Bobby Perez and his Davis High wrestling teammates knew their Wednesday night match with Beyer was a big one.
"I never stopped thinking about our match," said the 145-pound senior. "Our entire team was nervous all day."
It was a matchup between the final two undefeated teams in the Modesto Metro Conference, and it went all Davis' way in a 48-25 victory over the Patriots in front of a loud crowd at the Davis High gymnasium.
Davis (10-2, 3-0) is alone atop the MMC standings. Beyer (7-5, 2-1) falls to second place. The Spartans have an upcoming MMC schedule that includes Enochs and defending league champion Downey, which lost to Beyer 35-33 earlier this season.
"We went in thinking this was going to be a really close match," Perez said. "But everybody stepped up. There were some big surprises tonight."
Davis heavyweight Alex Becker provided the first Spartan surprise when he turned and pinned John Severe late in the second period of their match. The first match of the evening was at 215 pounds, and Beyer's Ken Brown pinned Cody Taylor for the early lead.
Three of the next four matches were Davis pins, giving the team a 24-12 lead. Davis' team strength is in the middle weights, and by the time they stepped on the mat the match was virtually decided.
"We thought there were three matches that could have gone either way, and we won all three," Davis coach Mike Cantwell said. "And they all won by pin, too. That's a big swing."
Beyer, meanwhile, is rooting for Downey to upset the Spartans next week. That would most likely mean a three-way tie for the MMC title.
"Davis has a good team, and they wrestled well tonight," Beyer coach Doug Severe said. "They took it to us. Now we have to win out and hope that Downey beats Davis.
"The door was open for us, but Davis closed that door."