentum swing and hoped Erik Stockwell at 170 pounds would provide that after seeing the lead diminish to 30-21.
Stockwell was up 4-0 in the third before a reversal cut his lead in half. He returned the favor and seconds later recorded a pin with 30 seconds remaining in his match. That gave Reed a 36-21 lead.
A forfeit in the next weight class by Reno clinched the dual victory for the Blue and Gold. Another forfeit followed before the final match of the night at 220 pounds between two-time defending state champion Spencer Empey of Reed and Reno’s Sullivan Cauley, a Douglas transfer who lost to Reed’s Broc Westlake in the regional championship match last year at 195 pounds.
The two beasts battled in the first round to a scoreless stalemate.
Then Empey figured out what he wanted to do and he got it done, earning a pin early in the second round.
A forfeit in the heavyweight match accounted for the final 54-21 margin.
“That last match with Spencer was good. That kid was a returning state placer as well and regional finalist,” Barraza said. “It’s good to get Spencer a match like that early on to build him up for the TOC in a couple weeks. Chase Heit wrestled real tough at 106 for us. He got his takedowns going, so I liked that. Alex Landa had to go out and wrestle Lavallee, a three-time state champion, and he went in there tough and didn’t back down at all, so that was exciting for him.”
Reed is at the Natomas Duals this weekend and will take on Hug in HDL action next week.