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Sandy racks up 72 points, while winning every weight class last week

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JONATHAN HOUSE - Sandys Mike Stiles works for a pin at 145 pounds against Mountain Wetzel of Milwaukie during the Pioneers 72-0 dual win Wednesday night.

MILWAUKIE — When Sandy wrestler Mike Priest strapped on his headgear and trotted onto the mat for the final match of the night, he had an inordinate amount of pressure riding on his shoulders. Yes, the Pioneers had long since clinched the team victory, but they were going for an unprecedented shutout. Every single Sandy wrestler had won, and Priest had the task of finishing the streak in the 285-pound match, while being sick and suffering a dislocated thumb.

Priest jumped out to an early lead with a couple takedowns in the first round. He extended his lead by taking Milwaukie’s Cameron Karsten down a few more times in Round 2.

On two occasions, Priest was on the verge of earning a pin, but Karsten broke free at the last second. Finally, with 30 seconds left in the second round, Priest secured the win by fall, allowing Sandy to blank the Mustangs 72-0.

“I did feel like I had to try a little harder,” Priest said. “It was my first win of the year and it feels amazing.”

The one match with the potential to go the Mustangs’ way was in the 220-pound division where Milwaukie’s Rene Ramos had a reasonable size advantage over Sandy’s Carlos Decker. The smaller Decker fended off Ramos for the first half of the match and gained a 4-3 lead.

Over the last three minutes nothing happened.

Both wrestlers sized each other up, but neither could grab a hold of the other, and the two remained on their feet for the rest of the match. As the second round was coming to a close, Ramos was cautioned for stalling. Halfway through the third round, both wrestlers were called for stalling.

Because it was the second violation on Ramos, Decker was awarded one point, making the score 5-3. That is how it ended.

“I know I was getting tired, so I just wanted to keep the score,” Decker said. “If he gave me a chance to pin, I would have taken it, but I didn’t have to.”

Aside from that match, the meet itself was far from competitive. In spite of their dominance, the Pioneers felt it was a good atmosphere and one that will prepare them for the balance of the season.

“It was very intense being in there,” Decker said. “I don’t know why, but the crowd seemed to be really into it, so that made it even more intense.”

Sandy picked up three forfeit wins on the weight ladder, and Mike Styles scored the night’s quickest pin, needing just 37 seconds to flatten his 145-pound opponent.

“Of the 5A teams we've seen this season, they're the best,” Milwaukie coach Robert Lippi said. “They're better than most of the 6A teams we've wrestled.”

Other Sandy winners:

106 pounds: Donavan Morrell (forfeit)

113 pounds: Kyle Grahn (9-6 decision)

120 pounds: Austin Miller (forfeit)

126 pounds: Jonathan Morrell (fall, 3:02)

132 pounds: Steven Patton (11-5 decision)

138 pounds: Brandon Mowery (fall, 0:54)

152 pounds: Tyler White (17-2 technical fall)

160 pounds: Chad Rund (forfeit)

170 pounds: Devin White (13-4 major decision)

182 pounds: Kyle Bateman (fall, 2:10)

195 pounds: Jeremy Funk (fall, 2:55)

220 pounds: Carlos Decker (5-3 decision)

285 pounds: Mike Priest (fall, 3:31)

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