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Bulldogs bury Spartans 50-21

January 17, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

Bouncing back from last week's defeat at Brawley, Calexico High's wrestling team stormed to a 50-21 win in El Centro over Central Union High on Wednesday.

"Last week's match against Brawley was a wake-up call," Bulldogs coach Jose Jimenez said.

Calexico went into that league opener with high hopes but came away 51-12 losers.

Against the Spartans, Calexico dominated, winning nine of the 12 matches that were contested. Of those, the Bulldogs won four by pin and another by technical fall.

"We wrestled with a lot more confidence tonight," Jimenez said.

Central, meanwhile, is looking to build some confidence.

"We've got a pretty young group," Spartans coach Miguel Cardenas said.

He noted Central has just four returning lettermen.

Central hoped the fact it was parents' night might inspire its wrestlers. Parents were introduced before the match and Mario Luna was one Spartan who didn't forget.

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"That was for you, Mom," Luna yelled to the stands, after he pinned Calexico's Eddie Garcia with 1:18 left in the first round of their 105-pound match. Luna had taken Garcia down in 10 seconds.

Calexico, meanwhile, wanted to make a strong statement after the stinging loss to Brawley.

The Bulldogs' Eddie Rodriguez came right after Kyle Ott in the first match of the evening at 132 pounds, scoring a pin in less than a minute. Calexico's Max Leimgruber followed with a pin at 137 pounds, taking down Alex Beltran with 48 seconds left in the second round.

Calexico's Aaron Barrios followed with a 4-0 decision over Cameron Lechner at 142. The Bulldogs' Danny Moreno earned a forfeit win at 147.

In one of the most inspiring matches of the evening for Central, Peter Gutierrez kept from being pinned for more than a minute even though he was on his back the whole time. Wrestling Harry Ramirez at 154 pounds, Gutierrez lost a 15-1 decision but won the cheers of the home crown by refusing to be pinned. His one point came off an illegal hold by Ramirez.

It wasn't until the sixth match of the evening that Central was finally able to win a weight class. It also marked the first points a Spartan earned with a wrestling move.

Marcos Navarro scored a takedown early in the match for Central en route to a 9-3 win over Adam Avila at 162 pounds.

The Spartans' Jonathon Creiglow followed with a first-round pin over Rafael Contreras at 173 pounds. Creiglow scored a takedown nine seconds into the match and won with the fall at the 1:07 mark.

Calexico's Adrian Olivas pinned Jorge Valenzuela with 55 seconds left in the third round at 191 pounds. The Bulldogs' Edgar Ugarte followed with a 6-0 decision over Victor Duarte at 215. Calexico's Mario Higareda clinched the win for his team with a 10-2 decision over Brent Hart in the heavyweight class.

Higareda led only 2-1 entering the final round, needing the match to preserve the Bulldog win.

Following Luna's win, Calexico's Estevan Jimenez pinned Victor Sanchez with 40 seconds remaining in the second round of their 114-pound bout. Adrian Arreola earned a forfeit win for Central at 121 pounds before Calexico's Luis Lopez ended the evening with a 22-6 technical fall win over Michael Henderson at 127 pounds.

Central (0-2 Imperial Valley League, 2-3-1 overall) competes in a tournament at Helix High in La Mesa on Saturday. Calexico (1-1 league) hosts Southwest High at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Southwest 48, Holtville 27

Southwest High evened its league record at 1-1 with Wednesday's 48-27 win in El Centro over Holtville in Imperial Valley League action.

Holtville's Julian Lopez won by forfeit at 105 pounds. Southwest's Martin Moreno won by forfeit at 114. Holtville's Jacob Cerda pinned Michael Seaman at 1:20 in the 121-pound class.

Cody Acosta of Holtville decisioned Steven Gonzalez 5-3 at 127 pounds. Southwest's Gabe Sandoval pinned Colt Snyder in 3:23 at 132. Edel Lopez of Holtville decisioned Pee Wee Salazar at 137 pounds 3-2.

Southwest's Anthony Elizalde won by forfeit at 142. Holtville's Dustin Fusi decisioned Eddie Cortez at 147 pounds 8-2. Southwest's Eddie Conner pinned Steven Hawk in 3:30 at 154.

Southwest's Brian Robertson pinned Darek Perry in 47 seconds at 162. Holtville's James Hawk won by forfeit at 173. Southwest's Chris Gonzalez pinned Anton Nemteanu at 1:13 in the 191-pound class.

Southwest's Raul Gradillas pinned Ezquiel Cueto in 1:08 at 217. Southwest's Russell Osborne won by forfeit in the heavyweight division.

Southwest travels to Calexico for a 7 p.m. Wednesday match. Holtville (1-1) hosts Brawley at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Imperial 49, Mountain Empire 24

IMPERIAL — Imperial High won five of the matches contested on the mat Wednesday as the Tigers overwhelmed Mountain Empire High of Pine Valley 49-24 in a Desert Mountain League match.

For Imperial, Diego Jimenez posted a pin at 114 pounds, Miguel Campos won the 121-pound weight class with an 11-3 decision, Mike Blackstock posted a 9-5 decision at 127 pounds, Mark Takara won by a fall at 130 and Manuel Miranda won with a pin in the heavyweight division.

Imperial's Stewart Cole (140), Carlos Lizarraga (173), Josh Olague (191) and Mark Cotero (217) all won by forfeit.

Imperial (3-6 overall, 2-0 DML) competes Saturday in the West Hills Tournament in Santee.

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