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Weston Ranch rolls with pair of easy wins

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Weston Ranch's Grant Mar gets Sierra's Ulysses Knapps in position for the pin during the Cougars' VOL win over the Timberwolves Wednesday.


POSTED January 28, 2010 2:57 a.m.
WESTON RANCH – With the Sonora Wildcats heading home after their second loss in as many matches, the Weston Ranch Cougars began its one-sided work against Sierra High Wednesday during Valley Oak League double-dual match wrestling.

The Cougars rolled through Sonora 51-29 and then handled Sierra 55-24 to improve to 6-2 in league action and 16-3 overall. Weston Ranch found little resistance from either squad, jumping out on the Timberwolves 33-6 in the first seven matches.

“Well wrestled well against Sonora and Sierra,” Weston Ranch head coach Pat King said. “We gave Sierra a forfeit, which we never like to do, but they wrestled well. To me, I though the best wrestler of the night was (Austin) Soto. He impressed me a lot. He was good last year as a freshman, but he is really turning the corner this season.”

The Timberwolves experienced some success against a rebuilding Sonora program, taking care of the Wildcats with 41-33 to open the dual-match action.

Weston Ranch received standout matches from its usual leaders, getting pins from Grant Mar, Michael Sailsbery and Travis Bowen against Sierra. The Timberwolves’ only bright spots came on a third round pin from Austin Soto (135-lb) and an effortless first round pin from Alex Nuanez.

Soto, Nuanez and Jose Cortez were the only Timberwolves to register pins against Weston Ranch, but got tough matches from Ray Widmer and Aiden Foster in losing efforts.

Mar, Bowen and Sailsberry all earned pins in both matches, building their momentum heading into the most important part of each of their seasons.

“For Weston Ranch, Travis Bowen, Grant Mar, Michael Sailsberry and Chris Contreas those four kids have put in the time and it really shows,” King said of his squads’ leaders. “They’re into tournaments together, they work out together, they hang together, and they are always together so we named them the ‘Pack.

“They all wrestled hard tonight, so I was pleased with those guys.”

The Cougars will have to continue to get better with each moment on the mat, if plans on pulling wrestlers onto the CIF State stage are going to become a reality.

“We are nowhere near where we need to be in the next few weeks,” King said. “But I really feel we are on our way to getting there.”
Weston Ranch will get more mat time this weekend when they travel to the bay area for the Marin Catholic Individual Tournament.
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