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Wildcats shred Bulldogs 51-12

January 10, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS, Sports Editor

BRAWLEY — Brawley Union High's wrestling team showed why it is the defending Imperial Valley League and CIF San Diego Section champion Wednesday night. The Wildcats also showed why they might repeat this season.

Calexico High gave the Wildcats everything they could handle, extending seven matches into the third period and another into overtime. In the end, though, Brawley triumphed 51-12.

"Our kids wrestled tough," Calexico coach Jose Jimenez said. "But you have to give Brawley credit They are the defending champs."

"Calexico is always tough," Brawley skipper Keith Smith said. "I never overlook them. They are always dangerous."

While the final score indicated a rout, the Bulldogs made it interesting by refusing to roll onto their backs. Of the 12 matches contested, Brawley won just three by pin. The Wildcats also picked up points via two forfeits to go with six decisions.


Calexico won one match by a pin, another in overtime and another by a close decision.

Nine matches went by the wayside before any wrestler managed to record a pin. Brawley's Jose Gutierrez brought the home crowd to its feet when he pinned the Bulldogs' Jose Contreras 1:06 into the first round of their 171-pound match. Gutierrez needed just 18 seconds to take down Contreras en route to the fall.

That pin also guaranteed Brawley the win.

Also winning by pin for Brawley were Richie Arriquive and Michael Soza. Arriquive stopped Mario Higareda at the 1:34 mark of the second round of their heavyweight bout and Soza pinned Eddie Garcia with 44 seconds remaining in the first round of their 103-pound match.

Brawley's David Villagran outlasted Estevan Jimenez 12-4. Villagran put the match out of reach when he scored a takedown and three-point near fall in the second period.

Brawley's Cesar Mendez blanked Eddie Rodriguez 4-0 at 130 pounds. The Wildcats' Tim Dowden blitzed Max Leimgruber 13-1 at 135 pounds. Dowden jumped to a 6-0 lead after two periods thanks to a couple takedowns, then closed the match with a takedown, a two-point near fall and a three-point near fall.

The Wildcats' Anthony Cardenas drilled Danny Moreno at 145 pounds 15-3. He opened a 5-1 lead after one period before a couple two-point near falls boosted his lead to 10-3 heading into the final period.

Brawley's Bobby Myers scored an 11-7 win over Harry Ramirez at 152 pounds. Myers only led 4-2 heading into the third period but an early reversal and a takedown and two-point near fall helped secure the match.

In one of the most entertaining matches, the Wildcats' Steven Duran barely held off Adam Avila 9-8 at 160 pounds. The bout was deadlocked 2-2 at the end of one period. Duran boasted a 6-4 lead after two periods, thanks to a couple takedowns. In the final period, Duran recorded an escape and a takedown to go up 9-4. But Avila made it close with an escape, a takedown and then a penalty point.

Southwest picked up forfeit wins from Bobby Velasco at 119 pounds and Michael Duffy at 125s.

Calexico's Aaron Barrios decisioned Steve Moreno 8-6 at 140 pounds. He led 5-2 heading into the final period.

The Bulldogs' Edgar Ugarte needed overtime to win 4-2 over Eric Encinas at 189 pounds. The two battled to a scoreless tie through two periods and were deadlocked 2-2 at the end of regulation. Encinas got an escape and a penalty point for his scores, while Ugarte recorded a late takedown for two points. He then scored a takedown in overtime.

Calexico's Adrian Olivas posted a second-round pin over Mike Ramey at 215 pounds, winning at the 1:34 mark.

Holtville 45, Central 33

HOLTVILLE — Holtville's Jacob Cerda pinned Adrian Arreola at 119 pounds in the final match of the evening to lift Holtville to victory over Central Union High on Wednesday.

In other matches, Central's Victor Sanchez decisioned Julian Lopez, 5-1, at 103 pounds, Central's Mario Luna won in a walkover at 112, Holtville's Cody Acosta pinned Michael Henderson at 125, Holtville's Colt Snyder pinned Kyle Ott at 130, Holtville's Edel Lopez pinned Alex Beltran at 135, Central's Cameron Lechner won in a walkover at 140, Holtville's Dustin Fusi won in a walkover at 145, Holtville's Stephen Hawk decisioned Peter Gutierrez, 10-2, at 152, Central's Marcos Navarro pinned Justin Stiff at 160, Holtville's James Hawk pinned Jonathan Creiglow at 171, Holtville's Anton Nemteanu pinned Bernie Beltran at 189, Central's Victor Durate pinned Ezequiel Cueto at 215 and Central's Brent Hart won in a walkover at heavyweight.

Palo Verde 45, Southwest 35

BLYTHE — Southwest High forfeited two matches and it ended up costing the Eagles in a 45-35 loss to Palo Verde High on Wednesday.

Southwest's 103-pounder was hurt and the Eagles' 112-pounder was suspended, costing the team 12 points.

Southwest's Steven Gonzales won by forfeit at 125 pounds, the Eagles' Gabe Sandoval pinned Lon Curtis at the 4:07 mark at 135 pounds, Southwest's Eddie Cortez pinned Eric Breshers at the 2:46 mark at 145 pounds, the Eagles' Eddie Comer scored a 17-1 technical fall at 152 pounds, Southwest's Ryan Robertson won by default at 160 pounds, and the Eagles' Chris Gonzales pinned Lauriano Garnich at the 2:06 mark of their 189-pound bout.

Southwest's Rene Limon lost by a fall at the 4:40 mark at 130 pounds, the Eagles' Anthony Elizalde lost by a pin at the 4:32 mark at 140 pounds, Southwest's Fernie Muñoz lost by a fall at the 24-second mark at 171 pounds, the Eagles' Raul Gradillas lost by a pin at the 1:41 mark at 215 pounds, Southwest's Russell Osbun lost by a pin at the 1:41 mark at 275 pounds, and the Eagles' Michael Seman lost 7-4 at 119 pounds.

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