In the first-ever dual mat meeting in Juneau between the cross-town rival grapplers of Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas, it was all Falcons, 70-24, against the undermanned Crimson Bears.
JDHS had just six wrestlers and had to forfeit six matches, while there were double forfeits in the 103- and 130-pound weight classes.
"We were pretty sure we knew what we were getting with all the forfeits," TMHS coach Chad Requa said. "I just wanted to make sure we won the matches that we wrestled, and we did a really good job. We only lost two head to head, so it worked out pretty well.
"We're a young team, obviously, and Juneau is rebuilding," he continued. "Imagine what we would be if we were all one team. They have some studs over there. It's good to be able to get out there and get a win but at the same time, we'd like to be able to get a win against a full team. I'm sure they'll do the recruiting things and get some more kids because the forfeits are what killed them."
Thunder Mountain's Wilson Suzuki, at 119 pounds, rolled to a 14-0 win over Shad Rudduck in the night's first match, nearly scoring a 15-0, technical fall victory. Suzuki dominated the match and had Rudduck on the defensive throughout.
"I'm a pretty aggressive wrestler, and I was in control the whole time," Suzuki said of his flawless victory. "I was kind of going for a tech so I could get some more mat time."
145-pounder Randy Segelhorst scored a pinfall victory for JDHS over James Gilchrist after taking an 8-1 lead after one period. Segelhorst scored a near fall with a half nelson before sealing the deal with just 16 seconds to go in the second period.
"I just tried to put the half (nelson) in, and I saw I could stack him up so I just hooked one of his legs and got the half in," Segelhorst said. "The last minute, I just stuck him on his shoulders. It's probably some of the best wrestling I've done all through high school."
The night's most hotly-contested matchup came at 152 pounds, where the Falcons' David Steineger scored a pinfall victory over Alex Barto with just 10 seconds remaining. Steineger led 4-3 after one period, and 6-4 after two before pulling head 10-5 and scoring the win with a head and arm pinning combination.
"It was a really close match, and I lost to him the last time we wrestled," Steineger said. "I learned a lot of new stuff, I saw an opportunity and I took it."
"That was one of those matches that was on the bubble, and he did a great job of getting the pin," Requa said afterward. "We thought that could go either way and to get a pin is really impressive, and he was ahead at the time. That was a stand-out performance for him, and it was good match."
Sam Cordero returned the favor at 160 for Juneau-Douglas with a quick pinfall victory over Brian Koenig. Cordero scored the pin with eight seconds to go in the first period.
JDHS coach Ron Horton was pleased with what he saw from Segelhorst and Cordero.
"I've got a few first-year wrestlers out there tonight, but Randy Segelhorst and Sam Cordero have a lot of experience," he said. "They've been wrestling for a number of years and they're both very good, very talented wrestlers."
"Their 145, Segelhorst, and their 160, Cordero, I would not be surprised to see them on the state podium," he said. "Those guys are tough, but we still didn't back down and we wrestled them tough, which is all we can ask of our guys - to give it everything they've got."
Luke Swiger won the 171-pound match over JDHS's Devin Drones with a second-period pinfall, and then Cameron Fronimos patiently bided his time, waiting for an opening, which he got with just seconds left in the first period. Fronimos pinned the Bears' Derrick Swanson for the victory.
"Cameron's been a good story for us all year long," Requa said. "He's wrestled a couple of wrestlers that are ranked pretty high in the state, and he beat them both with a couple of sound decisions. He's really one of those guys that's not flashy; he's patient and he knows when to take his opportunities. And when there's a chance, he scores.
"I expect to see a state medal for him this year."
Seniors from both schools were honored after the matches. For JDHS, Segelhorst, Cordero, Swanson, Barto and manager Autumn McMichael took a bow. Koenig, Jones and Sabrina Storey were recognized from TMHS.
103 - Forfeit-forfeit.
112 - Thomas Riley, Thunder Mountain, by forfeit.
119 - Wilson Suzuki, Thunder Mountain, def. Shad Rudduck, Juneau-Douglas, 14-0.
125 - Nicole Nicholson, Thunder Mountain, by forfeit.
130 - Forfeit-forfeit.
135 - Derick Steinman, Thunder Mountain, by forfeit.
140 - Anthony Thingvall, Thunder Mountain, by forfeit.
145 - Randy Segelhorst, Juneau-Douglas, def. James Gilchrist, Thunder Mountain, by pinfall.
152 - David Steineger, Thunder Mountain, def. Alex Barto, Juneau-Douglas, by pinfall.
160 - Sam Cordero, Juneau-Douglas, def. Brian Koenig, Thunder Mountain, by pinfall.
171 - Luke Swiger, Thunder Mountain, def. Devin Drones, Juneau-Douglas, by pinfall.
189 - Cameron Fronimos, Thunder Mountain, def. Derrick Swanson, Juneau-Douglas, by pinfall.
215 - Jorge Vasquez, Thunder Mountain, by forfeit.
HVY - Gary Speck, Thunder Mountain, by forfeit.
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