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Spanish Springs wrestlers beat up Reed, 50-12
by Dan Eckles
Jan 30, 2014 | 957 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' Tyler Poalillo (top) works against Reed's Chase Heit during Wednesday's 126-pound match. Poalillo earned a third-round pin, helping his Cougars to a 50-12 team triumph.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' Tyler Poalillo (top) works against Reed's Chase Heit during Wednesday's 126-pound match. Poalillo earned a third-round pin, helping his Cougars to a 50-12 team triumph.
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The Spanish Springs Cougars dominated their cross-town rival Reed, cruising to a 50-12 romp in a High Desert League wrestling dual meet at RHS Wednesday night.

Spanish Springs won 11 of the 14 matches and improved to 5-0 HDL duals. The Cougars, who have just one league dual remaining on their schedule, at Hug next week, clinched at least a share of the High Desert League championship, their seventh straight.

Despite the lopsided margin of victory, SSHS coach Joe Imelli was less than pleased with his squad.

"To be honest with you, I thought we lacked intensity in spots," Imelli said. "Not all the way through the lineup, we did have some good matches. But our pregame was not as sharp as it has been and it showed. That's frustrating, but the good part is we're frustrated after a win and not after a loss."

The dual started with the 113-pound matchup. Spanish Springs grabbed a 19-3 lead after the first five matches, but Reed won two of the next three matches to close the margin to 22-12.

Jake Otuafi recorded a second-round pin for the Raiders in the 145-pound match and Erik Stockwell earned a 10-7 win for the RHS crew at 160s to account for the modest Reed run.

That's as good as it got for the Raiders. Spanish Springs proceeded to rip off wins in the final six matches of the night to earn its 38-point thumping.

"The score is bad. We'd like to be better," Reed coach Mike Klapp said. "All year, our three toughest wrestlers and the ones who have been the most competitive for us, they won again tonight.

"But every match we lost, we were competitive. All the matches were close, but they're better than us. We're capable of getting to that next level with a little more work ... There's potential. We're not where we want to be, but we can get there."

The two teams did largely decide the dual on the mat. There was only one forfeit in the 14 weight classes. That came at 195 where Reed forfeited to Spanish Springs' standout senior Brik Chesley.

The most competitive match of the night came in the 220-pound bout. Spanish Springs' Anthony Walsh and Reed's Calvin Cox battled to a scoreless deadlock into the final minute of the third round, before Walsh scored four late points to capture the victory.

Three Spanish Springs wrestlers racked up pins. Those came from 106-pounder Nick Poalillo (second round), 126-pounder Tyler Poalillo (third round), 138-pounder Cole Drescher (second round) and 285-pounder Chase Hauder (second round).

The Cougars other wins in the dual came from Wade Wrenn (113, 13-5 dec.), Joei Jones (132, 8-5 dec.), Frankie Patetta (152, 12-7 dec.), Casey Preston (170, 16-8) and Jake Sylvester (182, 5-0).

Reed's other win in the match was picked up by 120-pounder Israel Casarez, who earned a 6-3 decision.

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