By Bill Tamburrino
Bulldogs return from tourneys with medals
A big crowd turned out for wrestling’s Senior Night in the Dawg House, but Torrey Pines didn’t. It is ironic that a school with such a fine athletic tradition can’t field a full wrestling team.
Torrey Pines could only field seven wrestlers out of 14 weight classes and only managed to win one bout as the Bulldogs prevailed 71-4 in a Palomar League match.
Martin Dowers (113) ensured a win for the Dawgs as he pinned Conor Casey in 2:08 in the first bout of the match. The 6 points for the fall guaranteed the Dawgs a win.
Beau Bailey and Zach Lane each received 6 team points as the Falcons forfeited the 120 and 126 bouts.
Kevin Conroy recorded a major decision over Parker Sullivan in the 132 bout, and it was 22-0 Dawgs.
Ray Lemon (138) pinned Hyland Stangl in 5:32, and Isaiah Ilich followed suit with a pin over Christian Navigato in 5:18, and the Dawgs led 34-0.
Bryan Coane lost a major decision to Luke Maffett as Torrey Pines scored its only points of the match.
Jacob Grybow then recorded a lightning fast pin in 53 seconds over Michael Morita in the 160 bout. Devin Rhodes and Robert Hill received forfeit wins in the 170 and 182 bouts.
Josh Allen (195) turned in the fastest pin of the match as he beat Martin Suaste in 31 seconds in what was the final bout of the evening .
Zach Berg and Jureall Simmons then took the final 12 points of the match by winning forfeits at 220 and 285 to make the final score 71-4.
Co-head Coach Dwayne Guile was subdued after the match.
“It is disappointing that so many of our seniors didn’t get a chance to compete on Senior Night,” he said. “Our community supports us so well and we only got to wrestle seven bouts.”
In other wrestling action, the Bulldogs took fourth place at the Holtville Rotary Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Allen won a gold medal by taking first place in the 195-pound class.
Conroy (132), Berg (220) and Devin Rhodes (170) all brought home medals for fourth place. Ilich (140) won a fifth place medal and Vince Adair (106) got a sixth place medal.
The freshman team took second place in the Southern California Frosh Championships at La Costa Canyon High School. Troy Jordan (135) is the first RHS frosh to win a gold medal at the event, according to Coach Steve Koch.
Austin Koch (172) won a silver medal for second place. Brandon Gansch (140), Garrett Binkley (125), Trevor Johnson (182), Dallas Domnitz (220) and Amado Macias (195) all won bronze medals for finishing in third.