By Diksha Chaudhary,
Despite a strong start from the Devils, Franklin and defending Division 1-A Sac-Joaquin Section champion Elk Grove defeated the Davis High men’s wrestling team on Tuesday, Jan 12. The final score was 45-17 against Franklin and 66-18 against Elk Grove in six matches.
Sophomore Aaron Curtin started off against Franklin and led the match by increasingly gaining points. Junior Matt Vinh struggled in the beginning of his match, but after some much-needed advice from coach Ty Brown and audience support, he was able to tied the score at seven.
Also aiding Franklin and Elk Grove was the fact that DHS had only six wrestlers and forfeited more than half of the 14 weight classes in which the wrestlers could score points–statistically, the Devils could not have won.
Consequently, the undermanned DHS squad hopes to generate interest in the program.
“We just have to get more people interested in coming out in the next couple of years so we can truly compete with people in the league,” senior Robbie Hughes said.
After competing against both of the teams in the first dual meet of last year’s season, the Blue Devils were ready this time around.
“We compete against them every year and they have good programs with large teams. I think we were as prepared as possible,” Hughes said.
And although hopeful DHS wrestlers lost both matches, the members continue to stay positive and intend to learn from their mistakes.
“Personally, I wasn’t too happy about yesterday because I didn’t do as well as I had hoped but you just have to come back from that and work harder for next week,” Hughes said. “The team did about as expected and showed that the few wrestlers we did have were going to be a problem [for other teams] later on.”
Brown was very pleased with the team’s performance.
“We want to get better every single match and we felt tonight, even with some of the losses, we got better each and every single match and that’s our whole focus,” he said.