By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.—What a way to finish a dual meet if you’re a wrestling fan!
At the 220-pound class match that was capping off a Sprague win, Salavador ‘Chava’ Carmago of McKay and the Olympians Tanner Sorenson found themselves in a wild finish to an excellent match.
Carmago was held a comfortable lead with about a little more than a minute to go in the match when Sorenson’s near-fall points brought the senior Sprague grappler to within one of the senior Scotsman 8-7.
Looking to grab victory in an incredible comeback fashion, Sorenson went after Carmago with an attack that pushed Carmago to the direction of the Olys bench and Sorenson brought Carmago down. Some yelled for a takedown for Sorenson that would put him ahead of the McKay grappler 9-8, but the ref didn’t see it as Carmago was awarded a ninth point with under 30 seconds to go in the match and Carmago up 9-7.
Down, but not out, Sorenson tried once more to force overtime as he went for another attempt at a takedown, no avail as Carmago found ways to prevent Sorenson from scoring as the Scots senior sneaked out with the win over a tough wrestler in Sorenson.
“I didn’t the score but I knew he just got a near-fall on me so I knew I had to pick it up and get a escape point, do what I had to do to come out with a victory and I came up on top against a District finalist,” “A two-time District finalist, I’m really excited right now.”
To come out on top against one of the districts and the state’s best, Carmago reflects on the hard work that helped him not just win this match, but this good start he’s on to start his senior season.
“To never give up and never sike yourself out no matter how tough the guy is because I know how hard I’ve been working, just had to come up and work hard and come out on top,” said Carmago.
The victory by Carmago was one of three by the Scots, the other was a forfeit at the 195 match and a Major Decision Matt Jarding got over a scrappy Nate Rediger.
In that match, Rediger picked up the intensity in the second and third periods versus the strong wrestler in Jarding, but Jarding took advantage of Rediger’s weakness from the outside. Something that the Sprague senior said he know’s he’ll need to work on moving forward.
“He had a great single to my leg on the outside,” said Rediger. “He’s a great outside shooter. It just reminded me what I need to work more on defending the outside ground rather than being caught up and defending shots from there.”
Rediger paid his respect to Jarding as he hopes to see him again down the road.
“I’ll love to see him sometime in his (mat) room and drill with him because he seems to be a hard worker, I just went in there with a bad mindset and I felt like if I did somethings here and there I might’ve had done a little better, but he’s a great kid. I thought he was great,” said Rediger.
Sprague won the dual 64-13 as the Olympians picked up 10 pins as they honored their seniors at home one last time this season as Dane McKinney picked up one of those pins with a 32 second pin over McKay’s Jayency Exetok as the Olympians improved to 10-1 on the season and 4-0 in Greater Valley Conference matches.
“Oh it’s great, we love this program,” McKinney said of Senior Night. “The coaches built it up to something that’s pretty amazing and everyone knows that but especially being a senior, just getting the recognition that you don’t always get. It’s fun.”
The Scots drop to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in league, but they know that facing a great team in Sprague shouldn’t weigh them down as they prepare for what’s next for them this season.
“We can take away the negative energy that we might have afterwards because everything that is negative from this meet can carry over to next meet and won’t do too hot so keeping the negative energy away, let this go past,” said McKay’s Shane Tennis.
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