Wrestling criteria determines winner in Bulldogs’ tie with San Marcos
By Bill Tamburrino
When two top 10 wrestling teams square off, the match is expected to be close, but close doesn’t even come close to describing the Ramona/San Marcos dual meet.
The score was 28-28, however, in wrestling there are no ties. The rule book has a list of 22 criteria for declaring a winner, with the final criterion a coin flip. The Bulldogs made it to the seventh criterion tie breaker before San Marcos was declared a winner.
The match started with the 120-pound bout. Vince Adair recorded the fastest fall of the match by pinning Jacob Guillen in 1:34 (fastest fall is one of the criterion in the tie breaker but it didn’t get that far). Martin Dowers (126) won by a 6-2 decision over Tyler Hulstine and Ramona led 9-0.
Kevin Conroy dominated Joel Thieme in the 132-pound bout and won by major decision (another criterion) 12-2 to add four team points to the score.
Arturo Osario (138) won by fall over Chris Gaetani in 4:54 and the Dawgs had a 19-0 lead.
Jake Ohnysty (145) lost by decision to Ali Skander of San Marcos and the Knights were on the scoreboard.
Isaiah Ilich won a hard fought 11-5 decision over Scott Parker in the 152-pound bout. Ilich scored 7 points in the final period to ensure the win.
With the score 22-3, San Marcos made a run with the strength of its lineup. Alex Gomez lost by fall to Alex Graves (160). Scott Valente (170) lost a decision to Josue Gonzalez. Raul Briseno lost a fall to Nick Kimball (182) and Noe Hernandez lost a decision to Neal Sustaita (195). Ramona’s lead had shrunk to the slimmest of margins: 22-21.
Josh Allen (220) stopped the bleeding by registering a 15-10 decision over Matt Garcia to give the Dawgs a 25-21 lead.
Trae Rodriguez then lost a hard fought decision to Blake Nash in the heavy- weight bout and Ramona led by 1 point going into the final two bouts.
Noah Lagoe (106) fought off being pinned and losing by technical fall and lost a major decision to Cooper Maney and San Marcos had its first lead of the match, 28-25, going into the final bout.
Logan White came through in the clutch for the Bulldogs. The bout was tied at 5 going in to the final two minutes and White outscored Chris Kimball 6-1 to record an 11-6 decision. White came close to pins twice in the final period.
So, after 14 bouts the match was tied at 28. Enter the criteria tie breaker. The first criterion was pins. Both teams had two. The second criterion was least amount of sportsmanship penalties but neither team had any. Third, was bouts won—both teams had seven wins. Fourth, was technical falls, but neither team had any. The fifth criterion was major decisions—both teams had one. Sixth, was first points scored, and both teams had seven.
The unlucky seventh criterion was takedowns and San Marcos had nine takedowns to Ramona’s five, giving San Marcos the win.
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