Before taking the gig at Reed, Klapp coached club wrestling in the North Valleys area for six years. His Raiders improved to 2-1 in High Desert duals with a 56-24 win at Klapp's old stomping grounds Wednesday night.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in the North Valleys. I know a lot of these kids pretty well, so it’s a bit mixed for me personally but I’m really glad we got the win,” Klapp said. “They’re good kids. It’s nice to see them come along. They’re young, but obviously I’m a Raider. I’m proud of what we did and I thought we were impressive.”
Reed finished with five pins and picked up three forfeits – in the heavyweight, 195s and 120s.
Calvin Cox picked up Reed’s most convincing pin of the night, downing his counterpart in 25 seconds in the 220s.
“It’s tough adjusting off of football season (for Cox). He spent the first month of wrestling right in front of the guy and we were like ‘no, get on the corner,’ and he was like ‘oh,’ and all of a sudden the world opens up,” Klapp said. “He’s placed at every tournament we’ve taken him to and he’s winning here.”
Jake Otuafi wrestled up a class in the 152s and earned a 5-4 decision win.
“Jake has been injured and we asked him to wrestle up a weight against one of their better wrestlers, a senior, and he got us a win,” Klapp said. “That’s pretty impressive.”
Klapp was also particularly pleased with Chase Heit (126), who earned a third-round pin after leading 8-0.
North Valleys four wins, all pins, came from Mack Welch (113), Tim Trainor (138),
Reed hosts North power and rival, Spanish Springs, next Wednesday.