January 31, 2002

cashes in on


By TIM YANNI, Special to this newspaper

CALEXICO — Calexico High School's wrestling team took advantage of forfeit wins in sweeping a tri-meet Wednesday.

The Bulldogs earned a 47-27 victory over Palo Verde High of Blythe and topped Holtville High 57-14.

Holtville, which also lost to Palo Verde, managed to field only half a team and gave up several forfeits.

"The kids wrestled tough," said Calexico coach Jose Jimenez. "They all wrestled well as a team, even the ones that lost."

Calexico took on Palo Verde in its first match and the Yellowjackets' Lester Shinalt pinned Laura Martinez in the 114-pound class.


The Bulldogs' Estevan Jimenez, Eddied Rodriguez, Max Leimgruber and Aaron Barrios all handled their opponents in consecutive duals as the Bulldogs jumped to a commanding lead.

Calexico's Danny Moreno fell to Eric Breshears, but Bulldogs Harry Ramirez, Adam Avila and Rafael Contreras all won their classes to seal the win.

In the Calexico-Holtville contest, the Vikings' Edel Lopez defeated Leimguber at 137 pounds, but forfeit points had already given Calexico an 18-0 lead.

Ramirez pinned Stephen Hawk at 154 and Avila pinned Derek Perry at 162 class.

Lopez, Dustin Fusi, James Hawk and Julian Lopez managed Holtville wins in their classes, but forfeit points were the Vikings worst enemy in a 52-30 loss to Palo Verde.

"Those forfeit wins really kill teams," Jose Jimenez said.

He said he enjoyed his team's opportunity to compete against Holtville and Palo Verde on the same night and conceded all three teams wrestled well.

"I think we enjoyed it (the tri-match)," Jose Jimenez said. "The kids got to wrestle twice.

"This will prepare them for the rest of the season," he added.

Jose Jimenez said his wrestlers need to remain focused and in shape as the season draws to an end.

Calexico, which finished the regular season with an 8-1 record (5-1 IVL), will compete in the IVL tournament next week. Holtville is 1-5 in league.

Imperial 48, San Dieguito 33

Imperial 42, Mountain Empire 36

PINE VALLEY — Imperial High's wrestling team finished league matches Wednesday with a tri-meet win, defeating San Dieguito 48-33 and Mountain Empire 42-36. The Tigers started the season 0-5 before going 5-0 in league.

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