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Reed wrestlers can't hang with McQueen
by Nathan Shoup
Jan 15, 2014 | 1087 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Reed wrestling coach Mike Klapp didn’t think his group was very physical Wednesday night and it resulted in a 45-16 loss to McQueen in both team’s second High Desert League Duel of the season.

The Raiders and Lancers are both 1-1 in HDL duels.

“They (McQueen) are impressive and I knew they were going to be…,” Klapp said. “McQueen has been physical all year, we know they work hard and that’s what we expected from them and to be honest I don’t think we answered the bell.”

Reed’s Jorge Mortenson spotted Reed a 3-0 lead in the first match of the night in the 160s, winning 10-7.

“I was definitely impressed with Jorge (Mortenson),” Klapp said. “He is a sophomore without a lot of wrestling experience and he really wrestled with the physicalness we want to see.”

McQueen’s Jarred Johnson won the 170s on points to tie the match at three before Robert Landa landed Reed’s only pin of the night.

Connor Stripe won the 190s on points before Josh Ramos (220), Damon Ramos (heavyweight) and Austin Majorsky (106) landed consecutive pins for the Lancers to put the guests up 25-9.

Greg Paulk extended McQueen’s advantage to 29-9 with a convincing win on points in the 113s before Izzy Casarez ended Reed’s point drought with a 3-2 win in the 120s.

“I’m certainly proud of Izzy Casarez,” Klapp said. “I thought he was really aggressive.”

Chase Heit (126) scored Reed’s last points of the night, winning the next match, 4-0.

Leading 19-16 after Heit’s win, McQueen won the final four matches of the night. Auddie Sweet (132), Kyle Lattin (138) and Saul Guttierez (152) all won on points. Jon Paulk (145) turned in McQueen’s fourth pin of the night.

“We absolutely have the ability to wrestle better than we did tonight,” Klapp said. “I’m disappointed in some of the guys and excited about others. That’s just kind of how it is.”

The Raiders hop on to North Valleys’ mat next Wednesday.

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