Republic wrestlers rescue Hornets' Senior Night

OROVILLE – For awhile, it looked as if Hornets’ senior wrestlers would be deprived of their Senior Night after Eastmont canceled a trip to Oroville on Wednesday due to weather.

“We were extremely worried,” Ricevuto said. “So on the phone and email we go. Old and dear friend (coach) Jack Hamilton from Republic came through.”

Republic made the trip down the hill on Thursday, giving the Oroville wrestlers a chance to enjoy thre traditional festivities.

The teams also matched up well, Ricevuto said, with each team’s 10 wrestlers getting in a mat.

Taylor Robinson (182) and Republic’s Lucas Rittel faced off to start the night. Rittel edged Robinson 18-14.

“(It was) a see-saw battle of two of the best 182 pound wrestlers in the ‘B’ state,” he said. “These two will probably see each other again at districts and regionals.”

Also winning for the Hornets were John Marquiss (106, first period pin); Leo Curiel (132, 7-1 decision); Eddie Ocampo (160, Granby Cradle pin); Charles Arrigoni (160, 17-6 major decision); Lukas Mieirs (195, Granby Cradle pin); and Jordan Smith (120, first period pin).

Also wrestling were Ruben Renfro (170) and Roger Carranza (170).

“Ruben wrestled his best bout of the season,” Ricevuto said. “(He went) into the third period with Blake Phillips of Republic, who is ranked second in the state.”