By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
January 27, 2007
With the scuffle of wrestling shoes against the mat, and a body rolling over another the momentum changed. In the closing minutes of his match against Zack Keyes at 152 pounds, Bill Hunter got a point for a reversal, a point that allowed the senior wrestling in his final home conference dual meet to win his match and set up the Hood River Valley Eagles for a 37-24 win over Centennial in their final home dual meet of the year.
After getting three wins in the first four matches, including a major decision by Corey Miller and a first round pin by Alex Titus, the Eagles lost two straight matches as Centennial built a 21-13 lead.
After Aaron Mallon was defeated in a 6-4 decision on a takedown that came as the match buzzer sounded, Hunter was able to get the win for Hood River, and pull the Eagles to within two points at 24-22 with three of the strongest wrestlers still to come.
“That was a nice match by Bill, it was gutsy,” Hood River Coach Rich Polkinghorn said. “A huge part of the sport is knowing how to win.”
Following Hunter’s win, Justin Tolentino earned a technical fall victory over Centennial’s Tyler Hoecker to put Hood River back on top.
They never looked back from there as Joe Johnson quickly pinned Devin Fleming at 171 pounds 1:50 into the first round of their match to put Hood River up 33-24 and all but secure the win.
Lucas Mondragon closed out the match by defeating Centennial’s Antonio Gonzales at 189 pounds in a 10-3 decision to secure the victory.
Even though Centennial made the match close until the Eagles swept the final four matches, Polkinghorn felt confident from the get-go that his team could get the win.
“We knew they were going to be very tough with their lightweights but our guys did what we needed them to do,” he said. “We felt pretty confident.”
The senior night win snapped a two-meet conference losing skid and moves Hood River to 3-2 in conference dual meets on the year with one conference meet to go, next Thursday night in Barlow.
The Eagles will wrap up their regular season with the Hood River Invitation, Feb. 3, before districts begin Feb. 15.
“Right now we’re in the process of training for districts and getting as many people to state as we can,” Polkinghorn said.
The meet was also the final home conference contest for senior wrestlers Ben Eddy, Titus, Brandon Nakamura, John Phillips, Billy Cannon and Luke Schwartzel.
Corey Miller (HRV) def. Nick Bird Major
Alex Titus (HRV) def. Alex Nichols
Pin-1:08 1st round
Michael Peacock (Cent.) def. Olbie Schwatzel
Gage Morris (HRV) def. Kenney McKinney
Zack Murphy (Cent.) def. Julio Avila
Pin 1:49 2nd round
Kyle Wirkuty (Cent.) def. Brandon Nakamura
Pin-1:37 2nd round
Sean Baker (HRV) def. Colton Jones
Ben Eddy (HRV) def. James Schultz
Ricky McBee (Cent.) def. Aaron Mallon
Bill Hunter (HRV) def. Zack Keyes
Justin Tolentino (HRV) def. Tyler Hoecker
Technical Fall (18-3) :23 3rd round
Joe Johnson (HRV) def. Devin Flemming
Pin :49 1st round
Lucas Mondragon (HRV) def. Antonio Gonzales