ELK GROVE — With star seniors Marvin Grant, Bailey Murray and Adrian LoBuono-Gonzalez all out with various ailments, it was already going to be hard for the Davis High wrestling team to come out on top against Monterey Trail in Elk Grove on Wednesday.
Forfeiting four weight classes didn’t help either as the Blue Devils fell 39-15 to drop to 2-2 in the Delta Valley Conference.
Of the matches it did wrestle, DHS went 5-5 — though it garnered only three points from each win — and lost a few others by the slightest of margins.
“We lost a couple of close matches,” said Devil head coach Ty Brown. “We’re really working to try and understand situational wrestling and flip those matches around. It comes down to being fundamentally sound.”
While senior Elias LoBuono-Gonzalez was his usual excellent self, winning his match at 126 pounds, freshman Elliot Angell-Durr (120 pounds) made a splash in his varsity debut, picking up another Davis victory.
Local sophomore Quinn Davies stepped in at 138 pounds for the still-injured Adrian LoBuono-Gonzalez. Davies’ win continued the Blue Devil youth movement, which also saw sophomores Robert Hughes (145) and Tanner Carr (170) pick up victories.
Despite the disappointing loss, coach Brown remained positive, with one goal in mind.
“The big thing is to make sure guys are peaking right now,” Brown said. “Our biggest thing right now is the Delta Valley Conference Championships.”
Brown expects to have all of his wrestlers, including Adrian LoBuono-Gonzalez, back when DHS is at Elk Grove next Wednesday (6 p.m.)
“They’re the top dog in our league,” Brown said of the powerful Thundering Herd program. “They will be a good measuring stick for all of our top guys.”
Note: Though the varsity boys are off this weekend for the first time in eight weeks, the JV Devils will head to the Del Oro Invitational while the DHS girls will compete in the Lady Eagle Invite. Both events will take place at Del Oro High in Loomis.