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Wrestling: Plano dominates Walther Lutheran

Updated: February 19, 2013 11:22PM



With a dominating performance Tuesday night, the Plano Reapers captured their first sectional crown and advanced to the state dual team tournament in Bloomington Saturday.

The Reapers made quick work of Walther Lutheran, scoring a convincing 63-10 win in the Class 1A Wilmington Sectional. Plano was victorious in 12 of 14 matches.

“It hasn’t kicked in yet, but I’m sure on the bus ride back we’re all gonna go crazy,” said junior Ivan Lopez, who won by fall with less than one second remaining in the first period of the 138-pound match. “Not to be cocky, but we had a good feeling coming into this meet.”

Senior Joel Periera (195) opened the meet with a 9-7 decision. State champion Derrick Maisonet followed with a pin 39 seconds into the first period of his 220-pound bout. Maisonet took his man down and manuevered his way to the fall.

Junior Nunez (285) recorded a fall in the second period when he was leading 13-4, and Juan Lazerit notched a major decision when he won 12-3 at 106 pounds. Jake Wilson put the Reapers ahead 25-0 when he recorded a fall at the 1:37 mark of the third period.

“We wanted to dominate and get it done,” said Shaun Wollenweber, who claimed a 9-2 decision in the 132-pound tilt. “We wanted to show our fans that we get (to state). All our hard work this year has paid off.”

After dropping the 120-pound match, Jonathon Farthing put the Reapers back in the winning column when he pinned his man with 53 ticks left in the first period. Lopez’s fall began a streak of four straight pins. Freshman Zach Tomac (145) downed his opponent with 19 seconds to go in the second frame, and Killian Murphy (152) scored a fall when he reversed out and gained control.

Wes Brown’s fall in the first period handed the Reapers a 58-6 advantage. Austin Ricketts ended the night with a technical fall, tallying a 17-0 win.

“They felt really good out there,” Plano coach Joe Kampf said. “We had practice (Monday) morning, and it was actually one of the tougher practices we’ve had in a while. I felt pretty good coming into today.

“Next weekend our chances are as good as anybody’s,” Kampf added. “We’ve got to take it one meet at a time.”



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