The Galt Warriors hosted their first Sierra Valley Conference wrestling meet of the season but, in a unique change to the schedule compared to last season, it was also their senior night.
The Warriors lost to Union Mine 48-36, then faced El Dorado, to whom they lost 47-30.
Wrestling fans nearly always had something to watch at the meet, as it was the first time the Sierra Valley Conference has put a new agreement in place to have four teams compete at one meet rather than hold the normal dual meets.
The objective in having both El Dorado and Union Mine travel to Galt is to save money on transportation, Galt coach Tim Cobleigh said of the league’s new policy.
Brandon Sweat pinned Miles Runquist of the Diamondbacks in the 132-pound weight class and the Warriors also saw wins by Zach Cirac in the 160-pound weight class (won by fall), Zack Mason in the 195-pound weight class and Nathan Flores in the 285-pound weight class, who also won by fall.
Against El Dorado, William Farren defeated Anthony Mahaffery 7-1, Tristan Sommer defeated Westin Loverock in the 138-pound weight class, Cirac earned his second win of the night by fall against Chris Killion, Mason earned his second win 12-8 over Chase Nutting and Rollin Phelps won by fall over Gaberiel Teeter in the 285-pound weight class.
Cobleigh said that, amid the team losses, there is promise in the Warriors’ future.
“We’re young and we don’t have a lot of experience but we’re getting better every day. We’re looking for the future. There are a lot of strong wrestlers in the program and they’re definitely getting better each and every time we practice,” Cobleigh said.
Some of the Warriors’ returning wrestlers who have continued to show dominance this year earned wins in the league meet and could be the leaders the growing program needs to guide them this year.
“We have some strong veterans with William, Dominic, Zack Mason, Gabe, Zach Cirac, so we’re just continuing to work hard in the weight room and on the mat and get in there and win some matches,” said Cobleigh.
As far as health goes, the Warriors are healthy and ready to take on Liberty Ranch tonight on the Hawks’ senior night.
“Nothing serious, just some bumps and bruises. We have some kids going through the concussion protocol but they’ll be back before the end of the season,” said Cobleigh.