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Sanderson wrestling rolls past Enloe, remains unbeaten

The Sanderson wrestling team took another step toward a fifth-straight conference championship after rolling over Enloe 69-3 on Thursday.

The Spartans won 13 of 14 weight classes, included eight by pin.

“There was good intensity tonight for the most of the guys, which is what I was looking for,” said Sanderson coach A.J. Johnson. “I wanted to see how we were going to come out and wrestle the way we wrestle.”

Heavyweight Bradley Hughes started the cavalcade of pins in the evening’s first bout. He earned the Spartans six points in all of 10 seconds.

“It gets other guys ready to go,” said Hughes. “The first guy usually sets the tone. Seeing the first guy win, they can see it’s going to be a good match.”

From there, the Eagles forfeited at 106, and then the Spartans won the next six matches by fall – four of them in the first period.

At 113, Solomon Solkowitz built a 6-1 lead before getting the pin with 1:03 remaining in the first period.

Dakota Graff and Aaron Geter followed with pins in less than a minute at 120 and 126, respectively.

David Losada and Adrian Davenport did the same at 132 and 138, with Losada earning the pin in 1:15, and Davenport getting his after leading 6-2 with 1:40 remaining in the second period.

Mark Bowens won by fall in 30 seconds at 145, and after eight matches, the Spartans led 48-0.

Sanderson’s Patrick McComas outlasted Enloe’s Ethan Hoffman for a 6-5 decision at 152 in the evening’s first bout to go the full three periods.

Jake Keehn picked up a 3-0 decision at 160, Brandon Borrentine’s pin at 170, Jalil Monk prevailed in a 7-1 decision at 182.

Though the dual was long-decided, the final bout of the evening featured the most action. Judging by the cheers from the handful of family members in the stands, and how into the match both sets of teammates were, it would have been easy to mistake the match for a winner-take-all showdown.

At 195 pounds San Bae and Nathan Solkowitz tangled for a flurry of takedowns, escapes, reversals and near falls before Bae outlasted Solkowitz in a wild 21-16 decision to give the Eagles the lone victory of the night.

With two dual matches remaining, Sanderson and Millbrook are veering toward a title showdown when they meet in the regular-season finale on Jan. 28. Both teams remain unbeaten in the Cap Eight.

“We’ve got to hit the room and keep going,” said Hughes.