Sonora High School’s varsity wrestling team was faced with making up 18 forfeit points against a perennially tough Calaveras team Thursday night. They would come up just short, losing 33-34.

But coach Jon Abernathy said despite the defeat, his team has plenty to be proud of.

“Our thin numbers at the upper weights hurt. We had a wrestler out with illness and another injured,” he said. In all likelihood it didn’t change the results because our forfeits were to some of Calaveras’ best wrestlers.

The night’s match began at 195 and by the 120-pound match the Wildcats were trailing 25-0.

They rallied and won the next five matches, moving the score to 25-24. They had a 33-28 lead after a win by Devin Brisco and a pin by Gabe Atwood before forfeiting the 182-pound match.

The difference in the score came by way of a takedown the ‘Cats gave up in the final 10 seconds of the team’s second match, said Abernathy.

“Our wrestlers competed so hard trying to make up the forfeit points. They should be proud of the way they went after Calaveras,” said Abernathy. “Congratulations to Calaveras. They're as always a good team.”

Here’s how wrestlers fared individually:

Travis Pingree (106) lost by decision; Chris Ramos (113) lost by decision; Keanu Perez (120) won by forfeit; Trevor Davis (126) won by fall: Colton Davis (132) won by decision; Coleton Sanguinetti (138) won by fall; Bret Stewart (145) won by decision; Ethan Champe (152) lost by decision; Devin Brisco (160) won by decision; Gabe Atwood (170) won by fall; and Aaron David (285) lost by fall. The 182, 195 and 220 weight classes were lost by forfeit.