Hounds dominate the Knights

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Greyhounds wrestling team is in a rebuild this season but had the opportunity to shine in front of their home fans on Tuesday night when they hosted the St. Joseph Knights.

The Hounds have won three matches in league this season including their 51-14 victory over the Knights. The Greyhounds won the match easily — the Knights were forced to forfeit a majority of the matches because they didn't have enough wrestlers to fill the weight classes.

“Even though we had a couple more guys than these guys [St. Joseph] we still wanted to come out and wrestle hard and do our match and hopefully get a couple good matches,” Atascadero Head Wrestling Coach Greg Hazelhofer said.

The once legendary Greyhounds wrestling team is currently going through a rebuilding year and worked hard this season to establish a core group of leaders.

“This has definitely been a rebuilding year,” Hazelhofer said. “We are really trying to build some leadership so we can raise the expectations. Some kids didn't last in the room, but everybody that is here now has been working really hard and deserves to be here.”

The wrestling team is young this season with a group of juniors who are starting to excite the coaching the staff.

“We have a couple young kids who are really showing,” Hazelhofer said. “We had a kid that bumped up a weight and ended up taking a 185-pound match. Carson Brander has been working really hard and he fired the crowd up.”

The crowd treated on several occasions Tuesday. 108-pound wrestler Kimbol Brown continued his unbeaten streak through league in dominating fashion.

“I tech’d the kid, for one,” Brown said. “And he had no shot. I took lots of shots on him and I kept cutting him and taking him down.”

Brown exited the match full of confidence for the league tournament saying, “ it gives me confidence, I’ve won league, I’ve beaten everyone in league.”

Junior Wyatt Mackenzie didn't win his match but did wrestle the most exciting match of the evening.

“Wyatt Mckenzie had a good match, even though he lost,” Hazelhofer said. “He put a really good kid on his back and got the crowd fired up and fought hard, and that's all we ask of the kids.”

The PAC 8 Tournament will take place on Saturday Feb. 10 at Paso Robles High School.


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