Woodcreek can't match defending wrestling champs

Timberwolves fall to Del Oro 44/15
By: Robbie Enos, Press Tribune Correspondent
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Woodcreek wrestling had a tough task Wednesday night when they faced defending league champion Del Oro at home. The result was a 44-15 loss as the Golden Eagles won 10 of 14 matches, including three pins.

Timberwolves head coach Doug Mason was still pleased with his team’s performance due to their effort on the mats. James Gomez earned a second-round pin in the 126-pound contest. The heavier wrestlers had a solid night as well, where Mitchell Houston (195 pounds), Connor Vargas (220 pounds), and Dominic Balmer (285 pounds) all earned wins.

“We’re really happy with the way we competed,” Mason said. “We fought hard, we were aggressive, and we tried things. They’re a better team than we are. We can’t stop that, but we can still go out there and fight hard. We had some close matches, and if they go the other way, it’s a different match. We’re not good enough to beat them right now, and that’s just the way it is.”

Houston won his match 1-0 after an escape in the second round. Vargas earned a solid 6-1 win after scoring several takedowns in the second round and pulling a slick reverse in the third round. Balmer earned a tight victory in the heavyweight bout, breaking a 1-1 tie in the third round with a takedown.

Woodcreek defeated Granite Bay in their first league meet, and still has Nevada Union, Rocklin, and Roseville coming up. Mason said the team will have to improve on their skills in order to reach their goals this season.

“We have to work on our technique,” Mason said. “We’re going to have to work on our movement. We’re not consistently moving from the bottom, and we’re not even moving consistently from the top. We’re allowing them to start their offense and defense, and we’re not beating them to the punch.”

Following Gomez’s pin, the Timberwolves held a 15-12 lead over the Eagles. But they would fail to win a match after that. They forfeited the 152-pound match before Del Oro’s Patrick Neu and Alec Uhler earned decisive wins at the 160-pound and 170-pound matches, respectively.