Embry-Riddle 21, Menlo 15
Date of competition: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Cascade Collegiate Conference
In a rare Sunday night dual, No. 9 Menlo College men's wrestling team hosted No. 6 Embry-Riddle (Arizona) in a clash of titans within the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The dual came down to the final match, at 165, with the Eagles winning to earn the dual meet victory, 21-15. The Oaks fall to 4-1 in dual action this season while the Eagles remain unbeaten.
The night began in favor of the Eagles, with Embry-Riddle taking three of the first four matches on the bout sheet. The dual began at 174, where No. 6 Daniel Butler got the ball rolling with a tech fall victory just before the final horn. No. 2 Anthony Orozco got the Oaks back in it with a 17-10 win over No. 17 Tyler Hall, in a match that Orozco trailed early. He was down 4-1 and was victim of a near fall, but adapted to record several takedowns as the match progressed. The Oaks dropped the next two bouts and trailed 11-3.
Breath of Fresh Air
The night turned for the Oaks in the 125 match with Riley Siason taking on No. 19 Joshua Nira of the Eagles. The match was tied at 2-2 in the third period, with Nira holding a riding time advantage that would give him an extra point. Siason hit the gas, scored a takedown and a four-point near fall, and had enough to win the match 8-2 and send the crowd into a state of elation. The match was even more special for Siason, as he had family, including his grandfather, in the stands.
Mikel Perales made his 2019 debut for the Oaks in the 133 match against Jayce Cunha. Perales was an All-American last season in the 125 class. He stepped on the gas in the third period as well. With the match tied 3-3, Perales suddenly found untapped strength and scored multiple take downs and a near fall. When the dust settled, he won 14-3 in the major decision, and fired up the crowd once again as the Oaks trailed 11-10.
Last Win of the Night
No. 8 Terrill Sidner picked up Menlo's last win of the night that put it in front for the first time. He defeated Berit Sturgeon via tech fall at 6:55 and a score of 19-2. Sidner, who won the 149 bracket during the Menlo Invitational, gave the Oaks a 15-14 team score lead with two matches left.
The Oaks fly to Marshall, Missouri for the annual Missouri Valley Open on Friday. The two-day event wraps up Saturday and is the second-to-last tournament for the Oaks before the CCC Championships in the middle of February.
posted by Rick Eymer on Jan 13, 2019 at 9:51 pm
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