Having lost seven contributing seniors, including four Sonoma County League champions and North Coast Section medalists, with one state qualifier, to graduation in the spring, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity wrestlers will be challenged to defend their SCL title with an incomplete lineup in every 2014 match.

In Wednesday’s SCL dual-match season opener in Golton Hall, the defending champion Dragons, with only nine grapplers competing, had to forfeit five weight classes, giving longtime rival Healdsburg 30 points up front.

Unfortunately, those forfeited points made the difference for the visiting Greyhounds, who dropped five of the nine bouts which took place, including one-sided losses to Sonoma's standout senior co-captains Harris Meglen and Max Schimm, but managed to escape the Valley with a 51-29 win.

Pacing the Dragons were Meglen’s second-round pinning of Prasad at 126 pounds; Schimm’s 19-7 major-win over Herrguth at 152; sophomore Dalton Elster’s first-round pin-win over Vazquez in the heavyweight division; junior Jake Randuch's win by way of a first-round pin over Madrigal at 138; junior Jack Biaggi's first-round pinning of Henderson at 182; freshman Noah Bartolome’s 5-4 nipping by Anguiano at 145; sophomore Brandon Ruiz’s first-round pin-defeat by Sloma at 170; sophomore Austin Beltran’s loss by way of a first-round pin by Doran at 195; and frosh Jackson Goertzen’s first-round pin-loss to Nunez at 132.

Sonoma, coached by Kyle Baird, Deets Winslow and Eddie Hernandez, had two junior varsity wrestlers compete, with sophomore David Price winning by way of a pin at 145 pounds, and frosh Victor Vazquez losing at 126.

The Dragons next host El Molino in an SCL dual-match at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Golton Hall.