Kingston wrestler Reece suffers first defeat

Kingston junior wrestler Bobby Reece III suffered the first loss of his high school career Tuesday in the Buccaneers’ dual match at Olympic High School.
Reece, who came into the night with a career record of 102-0, was disqualified after referees determined that he used an illegal move during his 170-pound match against Olympic’s Zeke Gaeta.
Reece, a two-time state champion, led Gaeta 12-1 in the second period when he used a figure-four leg lock on Gaeta’s head in a pin attempt. Normally, an illegal move results in a penalty point and the match continues.
In this case, Gaeta hurt his neck and was carried off the mat on a stretcher, unable to continue. Gaeta was awarded the victory because an illegal move ended the match.
Gaeta had an MRI test at the hospital, which came back negative. Olympic coach Troy Reynolds said Gaeta was diagnosed with a muscle strain.
Reynolds called the outcome of the match — from Gaeta’s injury to Reece’s loss — “unfortunate.”
Kingston coach Bobby Reece, while disappointed, said his son will be fine.
“He handled it pretty well,” the coach said.

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