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Wrestling: Early push helps Eagles to win

January 25, 2001|By JON HINSHAW, Sports Writer

It's an easy philosophy.

Put things out of reach before your opponent can respond.

The Southwest High School wrestling team did just that against visiting Central Union High in El Centro on Wednesday as the Eagles took eight of the first 10 matches in a 43-33 victory.

Southwest's lower and middle weight classes took control with four pins, two decisions and two walkovers to open a 43-12 lead with four matches remaining. The Spartans took the final four bouts but were mathematically out of the running after the Eagles' Eddie Cortez won by walkover in the 162-pound class.

"Much of our strength is in the lower weights," said Southwest coach David Weldon, whose squad improved to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Imperial Valley League. "We're starting to wrestle like we should and I'm happy we had a lot of good matches out there tonight."


After Central's Mario Luna won the 105-pound match by pin, the Eagles took control.

Southwest's Michael Seaman (114) pinned Victor Sanchez just before the end of the second period to knot the match 6-6 and Chris Espinoza got a walkover in the 121-pound class for a 12-6 lead. Bill Amidon (127) and Gabriel Sandoval (132) then got back-to-back pins over Gabriel Molina and Eduardo Hernandez, respectively, to take a 24-6 advantage.

Amidon won with 35 seconds left in the second period and Sandoval got his pin 35 seconds into the match. Eddie Conner followed with a win in a grueling, back-and-forth contest with Central's Danny Vasquez that went all three periods. Conner (137) came out on top 8-7 and gave the Eagles three more point.

The Spartans' Cameron Lechner responded with a pin in the 142-pound class. Lechner discharged Daniel Enriquez just 29 seconds into their bout, which made the score 27-12.

Osman Solorio (147) then bested Central's Peter Gutierrez 11-2 and Brian Robertson (154) pinned Central's Michael Garvey with 50 seconds left in their match before Cortez got his walkover. The three wins tallied 16 points for Southwest and put it ahead 43-12.

"We take our wrestling one match at a time. We don't think about our next match, we just prepare for the one at hand," said Robertson, alluding to the Eagles' next IVL match against Brawley. "We won well tonight and we had a lot of younger wrestlers out there on the mat gaining some experience."

The Spartans (5-17 overall, 1-2 IVL) got victories in the final four matches from Michael Staton, Alan Adame, Dan Rivera and Brent Hart. Staton (173) and Chris Gonzalez struggled before Staton earned a 9-5 decision, but the final three matches were won by pin.

Adame (191) downed Raul Gradillas one minute and 14 seconds into their match, Rivera (217) bested Ricardo Magallanes with 20 seconds remaining in the first period and Hart (275) took out Russel Osbun just 37 seconds into their match

"I thought we wrestled well, but obviously not well enough to win," Spartan coach Stan Geinger said. "We had two forfeits tonight and if we wouldn't have had them things would have tightened up a bit. We'll just have to move on and regroup at the Holtville tournament this weekend. It will be good for us."

Central will begin its matches in the Holtville wrestling tournament on Friday at noon Saturday. The Eagles will take the weekend off before heading into their showdown with Brawley in the Wildcats' gym at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Imperial 54, Calipatria 21

CALIPATRIA — In a contest that saw only five matches actually wrestled, the Imperial wrestling team downed Calipatria 54-21 here Wednesday.

The match featured eight walkovers and no-contest in the 105-pound class as neither squad fielded a wrestler. Six of the walkovers went to the Tigers and accounted for 36 of their 54 points.

Imperial's live wins came from Mark Takara (121), Miguel Gastelum (164) and Manuel Miranda (275). All three wins came by pin, with Takara beating the Hornets' Johnny Fallavolita, Gastelum downing Gary Baxter and Miranda besting Russell Fisher.

The Tigers got walkovers from Diego Jimenez (114), Mike Blackstock (127), Stewart Cole (142), Jeremy Jones (154), Leo Perez (171) and Lee Paradise (191).

Calipatria earned four victories with two walkovers, a pin and a decision. Clay Love earned the Hornets' pin against Randy Sanchez in the 217-pound class, George Estrada downed Mike Rodriguez in a 6-3 decision in the 132-pound class and Thomas Ciezki (136) and Alex Sanchez (147) both won by walkover.

The Tigers (6-4 overall) were to travel to Carlsbad to take on Army/Navy at 3:30 today.

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