The Southridge gymnasium can be a downright unwelcoming place to wrestle.
First, they throw a bunch of boy-band and tweener music at you while the visiting team is warming up.
Then they start throwing pins.
The Suns scored pins in four of the first six matches Thursday night including a stunner by sophomore Sean Weiher in the opener then held on for a 34-23 win over Hanford in Mid-Columbia Conference mat action.
That was big, Southridge coach John Hogg said.
At least as big was the Suns ability to score big team points in their wins.
Each team won seven matches.
However, Southridge (3-2) had the four pins plus a major decision, while Hanford (2-3) had just two major decisions.
We had some kids stay off their back, Hogg said.
The marquee match of the night also was the last one, with Hanford state veteran Will Bishop squaring off against Southridges Bryce Overholt at 182 pounds.
Bishop overcame a couple close calls early against Overholt, a strong candidate to get to state in a very tough weight, and got the better part of a terrific scramble between the two late in the second period to snatch a 4-3 win.
My goal is to get to state and place, said Bishop, acknowledging hes in perhaps the toughest weight in the Mid-Col. I dont care whos out there.
Weihers pin at 195 made Hogg look like a genius with his lineup tweak, as he bumped up state placer Kevin Del-Angel to 220.
Weiher, mostly a JV wrestler, trailed 10-0 to Zach Dodson in the second.
But just when it seemed like the Suns would be fortunate to give away just a major decision, Weiher reversed and scored a stunning pin in the third.
Sean, he is a scrapper, Hogg said. Hes tough even when hes down.
Del-Angel didnt waste any time getting a 30-second pin at 220.
Hanfords Jeff Weyand stemmed the bleeding with a 4-3 win over Luke Davidson at 285, but Southridge took off when the action wrapped around to the little guys.
Manny Casillas ended his 106-pound match in just 12 seconds, Trenton Nett got a first-period pin at 120 and Eli Romero an impressive 13-0 major at 126.
Those big decisions overwhelmed the team points Blake Llarenas scored for Hanford with his 8-2 win at 113.
By the time the Falcons got to their strength starting at 132, they were down 28-6 and needed to score some bonus points beyond straight decisions.
Ben Hoffner got a 9-0 major decision at 132 and David Zhai a 14-5 major at 152 for Hanford. But four straight wins netted just 14 teams points, so Kory Millers 5-0 decision for Southridge at 160 all but ended the Falcons chances with even matches in the final two bouts.
Those matches were split, with Southridges Andrew Collins topping Seth Gifford 4-0 at 170, and then the Bishop-Overholt battle.
Collins beating Gifford was big, Hogg said.
106Manny Casillas (S) p. Dylan Covert :12. 113Blake Llarenas (H) d. Clayton Detmer 8-2. 120Trenton Nett (S) p. Shane Breitenfeldt 1:44. 126Eli Romero (S) m.d. Isaac Leggett 13-0. 132Ben Hoffner (H) m.d. Danny Navarro 9-0. 138Brennan Rains (H) d. Lydon Reams 4-3. 145Michael Parkman (H) d. Jeremy Nelson 6-2. 152David Zhai (H) m.d. Servando Renteria 14-5. 160Kory Miller (S) d. Jeff Anheier 5-0. 170Andrew Collins (S) d. Seth Gifford 4-0. 182Will Bishop (H) d. Bryce Overholt 4-3. *195Sean Weiher (S) p. Zach Dodson 4:52. 220Kevin Del-Angel (S) p. Dallon Grinder :30. 285Jeff Weyand (H) d. Luke Davidson 4-3.