Summerville coach Jordan DePaoli knew he would need his wrestlers to rise to championship level Wednesday night against the Sonora Wildcats.
After last year’s come-from-behind 42-39 win, the Bears were hopeful their smaller roster and experience level would be a factor they could overcome.
But Sonora carried the memory of last year onto the mat and toppled the Bears 66-12.
“The Sonora wrestlers were vindictive after suffering last years loss and that was evident from the first match,” said DePaoli. “I was extremely proud of the way our kids fought as hard as possible to win for their teammates, but the bottom line was that we were outmatched.”
Summerville’s first win came from Brennen Dibble who pinned Sonora’s Travis Pingree in the 106 pounds weight class.
“I thought Summerville’s wrestler wrestled with great effort, but they are very young, said Sonora coach Jon Abernathy. Our experience, led by our six seniors showed.”
In the 285 weight class, the Bears’ Carson Caya pinned Sonora sophomore Mark Camara.
Despite losing his match, Camara’s performance was impressive. Abernathy said.
“He did a really good job against Carson Caya, who is very experienced,” said Abernathy. “Mark is showing improvement each time he wrestles.
In the 113-pound class, Sonora’s Chris Ramos won by forfeit. In the 120-pound class, Sonora’s Keanu Perez defeated Austin White by pin. Perez was coming off an impressive showing at the annual Tim Brown Memorial Tournament in Sacramento where he placed second after losing to Blake Fredericson of Windsor in the final match.
Sonora’s Trevor Davis (126), Colton Davis (132), Coleton Sanguinetti (138), Brett Stewart (145), Devin Brisco (160), and Jason Sullivan (170) won their matches by pin.
Sonora’s Chris Ramos (113), Ethan Champe (152), Gabe Atwood (182), Elijah MacDonald (195) each won by forfeit.
“I truly enjoyed watching both our schools compete and at the end of the day, you have to be humble and realize we lost to a much more experienced and skilled team,” said DePaoli. “Our two captains came away victorious with pins but other than that we have to tip our cap to Sonora and get back to the room and improve in all phases.”