WRESTLING: Southridge pins Hanford

Tri-City HeraldJanuary 10, 2013 

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 Southridge’s 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 he’s in perhaps the toughest weight in the Mid-Col. “I don’t care who’s out there.”

Weiher’s 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. “He’s tough even when he’s down.”

Del-Angel didn’t waste any time getting a 30-second pin at 220.

Hanford’s 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 Miller’s 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 Southridge’s Andrew Collins topping Seth Gifford 4-0 at 170, and then the Bishop-Overholt battle.

“Collins beating Gifford was big,” Hogg said.

106—Manny Casillas (S) p. Dylan Covert :12. 113—Blake Llarenas (H) d. Clayton Detmer 8-2. 120—Trenton Nett (S) p. Shane Breitenfeldt 1:44. 126—Eli Romero (S) m.d. Isaac Leggett 13-0. 132—Ben Hoffner (H) m.d. Danny Navarro 9-0. 138—Brennan Rains (H) d. Lydon Reams 4-3. 145—Michael Parkman (H) d. Jeremy Nelson 6-2. 152—David Zhai (H) m.d. Servando Renteria 14-5. 160—Kory Miller (S) d. Jeff Anheier 5-0. 170—Andrew Collins (S) d. Seth Gifford 4-0. 182—Will Bishop (H) d. Bryce Overholt 4-3. *195—Sean Weiher (S) p. Zach Dodson 4:52. 220—Kevin Del-Angel (S) p. Dallon Grinder :30. 285—Jeff Weyand (H) d. Luke Davidson 4-3.

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