Boys wrestling: Montgomery overcomes forfeits to beat Carrillo

Maria Carrillo's Evan Bluestone, right, and Montgomery's Justin Arrhus flip head over heels as they wrestle in the 138-pound division during Wednesday night's meet. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Evan Bluestone, right, and Montgomery’s Justin Arrhus flip head over heels as they wrestle in the 138-pound division during Wednesday night’s meet. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Montgomery coach Alex Duerr did the math and then addressed his team prior to Wednesday night’s NBL opener against visiting Maria Carrillo.

“I told them we’re going to forfeit three positions which means the only way we’re going to win this thing is to win most of our matches by pins.”

The Vikings did just that as each of the seven matches they won were by pins.

The extra points earned for recording a pin more than made up for the three forfeits and Montgomery won the match 42-31.

“The guys did what they needed to do,” a smiling Duerr said afterward. “They knew even if most of them won by decision, we still could lose the match because of the forfeits.”

The Vikings didn’t have wrestlers for the 195, 220 and heavyweight divisions, so Joe Cusenza, Montana Pawak and Alexis Becerra were given automatic wins.

Jake Forgy recorded the second fastest pin for the Vikings in the 170-pound division. He took Josh Groesbeck out in 39 seconds.

Only Anthony Bautista, at 160 pounds, had a shorter night as he took down Ben Evans in 28 seconds.

“I was able to get him in a collar tie and then got a snap down,” Forgy explained. “I had him around the head and then held him down for the pin.”

While Forgy and Bautista made quick work of their opponents, David Reeves got his pin with 14 seconds remaining in the match.

For Reeves, the victory over Travis Wilson at 145 pounds was sweet revenge.

“Last year against him, I was ahead on points, 6-2, in the third period,” he said. “Then I got tired and he pinned me.

“A couple of guys wrestling before me got pins and that really pumped me up.”

Reeves’ job was difficult because he was giving away four inches to his taller opponent.

“You have to stay in close with a tall and lengthy guy like Wilson,” Reeves said. “If he can use his legs, he could’ve cradled me and taken me down.”

Also recording pins for Montgomery were Raj Walker, Denny Layden, Julian Jensen and Colton Silvers.

Carrillo coach Tim Bruce didn’t make excuses for his team.

“We got a good old-fashioned butt kicking,” he said. “We’re a lot better than we showed. Most of the guys didn’t show up to wrestle. They’re capable of much better.”

The only Pumas to win were Jesse Delgado, Evan Bluestone and Sam Becerra.

 

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