By Bill Tamburrino
The Bulldog wrestling team won its first dual meet of the season as they beat Valley Center High School 47-24 on the road.
“We continue to improve,” said Coach Steve Koch. “We still have a long way to go, but we are going in the right direction. Valley Center has a very good program
and we did well on their mat.”
Vince Adair (106), Ray Lemon (145), Justin Sojourner (160) and Devin Rhodes (170) picked up 6 team points apiece by way of forfeits.
Zach Lane lost to Boyle in the 126 bout by fall in 4:50. Kevin Conroy won a hard-fought decision over Dewey 5-3 in the 132 bout. Isaiah Ilich completely dominated Guerrero by registering a technical fall with a 16-0 margin.
Brian Coane lost a hard-fought bout at 152 by a 6-4 decision to Garcia. Noe Hernandez also battled before losing to Stehley 8-6 in the 182-pound division.
Josh Allen recorded the Bulldogs’ fastest fall of the match by pinning Weddington in 1:46 in the first period. Zach Berg cruised to an 8-3 decision in the 220 bout over Izadi.
Jureall Simmons lost by fall to Bierre in the heavyweight bout.
The Bulldogs finished the week by competing in the La Costa Canyon Classic at La Costa Canyon. Ramona took home a sixth-place trophy and several individual medals.
Last week’s Ramona Sentinel Athlete of the Week had another stellar tournament. Devin Rhodes won the gold medal in the 171-pound weight class. Rhodes pinned Jason Cone of Servite High School in the finals in 1:27 in the first period to win the tourney.
“Devin had three pins and won the tourney with a pin,” said Koch. “That was a very tough tournament. The state champion from Nevada (Green Valley of Henderson) and several CIF champions were there. As a team we took sixth place, which is another example of how we are improving. We go up against San Marcos in the Dawg House on Thursday and we have to continue to improve to have a chance against them. We should have a big crowd.”
Ramona earned seven medals out of 14 weight classes. A 106-pounder, Adair placed sixth to medal. Kevin Conroy earned a fourth place medal at 132 pounds. Isaiah Ilich took sixth place at 138 pounds. Ray Lemon got a medal for his eighth place finish. Rhodes got the gold at 171. Josh Allen made it to the finals undefeated before losing by decision to Brandon foster of Boulder City Nevada in the 195 pound division.
Zach Berg earned a medal for his sixth place finish at 220 pounds.
The Dawgs host the Knights of San Marcos in the Dawg House at 7 p.m. Dec. 15.