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Wrestling: Bulldogs take match from Tigers

January 11, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — There's no way to spin the Calexico High School wrestling team's 49-30 win over Imperial High here Wednesday because the Bulldogs were just the better team.

While Calexico only won by 19 points, the matches in which they were victorious were convincing.

What made the difference, according to Calexico coach Gilbert Panela, was the performance of his upper-weight wrestlers.

"They really came around for us. I was surprised by how well they did," said Panela. "Team-wise they got us the points we needed. Today they were the difference."

While Panela pointed to his heavier wrestlers, Tiger coach Pete Martinez said it was Calexico's whole team that made the difference.

"It wasn't just their upper weights that made the difference because they had some pretty good wrestlers in the lower weights," said Martinez. "I think their team, overall, just wrestled better than we did."


In the second match Calexico's Steven Jimenez (112 pounds) wrestled better than Imperial's Miguel Campos, pinning him in 1 minute, 56 seconds. His win gave the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead after Jovana Iniguez (103) won by forfeit.

The Tigers won three of the next four matches. After a Mark Takara walkover for Imperial in the 119-pound division, Imperial's Jon Woodard (125) pinned Eddie Rodriguez at 1:06 of the second period to tie things at 12-12.

Max Leimgruber (130) gave the Bulldogs the lead again with a 17-5 majority decision over Sam Selay, but Imperial's Mike Rodriguez (135) gave his the team the lead by pinning Robert Pacheco with a minute to go in the second period.

The Bulldogs took the lead with walkover wins from Arón Barrios (140) and Harry Ramirez (145).

A.J. Smith (152) brought the Tigers a little closer with his walkover, cutting the deficit to 29-24.

Rafael Meza gave Calexico a little breathing room by pinning Jay Brown with 53 seconds remaining in their 160-pound match. Meza's win kicked off a string of four straight Bulldog wins.

After Meza, Calexico's Brandon Quintero (171) had his way with Miguel Gastelum in a 16-4 majority decision. The closest match of the night was in the 189-pound division as Calexico's Adrian Olivas defeated Sergio Barraza 8-6. Santiago Almazon was the Bulldogs' last winner, pinning Randy Sanchez at the 1:08 mark of their 215-pound match.

Imperial's Manuel Miranda broke Calexico's run with a dominating performance over Mario Higarera in the heavyweight match, pinning him at the 35-second point in the first period.

Said Panela: "Overall I think we did pretty good and I'm happy with our results, but we still have some things we need to work on."

Imperial (5-3) competes in the Five Counties tournament in Fountain Valley on Friday. The Bulldogs (4-1) face Southwest in El Centro at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Holtville 36, Central 35

HOLTVILLE — A minor technicality was the difference in the Holtville and Central Union high school Imperial Valley League wrestling duel meet here Wednesday as the Vikings won 36-35.

One point was deducted from a Spartan wrestler for removing a strap from his singlet, which turned out to be the difference.

Holtville got pins from Colt Snyder (103 pounds), Cody Acosta (112), Jacob Cerde (119), Jonathan Hawk (145) and Joe Torres (152).

For Central it was Ernie Castaneda (125) and Brent Hart (heavyweight) winning by pin. Michael Staton (171) and Alan Adame (189) both won by decision and Danny Vasquez (130) and Danny Rivera (215) won by forfeit for the Spartans.

Both squads return to duel action at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the Vikings (2-1) hosting Imperial and the Spartans hosting Brawley Union.

Southwest 53, Palo Verde 30

BLYTHE — The Southwest High wrestling team evened its Imperial Valley League record with a 53-30 win over Palo Verde here Wednesday.

The Eagles had seven pins, with Darrin Barnes kicking off things with a pin in the 103-pound division followed by pins by Chris Espinoza (112) and Bill Amidon (125). Gabriel Sandoval (130), Eddie Conner (135), Chris Gonzales (171) and Raul Gradillas (189).

Rounding out the Southwest scoring were Rene Limon (119) and Osman Solorio (145) winning by forfeit.

The Eagles (1-1 IVL) return to action Saturday in the Rim of the World tournament in Lake Arrowhead.

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