Many Americans were hoping for a big payday Wednesday night, but the Spanish Springs wrestling team got paid with a win.
The Cougars rolled to a 55-22 win over Reno in Northern Division I wrestling Wednesday at Reno.
Spanish Springs senior Jacob Dye got a big win, and a little revenge, when he pinned Devyn Cox at 1:42 in the first round in a 160-pound match.
“There was a lot of intensity tonight,” Dye said. “It was my wanting to win. Us working hard in the practice room, it translates to this.
Cox had beaten Dye a couple weeks ago by pin in the Sierra Nevada Classic tournament.
The Cougars also got wins from Dustin Cogdon (132); Blake Boswell (145); Cole Drescher (152); Tim Fuller (170: Logan Klonicke (189); Casey Preston (220); Tyler Baratz (heavyweight); Jacob Ruiz (113); and Vinny Leon (126).
Boswell beat Cyrus Giovannetti by pin at :33 seconds in the first round.
“We knew it was going to be a good match,” Boswell said. “We just wanted to go out there and wrestle as best as we could. I just knew I had to come out aggressive.”
Cogdon got the night started with his 15-2 win over Matthew Barnard at 132 pounds.
“It was a scramble. It was tough,” Cogdon said. “There’s no such thing as being tired. Wednesday’s, we call it our pay day. This is what we work for all week. This is the fun part. This is our pay day.”
Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli, who said he is missing a couple wrestlers due to illness, had some others step up.
“We looked good. We didn’t try to force things. We just took what was given to us,” Imelli said. “There’s some areas we need to work on. Right now, the focus is on getting healthy.”
He said the team talks about working hard during practices in order to get paid on Wednesday’s and weekends.
Reno got wins from Connor Pearson (132); Andrew Berreyessa (195) and Francis Giovanetti (120), and Eric Lopez (106).
Reno coach Jeff Tomac said the Huskies did not show much heart and did not show up ready to wrestle.
“We were flat,” Tomac said. “I didn’t see a lot of heart from our kids. That’s got to come from them, we can’t coach that. They had a lot more heart than us.”
Spanish Springs has won three straight Regional titles and six of the last seven. Reno finished second last year at the Regionals.
The Cougars are experienced as they return six wrestlers who placed at last year’s Regional.
Tomac said the Huskies will be better over the final five weeks of the season.
“It’s not that we’re not good. We just didn’t do a lot of good things tonight,” he said. “They hit us right in the mouth. Everybody’s got a plan until they get hit in the mouth.”