Wrestlers defeat Oceanside 51-18 on Senior Night
By Bill Tamburrino
The Bulldog wrestling team defeated Oceanside 51-18 before a big Senior Night crowd Jan. 23, to remain undefeated in the Valley League.
The Dawgs are in the driver’s seat on the road to the league title.
On Jan. 25, the wrestling team took third place at the San Pasqual Tournament despite sending two of its best wrestlers to a tournament at Canyon Springs in Moreno Valley.
At the Oceanside match, Jordan Castro (106) got the Bulldogs off to a good start as he recorded a pin over Brian Betancourt in 1:12 in the opening bout. Devon Parsons (115) lost by fall to Anton De la Cruz and the score was tied at 6, after the first two light-weight bouts
Beau Bailey (120) lost a decision to Joe Sosa and the Pirates had a 9-6 lead. Vince Adair (126) recorded a major decision over Isaiah Flores to give the Dawgs a lead that they would not relinquish.
Logan White (132) and Jordan Smith then battled in the most exciting bout of the match. White led 4-3 after one period and 6-4 going into the final two minutes. Smith then rallied to take an 8-9 lead with less than a minute remaining in the bout. White rallied for a reversal in the final seconds to record a 10-9 decision to give the Dawgs a 13-9 lead.
Arturo Osario (138) recorded a pin over Gustavo Villa Cruz in 3:10. Lee Hernandez lost a decision in the 145 bout and the score was 19-12 with Oceanside within reach.
Troy Jordan made his season debut in the 152 bout and showed no signs of rust as he pinned Shane Becker in 5:31. Oceanside then mounted another rally as Carlos Vasquez beat Kevin Carmona (160) by fall in 2:29 to make it a 25-18 match.
Ramona then won the last five bouts of the match to secure the victory.
Alex Gomez led the charge with a 15-0 technical fall over William Betancourt in the 170 bout. Brian Fonseca (182) recorded a decision over Sergio Garcia. Raul Briseno won by forfeit and the score was 39-19.
Trae Rodriguez recorded the fastest fall of the night in the 220 bout as he pinned Nalu Pepelalu in 51 seconds. Heavyweight Leo Duron ended the match in style by pinning Sam Laga in 2:12 to make Senior Night a success.
The Bulldogs could have possibly won first place at the San Pasqual tournament last Saturday had Rodriguez and Briseno participated. Coach David Tomaino sent the two wrestlers to Canyon Springs to benefit from better competition in their weight divisions and get ready for the upcoming CIF, Masters and State tournaments. Rodriguez and Briseno each took seventh place at Canyon Springs.
At San Pasqual, Adair and Jordan won championships by going undefeated in the tourney. Adair’s victory avenged a loss that he had last season to a wrestler from Cathedral Catholic at the Masters. Jordan was the eighth seed in the tourney and he knocked off the first seed and pinned his way to a championship.
Osario reached the finals and took second place. White brought home the third place medal. Austin Koch placed fifth. Alex Gomez and Duron placed sixth in their divisions.
The Dawgs will finish Valley League action on the road as they travel to Orange Glen Thursday night and finish at Del Norte on Feb. 5.
- Pirates forfeit five weights in Bulldog wrestlers 56-13 victory
- Bulldog wrestlers defeat top 10 team Vista Panthers
- Senior Night is an easy win for wrestlers
- Wrestlers hold down Oceanside, square off with Poway this week
- Bulldog wrestlers lose to Westview
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