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Wrestling: Bulldogs pin Calipatria

December 06, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

CALIPATRIA — In about a month the Calexico High wrestling team will kick off Imperial Valley League duel meet competition against eight-time defending champion Brawley Union High.

Knowing it's toughest competition is only weeks away, Calexico is using every duel meet until then to prepare for its showdown.

After a loss to Coachella last week, next on the Bulldogs' "training schedule" was a duel against Calipatria High here Wednesday. As was expected the Bulldogs shredded Calipatria walking in a 57-12 victory.

"We know that in January we have Brawley, and that's the big one. Everything we're doing right now, wrestling duels and in tournaments, is all in preparation for Brawley," said Bulldog coach Jose Jimenez. "We have great respect for Brawley and know they have built a really good team. But we begin league against them and we want to be ready. We're not looking past anyone we're taking on right now, but we still have Brawley in the back of our minds."

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While the Wildcats are on the minds of most Bulldog wrestlers, there was still the task at hand of taking care of the Hornets on Wednesday night.

"In a situation like this, where we know we have a better team, I just tell our guys to wrestle to the best of their ability," said Jimenez. "Of course Calipatria was outmanned, but the guys that did get to wrestle, I was happy with."

Of 14 matches, the Hornets were only able to contest seven, giving up seven walkovers to the Bulldogs.

In the seven matches contested, six were all or nothing, with the winners picking up victories by pin.

Getting pins for the Bulldogs were 103-pounder Eddie Garcia downing Joseph Hill 1 minute, 16 seconds into their match, Estevan Jimenez over Justin Harris in 54 seconds at 112 pounds, Luis Lopez at 125 pounds over Andres Correa with 37 seconds remaining in the second period and 215-pounder Edgar Ugarte pinning Eddie Suarez at the 1:30 point in their contest.

Said Estevan Jimenez: "Calipatria didn't have a lot of wrestlers and it was kind of like a practice for us, but we still had to be cautious. Even though we had those walkovers, we knew that if they pinned all of our guys they could have won. So it doesn't matter who it is, we have to wrestle everyone tough."

Mario Higareda picked up Calexico's other victory, downing Isaac Gomez 7-2 at 275 pounds.

Picking up walkover wins for the Bulldogs were Eddie Rodriguez (130), Max Leimgruber (135), Aaron Barrios (140) and Danny Moreno (145). Rounding out the default winners were Harry Ramirez (160), Rafael Contreras (171) and Adrian Olivas (189).

Earning the Hornets' wins were Alex Sanchez at 152 pounds, who pinned Adam Avila 1:24 into their match, and Johnny Fallavolita at 119, who pinned Efrain Ruelas.

"Even though we lost, I was still proud of our guys. Coming into this all I could tell them was to do the best that they could," said Hornet coach Rafael Navarro. "Right now, with this program, we're just building for the future. And little by little we're trying to get there."

Both teams next wrestle at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with Calexico (1-1) hosting Imperial and Calipatria (0-2) traveling to Holtville.

Yucca Valley 40, Brawley 31

YUCCA VALLEY — The Brawley Union High School wrestling team lost to Yucca Valley 40-31 here Wednesday.

The Wildcats (2-1) got wins via pins from Ceasar Mendez (135 pounds), Steven Moreno (145) and Richie Arriquive (heavyweight). David Villagran (119) won by technical fall 17-0 and Bobby Velasco scored the other Brawley with a 10-5 decision.

The Wildcat junior varsity won 43-18, as did the freshmen 48-30.

Brawley will be back in action Friday at the Lemoore duels.

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