Grapplers pluck undefeated Eagles win 1-A Sunrise League

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Bulldog Juan Dominguez wrestling at 120 Lbs. easily pinned his Eagle opponent in 1:17 of the first round. Dominguez hopes to repeat as state championship in his class. Photo by Lou Martin

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Bulldog Jacob Baird wrestling at 113 Lbs. won on points 5-1 against a defensive Eagle wrestler. Baird is a returning state champion. Photo by Lou Martin

The Virgin Valley High School wrestling squad continued their dominance in 1-A Division dual meets dropping the undefeated Boulder High School Eagles 42-33. The Bulldogs have not lost a dual meet in three years. The Dawgs jumped out to an insurmountable 42-6 lead winning the first eight weight classes contested. The Bulldogs won six classes by fall and two on points. The Eagles meanwhile won two matches by fall, one by points and three by forfeit for their 33 points. Seniors were honored prior to the match. Ty Smith, wrestling at 106 Lbs., got the huge crowd roaring pinning his opponent in 1:06 of the first round.

Last year’s state champion at 106 Lbs. Jacob Baird won his match at 113 Lbs. on points 5-1. Juan Dominguez looks ready to defend his 120 Lbs. class defeating his opponent on a fall in 1:17 minutes. Wrestling at 126 Lbs. Cash Crandall brought a deafening roar from the crowd, in the competitive match of the night, winning 3-2 on points. Domingo Ramirez continued the Bulldog juggernaut pinning his opponent in the 132 Lbs. class in a quick, 40 seconds. Bulldog 138 Lb. wrestler Cresent Crandall, trailing 10-6 in points, shocked the Eagle fans pinning his opponent with 34 seconds remaining with a huge move to end the match. Raphael DeSantiago pinned his opponent in 2:36 minutes in the 145 Lb. weight class. Brock Smith would end the Bulldog onslaught pinning his 160 Lb. opponent in 46 seconds. Bulldog freshman Dayden Payne and sophomore Cache Burnside were pinned in their matches and senior Hector Garcia wrestling at 285 Lbs. lost in the last seconds on points. A technical foul on Garcia was pivotal in the Eagle win.

“It was a good win for us, but we let two matches get away,” said Bulldog Coach Skyler Woods. “We wrestled our way, pushing the pace to keep them off balance. I’m proud of my kids, I have been with these seniors since their six and seventh grades. We’re in a perfect spot going into zone.” The Bulldogs travel to Boulder City next Friday to compete in Division 1-A Zone South championships.

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