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Mackey left hanging, Linder finishes perfect

Daniel Linder finished a perfect TVL campaign with a pin of Max Ortiz.

BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin


POSTED February 5, 2009 4:22 a.m.
RIPON – It was senior night Wednesday at Ripon High where the Indians welcomed Hughson for a final Trans Valley League dual before the wrestling postseason begins Feb. 14 with the TVL tournament.

Although Hughson won the match, 45-26, the focus was on Ripon seniors Ryan Mackey and Daniel Linder, who were celebrating the last home matches of their high school careers.

While Linder (125 pounds) collected a hard-fought third-round pin of Max Ortiz to finish his season perfect in TVL action, Mackey was left hanging on the mat as Hughson’s coaching staff decided at the last second to move Nick Shenewark (189) up a weight class to battle Christian Spence.

Although the forfeit was the ultimate sign of respect for Mackey, and an intelligent move for a coaching staff trying to pick up a win, the non-match was a disappointment nonetheless for one of the most celebrated wrestlers in Ripon High history.

“It was smart (on their part),” Mackey said. “I mean, I was upset, it was senior night, but I like their coach. I understood, it made me mad in the moment, but I got over it.

“I respect that they were trying to win.”

Mackey is 24-5 on the year and has struggled a bit recently while hovering between 189 and 171 pounds.

Although there was a debate over whether or not Mackey will wrestle the postseason at 189 pounds, Mackey said Wednesday he will head into the TVL tournament at 171 as originally planned.

Ultimately, Mackey hopes to place better than sixth at the state tournament which would make him the highest state finisher in school history.

Linder, meanwhile, says his goal is reach the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament.

Wednesday night at Ripon, Linder needed three periods to pin Ortiz after he came out of the gate a little too amped.

“I went out really pumped up, so I wasted a lot of energy and got tired really quick,” he said. “I heard my coaches screaming at me, so I was like, ‘I have to do this.’ A lot of my friends and family were watching, so I just had to pull through.

“Coach said to lock up a head-and-arm, so that’s what I did. I’m just glad that I pinned him in the end.”

Said Ripon head coach Glen White: “Linder was pretty excited, he went out a little hard and should have slowed it down a little bit. But he wrestled well.”

Spence did well to have Mackey’s back after Hughson pulled Shenewark up.

Ripon’s 215-pounder wrestled a technical masterpiece, outscoring the Husky, 17-2.

Trevor Daniel picked up Ripon’s only other on-mat victory, an 8-5 decision to close out the night’s action.
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