Ranger grapplers earn gold, silver medals
By Misty Volaski
Nordhoff's newly reinstated wrestling
team is already making a name for itself, with three of the six
traveling wrestlers taking home hardware in the Calabasas Six-Way
Some teams didn't leave with a total of two medals for a full
squad, and only Oxnard's very highly competitive program (they
brought varsity and junior varsity squads) had a third of their
lineup net medals to match the Rangers in their productivity.
Still at the base of their learning curves were rookies Michael
Ring, Morgan Jerviss and Andrew Bryson. All made considerable
progress by just making it into the second round of most of their
matches. Sophomore Jerviss picked up a technical win with his
walk-over forfeit against Crespi.
On the mat, the Ring, Jerviss (both 189 pounds) and Bryson (275
pounds) combined for a 0-9 day.
Freshman bright spot Brandon Scheff was at 103 pounds for Calabasas,
and had two thrilling matches after falling to Coyote Corey Albaman.
Scheff battled the eventual junior varsity champion to a close
5-6 loss. As in his recent past, Scheff had this opponent flustered
with movement. Later, frustrated himself, Scheff decided the
take his disappointment out on Crespi's Justin Jones, who fell
victim to the newly founded Scheff scoring machine, 10-1, in
Scheff's first-ever wrestling win.
Freshman Shaun Hastie never has any problem making 103 pounds
and though he spotted nearly 10 pounds every time he stepped
on the mat Saturday, it was of little difference save for his
very first trip out on the Coyote mats: in a controversial bout,
Hastie fell short to Oxnard's Cesario, 4-6.
Hastie then proceeded to wipe the mats with the remaining varsity
103s: Crespi's Rolades and Calabasas's Guerrero. Add to that
the two forfeits from Newbury Park and Chaminade, and Hastie's
day was good enough for second and the silver medal.
Ben Foley continued his winning ways, and earned a gold in the
171-pound division. He polished off the day with a revenge match
against his oldest friend in wrestling, Crespi's Conrad Agaganian.
The two have been wrestling each other since they were 7 years
old and, said Nordhoff coach Geoff Foley.
Though Foley held the overall edge, Agaganian won a sweet victory
over Foley last year at Moorpark. Foley led 11-1 going into the
third period, and Agaganian rolled Foley onto his back for a
Foley took no chances Saturday and rode Agaganian for three solid
rounds and sliced and stacked Agaganian five different times
for count-outs, this time winning, 13-6.
Foley will try his luck at the Gold Coast Invitational at Camarillo
Saturday, and the whole squad will test their mettle at the Lompoc
Frosh/Soph Tournament on Jan. 3.
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