Stallions stampede PCHS wrestlers
Thursday night’s match against Stansbury got off to a bad start for the Park City High School wrestling team.
In the first match of the night, Park City’s Max Chadderdon (134-pound weight class) injured his knee. In the second match, Junior Sanchez (140) was pinned to put the Miners in a 12-0 hole in a match they’d go on to lose 66-15.
After the rough start, Jacob Pelegrin (154) stepped into the circle, attempting to get Park City on the scoreboard. Though he trailed early, Pelegrin bounced back in the second round, eventually tying the match at eight points as the buzzer sounded. In a one-minute overtime period, Pelegrin scored a takedown to win the match 10-8.
Park City Coach Doug Payne said Pelegrin’s desire to win was on full display from the second period on.
"He really wanted that match," he said. "He was out there evenly matched with somebody and he wanted it worse than the other guy and scored right there at the very end. I’ve seen him do that a couple times before. When he wants it, he’s good."
The Miners’ next victory came by forfeit, as Stansbury didn’t have a 182-pounder to match up with Beckett Ricks. Payne said he would have rather seen Ricks wrestle than win by forfeit.
"That hurts," he said. "It was disappointing. We could have pushed him up to 195 probably and gotten him a match. He’s probably our best wrestler and we’re just trying to get him a match. We’re getting close to [the] Region [10 tournament] now, so we’ve got to kind of turn it up a notch."
The highlight of the night for Park City was delivered by Cameron Shine in the 109-pound weight class. Shine made quick work of his opponent, securing the pin and earning the final six points of the night for Park City.
"He’s a first-year guy, but he goes after it," Payne said. "At this point, he’s actually our second-string at 106. Connor French is our No. 1, but he’s injured. Cameron works hard in practice and he’s got some good moves and he’s pretty strong for a 106. I think he’s got great potential. We’re looking for him to step up."
Overall, Payne said the match wasn’t the Miners’ best effort.
"We’re still really young and we’ve got some injuries, but no excuses — we didn’t wrestle as good as we can," he said. "We had two lightly attended practices — not enough people there — over the Christmas break. I know it’s hard, especially in a ski town with the snow we’ve had, to make that commitment, but we can wrestle better than that. We just didn’t do it tonight."
Moving forward, Payne said the Miners will keep doing what they’ve been doing in practice to try to improve technique.
"We’re going to stick with all the basics we have," he said. "They’re missing some things like keeping their heads up or staying behind the arms — just basic things. We’ll reinforce that time and time again until they have all the fundamentals down. Then we can get into some fun moves."
This weekend, Park City travels to a dual-meet tournament at Ben Lomond High School. Payne said he’s looking forward to the Miners getting a lot of mat time.
"We’ll have five matches and go from probably 9:15 in the morning to probably 4:30 in the afternoon," he said. "That’ll give them a lot of mat experience."
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