Rivalry matchups come early for wrestling teams as the Summerville Bears prepare to take on Sonora High School Wednesday at home.
Summerville is coming off what coach Brady Day calls his team’s toughest tournament on the schedule — the Tim Brown Memorial at Cal Expo in Sacramento.
Six Bears wrestlers took part in the event, with two earning medals.
While they all wrestled well, Day said seniors Brennan Dibble and Austin Luckett stood out.
Dibble is 20-6 on the year, competing in a tough weight class (12).
Luckett (160) is 23-7 and is having his best year yet, said Day.
“For our boys to go out and not only get some wins, but take home some medals is a great accomplishment,” said Day.
Next up is the chance to host the Sonora Wildcats.
“Getting our team focused for a duel like this is exciting,” said Day. “We’ve been working hard to go out and compete for six minutes of each match. “
The Bears have been busy putting in extra time on the mat, working with younger wrestlers and honing the veterans’ skills.
“Sonora has a lot of great wrestlers, but so do we, said Day. “ We started the season with little experience, but now we have that and we’re ready for the challenge.”
Sonora comes into Wednesday’s matches with plenty of momentum, too.
At the Tim Brown Memorial Travis Pingree (108) went 2-2. Trevor Davis (132) also went 2-2.
Carson Dambacher (160) went 3-2.
In his first match he won by pin over Justin Goudelock of Del Norte. In his second round match he won by pin over the meet’s No. 7 seed Matt Fregoso of Ponderosa.
Round three had him up against Summerville’s Austin Luckett, which he won by decision, 6-1.
He would go on to lose a close on, 6-3, in the quarters to the eventual second place winner, Tyler Houck of Palma. He was eliminated by Colton Prieto of Petaluma 4-3 who finished third place.
“All of the wrestlers gained valuable experience against the Northern California’s toughest competition,” said Sonora coach Jordan DePaoli. “This type of elite wrestling will prepare us for what we will see in the postseason.”
DePaoli was especially encouraged by Dambacher’s performance.
“Carson had great tournament and proved that he is improving each time he hits the mat. He lost two very close matches that could have gone either way. If he wins either, then he is right there with the top placers. This will be a confidence builder for him progressing forward,” he said.
Wednesday DePaoli expects another strong test at Summerville.
And there’s plenty on the line as the match will help decide which team gets a playoff spot in the Division 5 team duals, said DePaoli.
“Our wrestlers are very excited to take on a strong Summerville team,” he said. “The team knows the importance of this match, and we believe as a coaching staff that they will be prepared and rise to the occasion. Their program is on the rise, and we are very excited to see where we stand as a team at their place.”
The junior varsity matches start at 6 p.m. Varsity matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Summerville High School gym.
Sonora junior varsity
The JV team was on the road for the Argonaut tournament. Three wrestlers earned first place finishes. Jake Pingree (108) went 2-2. James McGee (122) went 3-2; Zach Craig (108) went 5-0, taking first place; Tyler Crockett (147) went 5-0, earning first place; Riley Mathis (162) went 3-2 and Chris Ramos (122) was 3-0, taking another first place home for the Bears.