Russell Pierce sings national anthem, gets pin in Del Oro wrestling's shutout on senior night
Russell Pierce first sang the national anthem as a 10-year-old at a Del Oro High School wrestling match.
On Wednesday night, the 195-pound Golden Eagles senior wrestler sung the song once more on senior night in Loomis.
“He is a great singer and his teammates really enjoyed it along with the whole audience,” said coach Dave Sanchez, whose team went on to win 74-0 in a Sierra Foothill League dual against Roseville.
The Eagles (3-0 SFL) earned pins by Pierce, freshman Landon McBride (106 pounds), junior Isaac Blackburn (113), sophomore Zach Ruybal (132), senior Johnny Zieour (152) and senior Jon Francom-Clark (heavyweight).
The Del Oro JV team also scored a big 59-0 win over Roseville in front of a large crowd.
“We had packed bleachers, the band was there, and we wrestled under the spotlight,” Sanchez said. “Each match, there were videos on both wrestlers and their own 'run in' music as they ran in from the tunnels on their side to the center of the match to wrestle.
“I think we put on a good show, and I think those who came to watch a wrestling match for the first time will be looking forward to the next one.”
Del Oro got major decisions from freshman Clay Shropshire (113), sophomore Tanner Robison (138) and senior Patrick Neu (160). Jansen Engelbrecht had a technical fall at 126 pounds.
Roseville forfeited their 170-, 182- and 220-pound matches.
The closest match of the night came from sophomore Dustin Edwards, who jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period and hung on to score a 6-5 win.
The Eagles concluded their league slate with a meet at Nevada Union next week and a trip to Granite Bay the following week.