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Dragon wrestlers open in Golton

The Dragon wrestlers warm up before last Thursday evening’s 2013-14 season opener in Golton Hall. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

The Dragon wrestlers warm up before last Thursday evening’s 2013-14 season opener in Golton Hall. Steven Serafini/Index-Tribune

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Opening their 2013-14 schedule with a nonleague, nonscored tri-meet, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity wrestlers hosted Justin-Siena of Napa and the Valley’s Archbishop Hanna High School last Thursday night in Golton Hall.

With a mix of bouts involving grapplers from all three teams, the Dragons won a majority of their matches, with the Hanna Hawks, who are only in their third year of having a wrestling program, fielding their largest squad yet, making a good showing.

In the wake of losing seven contributing seniors, including four Sonoma County League champions and North Coast Section medalists, with one state qualifier, to graduation, the Dragons will have to defend their SCL title with an incomplete lineup of only 12 wrestlers.

But current seniors and four-year varsity standouts Harris Meglen and Max Schimm anchor a young team with enthusiasm and talent, which will be up to the challenge assisting Sonoma in overcoming multiple dual-match forfitures and contend to repeat as league champs.

Sonoma’s varsity wrestlers – coached by Kyle Baird, Deets Winslow and Eddie Hernandez – consist of seniors Meglin and Schimm; juniors Jack Biaggi, Jacob Little and Jake Randuch; sophomores Dalton Elster – an NCS heavyweight qualifier as a freshman – Austin Beltran, David Price and Brandon Ruiz; and frosh Noah Bartolome, Jackson Goertzen and Victor Vazquez.

The Dragons participated in the annual George Washington hosted Golden Gate Classic in San Francisco on Saturday – results not available at presstime – and will next compete in the Healdsburg Duals this Saturday, Dec. 21, followed by the Coast Classic in Aptos on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.

Sonoma will not host its annual Valley of the Moon Classic at the beginning of January because of the smaller team and the many logistics involved with putting on a big tournament.