Sonoma Valley wrestles its way to a points loss against Casa Grande

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Looking forward to the annual Deets Winslow Tournament at Pfeiffer Gym coming up on Saturday, Jan. 10, the SVHS wrestling team has been competing against VVAL and non-league opponents in several matches over the past couple weeks, following the holiday layoff in late December.

On Jan. 2, they started the new year with a tough dual against Casa Grande, coming up short in points due in part to several weight-class forfeits. (The meet was originally scheduled to take place locally, but a hydrant was being replaced so no water was available at Pfeiffer Gym, and the meet was moved to the Casa Grande campus in Petaluma.)

The dual saw the return to the mat of last year’s All-State competitor Tyler Winslow, who missed the first several meets this year due to a football injury. Though he wrestles in the 222-pound class, there was no opponent at that weight so Winslow competed in the “heavyweight” class (285 pounds). Despite spotting his opponent, Casa’s Jack Ferris, 30 pounds, Winslow won on points 9-6.

Other winning Dragons included Macklyn Liss at 140, who defeated Joe McGuire on points, 16-10; Robert Greenslade (147) who pinned Anthony Soper; and Lawson Lee (162) who won a major decision (by 8 points or more) over Zack Bable, 14-3.

The dual started at the 154 class, when Greyson Geldert took Casa’s Ethan Falkenberg right to his back and was 5-0 up on points after just a minute, when his opponent injury defaulted.

“Greyson and Lawson are forming a mighty 1-2 punch, one we are looking forward to having for two more years,” said Coach Nico Saldana of the two sophomore athletes.

“Although we lost the dual, there were a lot of positives,” said Saldana. “Every one of them showed a lot of fight and improvement.”

Over the weekend the Dragon wrestlers competed in the Joe Rios Memorial Tournament in Chico. Liss and Hank Schoeningh both qualified for day two of the tourney, and Liss finished in the top 12 of 40 competitors.

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