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Young Timberwolves lack aggressiveness in loss to Rocklin

Roseville's four pins not enough in defeat at Granite Bay
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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There’s a youth movement in the wrestling room at Woodcreek High School.

They possess a strong work ethic and are aggressive, but their inexperience does show occasionally.

It was one of those nights Wednesday. The Timberwolves won just two matches in a 42-22 Sierra Foothill League dual-meet loss to visiting Rocklin.

“We didn’t wrestle really well,” Woodcreek coach Doug Mason said. “We didn’t finish moves. We weren’t aggressive. We stopped wrestling. We’d make one move and pause, and they capitalized. Their team wrestled really well.”

Austin Mason won a 10-0 major decision at 138 pounds, and 195-pounder Ryan Smith pinned his opponent at 5 minutes, 50 seconds. That was it in the win column.

Woodcreek’s lineup included five freshmen, heavyweight Dominic Balmer and 220-pounder C.J. Sparks among them, and three sophomores, one of whom is wrestling for the first time.

Balmer battled to the finish in a 4-2 loss to Sam Woods. Sophomore Andrew Zumaran lost to Kaige Miller 6-4 at 170, and sophomore Michael Contini lost to Andrew Tyson 2-0 at 145.

Mason said Balmer and the rest of the young Timberwolves have a “fantastic” work ethic, but those who aren’t playing other sports need to put in mat time during the offseason.

“They work hard, and most of the time, they’re aggressive. Since they work hard, they’re in pretty good shape, so we don’t ever get tired,” he said. “We have to work on our skills. Our skill set is just not what it needs to be.”

Granite Bay 54, Roseville 24 — Pins by Adam Wagner at 160 pounds, Daniel Flinders at 138 and Sean Brown at 126 helped the Grizzlies defeat the Tigers.

Ian Mook won by technical fall at 145, Matt Berry won a major decision at 152, and Shane Saylor won a decision at 132.

“We wrestled consistent, what I would say, up to where we should be right now,” Grizzlies coach Robert Cooley said. “We’re in good shape. We’re working basic technique to win our matches. We’re right where we want to be.”

The Tigers won four matches, all by pin — Ryan Fratto at 220, Robert Ferry at 120, Logan Runner at 113 and Logan Ash at 106. Roseville had to forfeit four matches and looks forward to having “a couple guys” return soon, according to coach Jeremiah Miller.

“We rattled off four pins,” he said. “We wrestled great. I think we’re going to peak exactly at the right time.”

Miller said there was a technical difficulty with the playing of the National Anthem, so one guy started singing.

“And then everybody started singing,” he said. “It was awesome. It really set the stage for the night.”

Last weekend, Granite Bay’s Aaron Wiese placed second at the El Camino tournament. Also, Cameron Smith finished fourth, Conner Ferguson, Dane Mortensen and David Miller were fifth, and Patrick Northam placed sixth.

Del Campo 37, Oakmont 34 — Junior Peter Santos returned to the lineup and won by technical fall at 170, but the Vikings came up short against the Cougars in a Capital Valley Conference dual meet. Also, senior Yianni Athens won by fall at 132.

“Overall, it was a good night,” Oakmont coach Dave Wells said. “The team rallied together nicely and fought hard against a tough Del Campo squad.”

SFL STANDINGS

Team             W   L
Granite Bay      2    0
Del Oro           2    0
Roseville          1    1
Rocklin            1    1
Woodcreek      0    2
Nevada Union   0    2

Wednesday's results

Granite Bay 51, Roseville 24
Rocklin 42, Woodcreek 22
Del Oro 53, Nevada Union 16
Del Campo 37, Oakmont 34 (CVC)

Wednesday, Jan. 18 (7 p.m.)

Rocklin at Granite Bay
Del Oro at Roseville
Woodcreek at Nevada Union
Bella Vista at Oakmont (CVC)