NBL wrestling: Windsor at the top

Windsor's Noah Au-Yeung, right, defeated Cardinal Newman's Kyle Smith in the 128-pound weight class during the match held at Cardinal Newman, Wednesday, Jan.  28, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Windsor’s Noah Au-Yeung, right, defeated Cardinal Newman’s Kyle Smith in the 128-pound weight class during the match held at Cardinal Newman, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Windsor’s wrestling team took a giant step toward capturing the NBL title Wednesday night as the visiting Jaguars knocked off previously unbeaten Cardinal Newman, 59-18.

Windsor is now the only undefeated team in the league because Casa Grande gave Ukiah its first loss, 42-33, also on Wednesday.

With two matches remaining, the Jaguars (5-0) hold a one-match lead on both Ukiah and Cardinal Newman.

“I’m so proud of our guys and not just because they beat Newman,” coach Rich Carnation said. “Over half the team is sick or just getting over being sick.

“Even though they’re not feeling well, each and every one of them wrestled with great enthusiasm and purpose.”

The athlete that had Carnation extra elated was Connor Brown, a 12-6 winner over Joe Bone in the 122-pound match.

“He’s a freshman that’s learning fast,” Carnation said. “He was awesome and needed to be, as Bone is solid. Connor has put in a lot of work and it’s great to see it paying off.”

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The Jaguars won 11 of the 14 matches, three of those by default.

Among those scoring pins were Brandon Potts (108 pounds), Austin Wilson (115) and Joe Valdes (184).

In addition to Brown, other Windsor wrestlers who went the distance and won were Noah Au-Yeung (128), Luke Au-Yeung (140), Dominic DuCharme (154) and Kevin Cummings (287).

Picking up forfeits were Beau Columbini (162), Eduardo Mora (172) and Anthony Spallino (222).

Michael Klee, Newman’s best wrestler, also won by default. That was at 147.

The Cardinals’ two wins were by Riley Formway (197) and Jake Butler (134).

Formway pinned Kevin Correa in 2:36 and Butler handled Ethan King in 5:02.

“Formway and Butler stood out for us,” Newman coach Francisco Manriquez said.

“It’s no disgrace losing to Windsor; they’re tough up and down their lineup. They were favored to win the match.

“We’re a young team. This year is a stepping stone. We’re looking long term to build a winning program and I’m happy where we are right now.”