Vista wrestling taken down by Union Mine

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Sports Correspondent
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In what many believed to be the matchup between the top two teams in the Sierra Valley Conference, the Vista del Lago wrestling team could not subdue the visiting Diamondbacks of Union Mine. The Eagles fell by a score of 46-30 and moved to 1-1 in the league. After the Diamondbacks scored a pin in the opening bout, junior Troy Grossi answered with his own pin in the second period at 145 to tie the score at six. Union Mine state qualifier Sean Tow (152) then secured a first-round pin to take a 12-6 lead. At 160 Jacob Sahagun was whistled for three straight blood timeouts in the second period. Once his nose was completely wrapped up with athletic tape around his head, he pinned Brian Craik to the mat within seconds of returning to even the score at 12. “The mummy match,” Vista coach Frank Richmond jokingly recalled. “(Sahagun) got wrapped up and came out and got it done.” Union Mine recorded two straight pins at the 170 and 182 levels before Vista freshman Brad Rittenhouse pinned Oscar Rodriguez with 34 seconds left in the second period to bring the Eagles back within one pin. In the following match, Clayton Wagner, down six points, scored a reversal on Robert Gonsales midway through the third and nearly pinned him before Gonsales regained control and held on for an 8-2 win. A pin would have brought the Eagles within three points of the lead. “We got pins when we could and we gave up a couple. That kind of cost us the match. Talent-wise, I thought they wrestled hard and with heart and I’m not disappointed one bit,” said Richmond. “We were the top two teams last year so we knew it was going be close again this year. I thought we only had one match that we could have won that we didn’t and the rest went the way I thought they would.” Vista won two of the final six bouts as junior Masters’ qualifiers Austin Rompel (106) and Daniel Rodriguez (132) each scored first period pins. “Our core guys and the ones that have been busting their butts in the offseason looked great and came up with pins. We were just a little too young in a couple other weight classes to get it done today,” said Richmond.