The Sonora Wildcats opened their 2013-14 wrestling season by outlasting their Tuolumne County rival, the Summerville Bears, on the mat on Wednesday.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Jack Wivell (right, above) attempts to bring down Sonora senior Kyle Mantzouranis during Wednesday’s wrestling match in Tuolumne.
With nine total wins, including four by forfeit, Sonora won 50-22 over host Summerville.
“I was pretty pleased with it,” said Wildcat head coach Jon Abernathy. “I’m really happy with my numbers. It’s really created a lot of competition in the room. It’s always nice to come off of a win. It’s good to have a full team. We’re looking forward to having a pretty good season.”
Sonora, who has nearly 40 wrestlers overall in its program, was credited with four wins by forfeit because Summerville did not have a competitor in the 126, 138, 220, and 285-pound weight classes.
Summerville opened the match with a victory by Colby Dibble, who pinned Wildcat Cameren Ambrose in 1:32.
The Bears kept that momentum going in the 120-pound weight class as Devin Conklin pinned Sonora’s Dakota Smiley in 1:50.
Then Sonora senior Kyle Mantzouranis at 132 stepped onto the mat. Thirty-eight seconds later, he walked away in style by pinning Jack Wivell.
At 145, Wildcat Colton Masters and Bear Zack Marquez went at it. Masters won by a 10-0 majority decision.
Not to be outdone, Summerville sophomore Justin McCready notched a win by pin against Collin Crabtree in 48 ticks at 152.
Sonora’s 160-pounder Lucas Pallante won by a 15-3 majority decision over Jed Glazier.
Summerville junior Humphrey Quirie recorded the Bears last victory with an 11-3 majority decision at 170 against Torrin Phillips.
“Humphrey Quirie is really good,” Abernathy said. “He’s a really tough wrestler.”
Two other Wildcat pins came from Paul Ravelli, 182, and Jack Trent, 195, in 1:09 and 3:22, respectively over Austin McCready and Tyler Stoy.
Both teams did not have a wrestler at 113 pounds.
“The match also showed me we have a lot to work on at practice to become the type of team we want to be,” Abernathy said.”