The Pioneers pull out the 36-33 victory in a match thst came down to the wire on Wednesday.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy's Colby Giltner (right) prepares to take down his opponent in the 132-pound bout.

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SANDY — In the week prior, Sandy head coach Larry Topliff deemed Wednesday's dual meet against Milwaukie as "the most challenging of the season." That's a big deal considering that this Sandy program has only lost two dual meets in the last eight years.

In the end, it came down to heavyweight bout between Sandy's Iosefa Polamalu and Milwaukie's Daniel Berezhinskiy With everything on the line, Polamalu, who was the state runner-up in the 285-pound division last year, didn't let his team down.

Polamalu would end up winning by a 4-2 decision, giving the Pioneers a much-needed three points and the 36-33 match victory.

"We knew this was going to be a tough one," Topliff said. "The thing I love about this team is that they always find a way to get it done. That was the case tonight…We did what we needed to do to pull of the W."

One of the things that puts Sandy at a disadvantage in dual meets this season is that they are without athletes that compete at the 106 and 120-pound weight divisions, so the Pioneers are always playing catchup to start things off. But if one thing is for sure about this Sandy team. it's that they are a resilient group.

"I knew it was going to be close. Sandy spotted us 12 points at the beginning, but they're a really deep team and some of their best kids were matched up against some of our best kids," Milwaukie head coach Brian Durhkoop said. "I think on any given day, either one of us could beat the other one, but right now Sandy still belongs on top, so we've got some work to do."

In the first dual meet of her career, Sandy's Kendall Martin pulled off a 9-7 decision in the 126-pound bout against Jaden South, putting the Pioneers on the board.

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