By Jeremy McDonald
DAYTON, Ore.– Dayton Wrestling set the tone early against Harrisburg in the match-up against number three in the Pirates and number six in the Eagles Tuesday night in Dayton.
It was Senior Night as well for Dayton coming off of their second-place finish at the Oregon Classic Dual Meet Championships when Corbin McGee’s pin at the 3:03 mark of the 160-pound bout with Harrisburg’s Bryson Canaday in the Pirates 41-6 win.
The match featured three Top 10 bouts at 182, 195 and 113 saw Dayton win decisions by both David Bowlin (182) and Leo Rosas (tech-fall at 195).
In Bowlin’s 13-3 win, the number 3 wrestler in 182 quickly turned a 2-0 lead into the second frame and ballooned it out to 10-1 after using the first period to feel out his competition.
“It was just me figuring him out and what I wanted to do. I just wanted to figure him out because I never wrestled that kid before…it was a good match,” said Bowlin.
It seems forever ago since Ryan Penrose was defeated. Entering the night 16-2 on the season with his losses being to 6A Sprague’s Bo Davis and to Rancho Bernardo’s Brandon Eusebio at the Sierra Nevada Classic, Penrose’s only had to go to decision once in his 16 wins.
In front of the Senior Penrose was the fifth-ranked wrestler in 3A in 113 in the Eagles Russell Talmadge for his 17th win of the season. By the second round, Penrose showcased his dominance by picking up not just his 17th win of the season, but his 16th pin of the year.
“I think my season’s coming along pretty good, especially since down in Reno when I lost my two matches, I had the flu, so that was a hard trip for me,” laughed Penrose. “It was bad, but I feel like I’m back to where I was before I had the flu.
“I think I did well in my match, I need to work my shot more and getting my shots set up better.”
Emmett Bowlin, who took the place for the injured Blake Larsen Tuesday, had a forfeit victory on the night as Tony Cisneros (126), Jimmy Larsen (138) and David Estrada (145) closed out the match with pins.
Nic Aregllo picked up the forfeit win at 132 with Dayton picking up wins in the last six weight classes of the night following surrendering a Harrisburg pin to returning 220-pound State Champion Leithan Briggs.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald