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Scots run away with easy win

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Lionel Cruz of David Douglas tries to twist Greshams Austin Taylor to the mat at 113 pounds Wednesday night. Cruz won the bout by a 17-12 decision.

PORTLAND — The David Douglas wrestling team flexed its muscles Wednesday night, showing why it is the class of the Mount Hood Conference with a 64-6 win over Gresham.

The teams split the first four lightweight bouts before the Scots ran off 10 straight wins to claim the 64-6 dual victory.

Jeremiah Baker got the win streak started with a hard-fought 7-3 victory over Gresham’s David Nelson at 132 pounds.

The wrestlers traded the lead twice before Baker went in front to stay by scoring a takedown with :08 on the clock in the second round. He added an early escape point in the third period, followed with a clinching takedown, going low to knock out Nelson’s legs with 1:10 to go.

“I just kept constant pressure and stayed calm,” Baker said. “There’s no room for panic in a match like that — if you panic, you get scored on.”

Nelson kept battling to the final whistle, but Baker kept him flat to his belly on the edge of the mat not leaving his opponent much space to mount a threat.

“This was my last time wrestling in this gym, and I wanted to be sure I could look back on it and have a good memory,” Baker said.

Baker’s decision put the Scots up 12-6 early in the night, and the flow of nine straight victories to follow quickly put the team score out of reach.

Look for expanded dual coverage in the Friday, Jan. 18, print edition.

View a photo gallery from the dual at ...

http://daveball.exposuremanager.com/g/jan16gre-dd_wrestling



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