Vikings take down Tigers

December 20, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

0IMPERIAL — For years whenever the Holtville and Imperial high school wrestling teams got together, anything could happen because the two were the class of the Desert Mountain League in the sport.

With Holtville joining the revamped Imperial Valley League this year, Wednesday's dual meet here was nothing more than an old-fashioned grudge match.

The final result had the Vikings doubling up the Tigers 48-24 to improve to 2-0 in dual meet competition this year.

"I thought our kids really wrestled well tonight. You know, Imperial's not as strong as they usually are, so that was a difference," said Viking coach John Kirchenbauer. "I think what also may have been a difference is the fact that we have more experience than them. Our kids have several years of experience and I think they only have like one returning senior. So that does make a difference."


Imperial coach Pete Martinez said the experience factor was a key in the night's outcome. The Tigers, 0-4 in dual meets this year, lost five seniors to graduation and are competing with an underclass-laden squad.

"I kind of felt that in some matches the Holtville wrestlers were more aggressive than our guys," said Martinez. "And I think that being aggressive out there comes with experience. This year this is one of the youngest teams that I've ever coached, so there's a little inexperience."

Imperial finished with four wins via one walkover and three pins.

The Tigers' Miguel Campos pinned Jacob Cerda at the 1-minute, 9-second mark in the second period of their 119-pound match. Mark Cutero (215) pinned the Vikings' Anton Nemteanu at 1:24 of the second and Imperial heavyweight Manuel Miranda pinned Sam Massey 14 seconds into the third period. Mike Blackstock got Imperial's walkover at 135 pounds.

Winning by pin for the Vikings were 125-pounder Colt Synder defeating Diego Jimenez with 29 seconds left in the first; Dustin Fusi pinning Stuart Cole at the 1:06 mark of their 145 match; Steven Hawk pinning Carlos Lizarraga (160) with 36 seconds left in the second and his brother James Hawk (189) pinning Josh Olague 46 seconds into their match.

Said Fusi: "We just came in and wanted to get the job done. I thought we came out a little slow mentally but we got everything together. I still think we could use some more improvement, but overall, I was pretty happy with how we all wrestled."

Winning decisions for Holtville were 130-pounder Cody Acosta beating Sam Selay 3-1 and Colby Drye (171) edging Matt Preciado 6-5.

Julian Lopez (103), Edel Lopez (140) and Serafin Fregoso (152) all got walkover wins for the Vikings.

Both teams next compete in the El Cajon tournament in Chula Vista on Dec. 27.

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