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Tigers roll over opponent

BRYCE EVANS
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FARMER’S KORNER – The reason that Summit sophomore Gregorio Munoz prefers wrestling to other sports is pretty simple.

“In other sports, you might not get enough playing time,” he said. “In wrestling, it’s a tough sport and you get to wrestle a lot.”

And Thursday, in his team’s dual match against Clear Creek at home, Munoz certainly got his fair share of time on the mat.

Battling back and forth with his opponent for the first five and a half minutes, Munoz grabbed the Clear Creek wrestler by the legs and slammed him, hard into the ground. The takedown with 18 seconds left earned him two points and a dramatic 7-6 win in the match.

The points also helped the Tigers win their first dual match of the season by a final score of 45-30.

“It feels good,” Munoz said of the win. ” … I think we did really well.”

Most of the points in the meet were decided my forfeit, but in the five matches that were officially contested, Summit won three.

“We made a couple mistakes, but overall, it was really good,” SHS head coach Mark Wall said of his team. “It was a very good night for everyone.”

Summit’s other two wins in the meet weren’t quite as exhausting as Munoz’s.

Senior Nate Roe took only 18 seconds to pin his opponent in a match at 152 pounds.

“I just kind of tripped him and did what I could,” Roe said of the win, noting that it’s nice to finish off a match quickly. “It definitely saves a lot of energy.”

The third Summit win came from junior Devon Emerson, who, at 112 pounds, dominated his match. Emerson had four takedowns and wound up finishing it off with a pin.

Emerson’s night wasn’t done, though, as he also wrestled an exhibition match. Although it certainly wasn’t a pointless bout. Last weekend, Emerson had to forfeit a match to a Clear Creek wrestler because he’d already wrestled his limit of matches for a day. Thursday, he got to face the same kid and won easily.

“That was a big win for him,” Wall said. “Even though it was an exhibition, it was still good that he came out and took it to him.”

Also winning an exhibition match on the night was senior Jahan Rafie. Rafie closed out his 185-pound match with a pin.

“It’s good that he got a good win. … He’s a real hard worker for us,” Wall said.

The Tigers now have some time off before heading to the West Grand Invitational on Dec. 19.

Wall’s eager for his team to get back in action.

“Once we get into those small tournaments, I think we’ll do well,” the coach said. “I’m really excited for them.”


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