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Crater uses an aggressive approach to hunt down cavemen

Being a wrestler for the Crater Comets this season was no easy task.

Let’s be honest, we’re rarely given just how hard Greg Harga’s army tends to work, but the payoff is always worth the pain.

But with no gyms to work out in until the Crater High gymnasium is built on Monday, the Comets have had to be more resourceful during the 2022-23 season.

“We practiced in a tent in the parking lot until Monday,” Crater head coach Greg Haga said. It was great to be back, and it was great to be back (Wednesday night) wrestling in our gym.”

After dealing with a situation that only helped build the Comets’ toughness and character, they came out Wednesday with a heavy attack to visit Grants Pass and set the stage for a 45-27 win. Did.

“That was just a little bit of our focus,” Haga said of scoring early points and jumping in as many matches as possible against the Cavemen. We knew the count was down a bit with the players injured and we were a little bit down there and a little bit worried but we have to score points when we can and some A big win helped us.”

Elijah Bain did things for the Comets by quickly pouncing on Elijah Dalla in the 112-pound bout, using the cradle to score a back point, and finally the pin at 1:47. I rolled.

Aggressive tactics and the cradle proved to be a winning combination for the Craters, winning five straight games and scoring 26 straight points to put the Comets on good form.

“I think that’s the style that fans want to see,” Haga said.

Jarrett Hickey cuts into Reed Rhodes in a tight cradle to win by £120 in 1:13. Joey Hutchins followed with a pin on his 126 (1:42), Boston Tazioli took advantage of the move to score a point, and on 132 he scored a 15-0 technical win for his fall.

“We love cradles,” Haga said with a laugh. “It was kind of contagious for us. I love it.”

Two of the Comets’ biggest wins soon followed, with freshman Kutter Christensen beating Mark Astley with 138, 3-2, and Ty Havenia breaking the stalemate with Owen Hull in his cradle, 2:51. decided to fall. at 152.

“You had to have them to put us on the hunt and give us the number of matches we won to set up,” Haga said.

Ayden Tazioli dominated with a 160 to push Crater’s advantage to 36-9 for the Cavemen, while freshman Travis Ege weighed in at 182 pounds to take a big win in his national team debut.

A game ago, the energy moved from bench to bench as Grants Pass’s Isiah Cowles and Crater’s Damian Dean traded points in a back-and-forth battle.

Dean fell to the edge of the mat at three points of contact when the whistle blew in the third period, and his feet appeared to inbound — causing celebrations by Comet fans — but Cole was simply It was short-lived because of the resumption and continuation of the match. Cowles responded with a takedown and a pin with nine seconds left in the match.

“When he called,” Haga said of the referee’s whistle. for dual. But again, this is a lesson we should learn. Our kid, a little upset that he didn’t fall right away. Sometimes it happens and we have to work hard and overcome it. ”

Giovanni Gonzalez scored a quick pin in Crater with 220 in the final race of the night, while Grants Pass was forfeited with 194 and 285.

Team score: Crater 45, Grants Pass 27.

*106 — Nathan Higa, GP, December Siena Caruso, 12-6. 113 — Elijah Bayne, Cra, pinned Elijah Dara, 1:47; 120 — Jarrett Hickey, Cra, pinned Reed Rhodes, 1:13; 126 — Joey Hutchins, Cra, pinned Lance Clifton, 1:42; 132 — Boston Tazioli, Kula, Tech. Michael Martin falls 15-0.

138 — Kutter Christensen, Cra, Dec. Mark Astley, 3-2. 145 — Tug Fly, GP, Tyler Fitzgerald pinned, 1:22; 152 — Ty Havniear, Cra, pinned Owen Hull, 2:51; 160 — Iden Tazioli, Cra, Major December Ashton Park, 13-4.

170 — Isaiah Cowles, GP, pinned Damien Dean, 5:51; 182 — Travis Ege, Kula, December Forrest Clark, 6-5; 195 — Grand Prix Vladimir Mendes Chavez forfeits. 220 — Pinned by Giovanni Gonzalez, Kula, Noah Hyatt, 1:24. 285 — Parker Jarvis, GP, Forfeited.

* starting weight

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Crater’s Aiden Tazioli will scramble against Grants Pass’s Ashton Park in a 160-pounder matchup at Central Point on Wednesday night. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Crater’s Elijah Bain (right) took control of Grants Pass’s Elijah Dala during the £113 bout Wednesday night at Central Point. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Crater’s Travis Ege will send Grants Pass’s Forrest Clark to the mat in Wednesday night’s 182-pound match at Central Point. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Crater’s Boston Tazioli checks the scoreboard during Wednesday night’s match against Grants Pass’s Michael Martin at £132 at Central Point. Tazioli eventually scored him a 15-0 technical fall. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Crater’s Aiden Tazioli cranks in the cradle with Grants Pass wrestler Ashton Park during the £160 match at Central Point on Wednesday night. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Crater’s Aiden Tazioli will take Ashton Park at Grants Pass to the mats in Wednesday night’s £160 bout at Central Point. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

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