By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– Scio came out swinging in their final dual of Senior Night Wednesday night.
The room was dark, the lone light source coming from the large light above that draped the mat and the wrestlers below.
The Loggers struggled a bit out of the gate against Douglas/Santiam, dropping their first three matches before finishing strong in the dual. Against South Umpqua however, Scio won their first four matches of the dual.
Kade Mask and Hunter Zeiher each picked up quick first round pins against the Lancers, Lance Vanhoose picked up a pin himself at the 1:20 mark of the second period after leading 7-2 prior to the pin.
“It felt good, that last moment I knew I had to hit that go-go juice,” said Vanhoose of his match.
Jacob Mask, one of the three Seniors honored in the Loggers only home dual of the year, had to wait for his time under the light. Knowing it’s a special moment for him and the other Seniors on this evening.
“It’s pretty special, not a lot of schools still wrestle under the light. It’s good to have a good home crowd. They’re loud, you can hear them,” said Mask. “It’s a super cool environment. I mean this is the best part of wrestling is doing it under the light.”
With your sense’s heighten with the darkness surrounding you, that crowd noise seem to be louder and more rambunctious than if the gym lights were on.
For Mask in his match, he knew he couldn’t outmuscle his opponent in strength in his 9-2 decision win, but he could use his strength in technique to do his damage on this night.
“Super important, it’s the only match I’m going to have under the light forever. Never again would I wrestle under the light so it was super, duper important,” said Mask. “It was a good match, the kid’s scrappy. Super strong, a lot stronger than me. He’s super strong so I had to beat him on technique.”
Josiah Nordstrom dropped a tough match before Gary McDaniel ended the South Umpqua rally with the Loggers fourth pin of the match.
Kevin Vath was caught in a dogfight in his 220-pound match leading into William Simmons finale to close out the night.
After tying the match at the 1:15 mark of the second period, Vath surrendered an escape point that put him down 3-2 entering the final two minutes of the match. Vath struggled to work the ground game against his Lancer opposition Wednesday to pull even or get a reversal to take the lead, falling 3-2 in the match.
“I need to get up, just do it in practice more (at it),” said Vath.
Simmons, another Senior on this evening wrestling under the light for the last time, led 3-2 into the third period after leading 3-0 prior before picking up an escape point and points off takedown to seal the 6-2 victory and seventh victory of the dual.
The Loggers will have one more tournament, at Cascade Christian, before going to Umpqua Community College for Districts on February 14.