Wrestlers put wraps on Petaluma
Senior-led Dragons take 3rd-straight SCL dual
Junior Max Schimm (top) sets up a third-round pin-win in helping lead the Dragons to an SCL dual victory over Petaluma Tuesday night in Golton Hall.
With five solid senior efforts leading the way in their quest for a third straight Sonoma County League dual-match win, Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity wrestlers put on a convincing show of talent and determination that didn’t disappoint an appreciative home-town crowd.
Hosting one of their longest rivals Tuesday evening in Golton Hall, the Dragons methodically dismantled Petaluma en route to racking up an impressive 49-23 victory.
The Dragon grapplers were back in SCL dual action yesterday when they hosted Piner – results not available at presstime – in their home finale.
Before last night’s match, Sonoma honored its eight seniors – co-captains Sam Denning, Aidan Lacy and Giordi Serafini, along with Jonny Amandoli, Sebastian Amara, Peter Gray, Alex Ohan and Jose Vazquez – and their parents.
In defeating Petaluma, the Dragons were led, in order of their wins at much-higher weight classes than they usually compete at, by Serafini’s hard-fought, on-the-edge-of-a-pin, 11-9 triumph over Pruett at 140 pounds; Denning’s 17-2 technical-fall victory over Machado at 146; junior co-captain Max Schimm’s third-round pinning of DeCarli at 160; Amandoli’s first-round pin-win over Larsen at 197; Lacy’s first-round pinning of Pacheco at 222; Gray’s second-round win by way of the pin over Sullivan at 115; and juniors Chris Lohnes’ and Harris Meglin’s forfeit victories at 108 and 122, respectively.
Sustaining Sonoma’s losses were Amara’s 7-5 edging by Saxton at 154 pounds; Ohan’s second-round pinning by Watters at 172; and sophomore Jake Randuch’s second-round pin defeat to Hartlieb at 128.
The varsity Dragons will wrestle in the Lou Encalada Invitational at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 26, before they travel to Santa Rosa for an SCL dual with Elsie Allen this Wednesday, Jan. 30.