Joseph Mercado wins a 10-5 decision at 195 pounds, while Reynolds also wins three forfeits

PAMPLIN MEDIA: JIM BESEDA - Reynolds Joseph Mercado (right) defeated Clackamas Dom Chimenti 10-5 at 195 pounds in Thursdays dual meet at Clackamas.

Mount Hood Conference dual

Team Score
Clackamas Cavaliers (1-0)
Reynolds Raiders (0-2)

The Reynolds wrestling team picked up three forfeit wins, but would claim only one of the nine contested bouts during a 48-21 dual loss to Clackamas last Thursday.

"I expected a few of our guys to have some tough matches in there just because they're younger, but some of our veterans made some mistakes that I wouldn't expect from them," Raiders coach Steve Paulson said. "All we can do is learn from it. We're just young, but that's a good problem to have. We'll be OK. By the end of the year, we'll be competing with these guys. Right now, we're just not there."

Joseph Mercado earned the Raiders' only win with a 10-5 decision at 195 pounds.

Reynolds had both Angelo Cordero and Mercado ready to wrestle at either 182 or 195, and when Clackamas forfeited at 182, the Raiders decided to give Cordero the free pass and then bumped Mercado up to 195 to face Dom Chimenti, last season's district champion at 170.

In the first round, Mercado scored the initial takedown, Chimenti answered with a reversal, and Mercado got an escape to take a 3-2 lead. Chimenti then scored an escape to open the second round, but Mercado got another takedown to make it 5-3.

In the third round, the scoring started with an escape and a takedown for Mercado, followed by an escape for Chimenti, another takedown for Mercado, his fourth of the match, secured the victory.

"For me, my takedowns are the strongest part of my wrestling," said Mercado, who improved to 9-1 with the win. "I'm happy with the result, but there's always room to improve, so I'm always looking to come back stronger."

Reynolds was without senior Dade Kimmel, who missed Thursday's dual to perform in the school's Winter Orchestra Concert, leaving the Raiders with a lineup that had four freshmen, seven sophomores, two juniors, and one senior.

"In the lower weights, we've got a lot of freshmen, and without a middle school program, these kids are coming in green," Paulson said. "It's just going to take some time for some of them to figure some things out. As much as I don't like losing, and nobody likes losing, this is just a dual and it means nothing come the end of the year. These are warm-up matches for district and that's how we approach things in the room."

The win marked the league opener for Clackamas, which quickly made up for giving away three forfeits by collecting pins in the first four contested weight classes.

"I felt if we gave up the forfeits and wrestled well, we still had a pretty good shot to win," Cavs' coach Jayson Wullbrandt said. "But when you're spotting someone 18 points, if one or two matches don't go your way, then it might be hard to recover from that. With some of the younger kids, you've never quite sure how they're going to respond, but it was all good."

Clackamas 48, Reynolds 21

106 -- Kenny Vang, RHS, won by forfeit

113 -- Jackson Wilcoxen, CHS, won by fall 3:29

120 -- Jaxon Palmer, CHS, won by fall 1:27

126 -- Alejandro Wilson-Menjivar, CHS, won by fall 2:27

132 -- C.J. Bray, CHS, won by forfeit

138 -- Andrew Talavera, CHS, won by won by fall 1:48

145 -- Double forfeit

152 -- Johnny Ryan, CHS, won 8-4

160 -- Ethan Edgerly, CHS, won 10-4

170 -- Danny Pacheco, CHS, won by fall 1:19

182 -- Angelo Cordero, RHS, won by forfeit

195 -- Joseph Mercado, RHS, won 10-5

220 -- Cory Ewry, CHS, won by fall 1:09

285 -- Jacob Ross, RHS, won by forfeit?

This story is slated for our Tuesday, Dec. 18, print edition.

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