Wilsonville wrestling team falls to visiting Sandy
WILSONVILLE — It was a tough night for the Wildcats as Sandy defeated Wilsonville 48-36 in a dual meet on Thursday night.
The Pioneers gave up forfeits in the 106-pound and 113-pound bouts to start things off, but Kendall Martin would end up setting the tone for Sandy with her performance in the 120-pound match. Martin got the first of five Sandy pins on the night, putting Jaden Cao on his backside in the opening minute of the first round.
"Kendall really set the tone for us. We knew it would be a close dual because we had some guys in the lineup that we normally wouldn't have, so starting out with that fall was very critical," Sandy head coach Larry Topliff said.
Wilsonville would get their first fall of the night courtesy of Isaac Quesada in the following match, but fell behind on the scoreboard after giving up a pair of forfeits.
"We talked to our kids a lot about stepping on the mat and expecting to have success," Wilsonville head coach Jason Milham said. "I feel like we did that tonight. If you swing one of those matches the other way, it winds up being a tight dual…The forfeits really impacted us. Sandy is a really good team, so it was hard to come back from that."
One of the matches that could have ended up swinging one way or the other was the 160-pound bout between Sandy's Isaiah Draper-Rios and Wilsonville's Andrew Gay. Draper-Rios landed a takedown to bring Gay to the mat in the final 30 seconds of the first round. Gay battled to avoid the fall, but right as time expired, the ref awarded the pin to Draper-Rios.
There was some argument from the Wilsonville side, claiming that time had already ran out, but the official stuck with his original call.
Wilsonville's Perry Rodenbeck continued his winning ways, pinning Sandy's Kael Schilperoort at 2:17 of their match. Rodenbeck continues his march back to the state meet in dominant fashion.
The biggest match victory for Wilsonville came courtesy of freshman Tyson Resko, who took down Sandy senior Levi Rotzien in the 152-pound bout. Rotzien has already been to the state meet twice in his career, so getting the fall was a big confidence booster for Resko.
"I knew coming in that he was going to go to my upper body," Resko said about Rotzien. "I felt confident in what I was doing once I got that first takedown."
While Resko might have been viewed as an underdog by some, his coach wasn't at all surprised at what he saw from his star freshman.
"Sometimes in wrestling we talk about 'state-ready freshman. (Resko) is that kid," Milham said. "He's an experienced kid that believes he can win any time he steps on the mat."
One of Sandy's key falls came from Diaz de Leon in the 145-pound bout. After wrestling even with Wilsonville's Brandon Matthews in the first round, Diaz de Leon caught Matthews off guard to open up the second round and took him to the mat.
Wilsonville hosts Milwaukie on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Sandy's next dual meet is Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Hillsboro starting at 7 p.m.