Showing the intensity of an uncaged jungle cat, Wooster’s Ian Timmins showed why he is one of the top wrestlers on the west coast Wednesday night during a dual meet at Damonte Ranch High School.
A two-time state champion in the 113-pound weight class, the junior wrestled two matches on Wednesday, one that counted and another exhibition, and wowed the assembled crowd at Damonte Ranch High School. Timmins, wrestling at 120 pounds, overpowered Damonte freshman Cody Larkin in his first match of the night and followed up with an exhibition against Cameron Sandoval who outweighed Timmins by 12 pounds. Timmins was able to overpower Sandoval in the unofficial match and showed an immense amount of strength for his weight class.
The Damonte meet was just another day at work for the Wooster junior. On the season, Timmins has already racked up victories at the Sierra Nevada Classic and the Tim Brown Invitational in Sacramento, Calif. which is one of the bigger meets on the west coast.
According to first-year Wooster head coach Joe Brooks, the junior has been progressing at a steady pace during the course of this season.
“He started a little slow at the beginning of the season, but he has been picking it up and right now is the time to do it,” Brooks said. “He can do a lot of special things and build on where he’s been.”
Even if Timmins was the headliner of the duel, the Mustangs showed that they could be a force when the regional meet rolls around in February. While the 67-12 final score is somewhat misleading (the Mustangs won six matches by forfeit) Damonte Ranch still has some championship pedigree to its name.
As the reigning Sierra League champions, the Mustangs saw winning performances from state qualifiers Greg Ewert (113 lbs.) and Drake McAdow (182). Damonte Ranch also saw winning performances from Bryce Bell (106), Cameron Sandoval (132), Brenden Powning (136), Michael Solferino (152) and Derrick Stanton (160).
Fourth-year Damonte Ranch head coach Bumper Fleischmann was proud of the way the meet turned out, especially for his older athletes and also for his younger ones
“All my seniors got a win on senior night so you got to like that,” Fleischmann said.
However, the Mustangs received a major blow to their postseason chances during the Sierra Nevada Classic last month when senior Brock Simpson went down with a broken wrist. Nonetheless, Damonte Ranch has a plethora of talent that will permit it to match up with some of the tougher teams in Northern Nevada as they still have three qualifiers from the state tournament still on the team (Greg Ewert, McAdow and Tevin Bailey).
Both the Mustangs and Colts are in full swing towards the regional wrestling tournaments which will be held on Feb. 12-13. Damonte Ranch and Wooster will both be at the D-I Regional tournament at held at Spanish Springs High School.
106 pounds: Bryce Bell, Damonte Ranch
113: Ewert, Damonte Ranch (Forfeit)
120: Timmins, Wooster
126: Williams, Wooster
132: Sandoval, Damonte Ranch
138: Powning, Damonte Ranch
145: Thom, Damonte Ranch (Forfeit)
152: Solferino, Damonte Ranch
160: Stanton, Damonte Ranch
170: Knoblock, Damonte Ranch (Forfeit)
182: McAdow, Damonte Ranch
195: Garcia, Damonte Ranch (Forfeit)
220: Hunter, Damonte Ranch (Forfeit)
285: DeShane, Damonte Ranch (Forfeit)