Diersing, Morgan and Holden lead Pioneers to first win
LAUREL — Nooksack Valley boys wrestling took its first win of the season, highlighted by three pins, in a 30-24 Northwest Conference dual meet on Wednesday.
In what was a lightning-quick dual that was over in about 20 minutes, Pioneers seniors Hunter Morgan (195), Gabe Diersing (220) and Andrew Holder (152) all registered pins in the only three matches of the night. All other weight classes were forfeits.
Nooksack Valley improves to 1-1, 1-1 NWC, and Meridian falls to 0-2, 0-2 NWC.
Diersing, a state participant the last two seasons, pinned Meridian’s Jose Malave in the opening match of the night to earn the first six points of the dual.
“It was just strength,” Diersing said. “I knew I was stronger, but also technique.”
Diersing, who struggled in the Pioneers’ opening meet of the season, a dual against Blaine on Dec. 11, rebounded on Saturday to win the 220-pound division at the nine-team Iron Sharpens Iron tournament at Bellevue Christian High School.
“I feel great with what I’m doing right now,” Diersing said. “Especially the last tournament. Hopefully I will continue to dominate my opponents.”
One thing he is hoping to boost as the season wears on is his cardio.
“I’ve realized I’ve gassed out way too early and that’s what became my downfall in some of my matches against Blaine,” Diersing said.
Holder recorded a second-round pin over Meridian’s Ryan Noisey in the second match of the night.
Morgan, a state participant last season, registered a first-round bulldog pin over Meridian junior Matthew Hudson to end the official team matches. Senior Levi Harlan pinned Meridian’s Malave in a 220-pound exhibition match to end the action for the night.
“He’s a good wrestler,” Morgan said of Hudson. “He has some potential but I’ve been wrestling for a long time.”
Morgan, who’s been grappling since he was five years old, was also a state participant last season and won the 195-pound division at the Iron Sharpens Iron tourney.
On Wednesday, when he got Hudson turned in the bulldog he knew he’d either pin him or time would run out. With two-straight victories in consecutive meets, Morgan is pleased with how he’s wrestling at this point in the season.
He’s hoping to place at state this year for the first time, but it’s not on his mind right now.
“I’m going to go out there and wrestle my hardest and work as hard as I can, but I’m not going to be upset if I don’t place or place high at state,” Morgan said. “It all just depends on where I am mentally.”
Full results of the dual meet:
106: Meridian’s Ryan Jensen wins by forfeit
113: Double forfeit
120: Double forfeit
126: Double forfeit
132: Double forfeit
138: Nooksack Valley’s Gage Morgan wins by forfeit
145: Double forfeit
152: Nooksack Valley’s Andrew Holder second-round pin over Meridian’s Ryan Noisey
160: Meridian’s Skyler Compton wins by forfeit
170: Meridian’s Luis Santos-Guzman wins by forfeit
182: Meridian’s Corbin Marshal wins by forfeit
195: Nooksack Valley’s Hunter Morgan first-round pin over Meridian’s Matthew Hudson
220: Nooksack Valley’s Gabe Diersing first-round pin over Meridian’s Jose Malave
285: Nooksack Valley’s Levi Harlan wins by forfeit.
Exhibition: Nooksack Valley’s Levi Harlan first-round pin over Meridian’s Jose Malave
Others results from Wednesday night:
Mount Baker 52, Ferndale 30.
The Mounties (4-0, 1-0 NWC) increased their win streak to four and stayed undefeated on the season, while handing the Class 3A Golden Eagles (1-1, 1-1 NWC) their first loss of the year.
Marysville-Getchell 57, Squalicum 24
The Storm (1-3, 1-1 NWC) couldn't make it two wins on the row during a non-league double-dual loss to Marysville-Getchell Wednesday. Squalicum's results against Stanwood in the double dual were still pending at the time of this story.
Bellingham 48, Sedro-Woolley 36
The Red Raiders (3-0, 3-0 NWC) remain undefeated and run their win streak to three matches after vanquishing the Cubs during Wednesday's dual meet.