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PREP WRESTLING

Elusive Timberwolves escape Rocklin grapplers for 39-24 win

Falls go to Woodcreek
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The visiting Woodcreek wrestling team was able to avoid giving Rocklin a single pin on their way to a 39-24 victory Thursday. On senior night, the Rocklin High Dance Team was on hand to add both energy and spirit to what otherwise is an intense sport.

It was the Thunder’s third Sierra Foothill League loss but won’t likely hinder the postseason advancement of some of Rocklin’s finest wrestlers. The Thunder surrendered five pins and one forfeit but were victorious in seven of the 13 bouts; falls are worth six points, decisions are worth less.

Rocklin’s Michael Cole posted Rocklin’s first three points but the Timberwolves rallied to earn pins in the next three matches. The Thunder’s Emilio Gallegos picked up four points in the 132-pound class. However, Woodcreek went up 21-7 winning the 138-pound matchup.

Andrew Tyson (145) then started a three-match sweep by Rocklin that included wins by Ian Mackall (152) and Kaige Miller (160). That allowed the Thunder to close the cap to 17-21 but that’s as close as Rocklin would come.

Skyler Gonzalez (182) and Sam Woods (285) also earned decisions after chasing their opponents around the mat. Woodcreek was called for several delays throughout the dual meet but the tactic allowed the T’wolves to escape with the victory.

“That’s team wrestling,” Rocklin head coach Torrean Tyus said of Woodcreek’s game plan. “That’s the style of a dual match. It’s a chess match.”

 Read more on the Rocklin and Woodcreek dual match in the Jan. 31 issue of the Placer Herald.