East County Sports

Eagles pin loss on rival Norsemen

Granite Hills controls Valhalla on Wednesday night

2018 EAST COUNTY PREP WRESTLING

GRANITE HILLS 41, VALHALLA 29

By John Duran

EastCountySports.com

EL CAJON – The Pin Belt was in full display Wednesday night as the Granite Hills Eagles opened up league competition Wednesday night at home defeating the Valhalla Norsemen, 41-29.

Valhalla and Granite Hills in a match on Wednesday.

Pins were the difference in this match. All of the Eagles’ victories came via fall.

“Our big guys had a big night for us,” Eagles coach Jesse Sheard said. “When the pressure was on Skyler Hillberg (170), Jeremiah Satberry (182), Izak Arredondo (195), and Damian Hidalgo (220) came through and made a statement. I’m proud of how they performed under pressure.”

Everyone who gets a pin in a dual gets to sport the belt until their next match.

Bailey Christian, the 138-pounder for Granite Hills, showed a lot of heart, possibly saving the dual meet for his team. A minute into his match and his team losing four matches in a row, Christian split his lip in half, resulting in a lot of blood loss.

“He had the option to stop wrestling but instead stopped the blood and continued to go. He was determined to get the win and came through and got the pin,” coach Sheard said. “His pin was huge for us. He showed a lot of heart and leadership tonight. He made us coaches proud, and showed other wrestlers the determination needed for the sport.”

Leading 35-29 with one match to go, 220 pounder Damian Hidalgo sealed the victory for the Eagles with a pin.

It was a great night of wrestling in East County to open up league matches. The ambiance in El Cajon was what you would expect out of a league meet.

“Intense matches like this get the crowd going and everyone is involved,” coach Sheard said. “Valhalla did great preparing their guys to wrestle this week. They came out ready for war and brought it to us.

Results:

HWT Jacob Nunez W pin

108 Kailey Smith W pin

113 Josh Ryan L pin

120 Kaden Long L decision

126 Ryder Harris L pin

132 Justin Carroll L decision

138 Bailey Christian W pin

145 Bryce Christian L decision

152 Josh Runge L Major decision

160 Nicholas Devaux L major decision

170 Skyler Hillberg W pin

182 Jeremiah Satberry W pin

195 Izak Arredondo W pin

220 Damian Hidalgo W pin

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