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Wrestling: Wildcats claim another IVL title

February 01, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

BRAWLEY — The dynasty known as the Brawley Union High wrestling team earned its seventh consecutive league title Wednesday with a 67-6 hammering of Southwest High here.

Heading into its Imperial Valley League duel it really wasn't a matter of whether the Wildcats would win, but by how much.

Despite losing by 61 points, Southwest coach David Weldon felt his squad wrestled well enough to make the score closer.

"Coming in here we thought we could do better than we did. We had some really close matches but lost, and I think that may have been the difference," said Weldon. "They were able to make adjustments in some weights because they're so deep and I think that may have affected us."

While Brawley dominated throughout, the Wildcats ran into trouble in the 137-pound division when Mark Mendibles was pinned by Eddie Conner with 1 minute, 1 second remaining in the contest.

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Said Conner of the pin: "Brawley's a really strong team, but going into that match I just wanted to go out and wrestle.

"Even though our team lost, I was pretty happy with the win. It was really big for me," Conner added.

Southwest's lone win did little to stem Brawley's onslaught.

The score was 27-0 before the Conner win. While his pin of Mendibles brought the Eagles 6 points, the Wildcats went on to outscore Southwest 40-0 through the rest of the match, bringing the end result to 67-6.

From the onset Brawley (11-0 overall, 5-0 IVL) had its way with the Eagles (3-3, 3-2), winning the first five matches.

Michael Sosa began the slaughter in the 105-pound match, pinning Darrin Barnes 1:24 into their contest. After a David Villagran walkover (112), Martin Pulido pinned Chris Espinoza 43 seconds into their 121-pound match.

Along with the Conner win, another Eagles highlight came in the 127-pound match when Eagle Bill Amidon narrowly lost to Jose Reyes 11-7. Amidon gave Reyes some trouble. Still, four of his points came on escapes after Reyes let him up.

Brawley got its third pin of the night from Tim Dowden (132) as he took out Gabriel Sandoval with 15 seconds remaining in their match.

Up 27-6, Hector Carrillo got things rolling again for the Wildcats, pinning Daniel Enriquez at the 52-second mark of their 142-pound match. That was followed by two more Brawley wins — Daniel Martinez (147) pinning Osmon Solorio 3:17 into their contest and Kiddo Moreno (154) pinning Brian Robertson at the 1:17 mark of the second period.

Moreno's win may have been Brawley's most dominant as he took a 14-2 lead heading into the second period before recording the fall.

In the 173-pound match, the Wildcats' Bucky Leigh had little trouble getting past Chris Gonzales, earning a 13-4 decision.

With a 49-6 lead, Brawley recorded two more pins with Markie Cazarez (191) earning the first by downing Raul Gradillas at 2:26 and Miguel Miranda disposing of Ricardo Magallanes 1:16 into their 215-pound contest.

Jose Gutierrez rounded out the Wildcats' route with a walk over.

Said Brawley coach Keith Smith: "I think our guys are starting to peak, but they're not there yet. It's kind of hard to keep these guys motivated when we know we're going to win, but we just try to keep them focused on the big prize. And right now the prize is the IVL finals."

Both teams return to action at the IVL finals at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Imperial 52,

Mountain Empire 24

IMPERIAL — The Imperial High wrestling team wrapped up its duel season with a 52-24 win over Mountain Empire here Wednesday.

Winning by pinfall for the Tigers were Stewart Cole (142 pounds), A.J. Smith (154), Miguel Gastellum (162), Sergio Barros (191) and Miguel Miranda (heavyweight).

John Woodard (121) won by decision and Diego Jimenez (114), Mike Rodriguez (137) and Randy Sanchez (217) all won by walk over.

Imperial (8-4) will next compete in the league tournament at the Army/Navy Academy in Carlsbad on Feb. 10.

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