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EU victorious in non-league double dual

Phillips drops final match but does enough to help Lancers edge Bear Creek

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EU victorious in non-league double dual

Eddie Daube of East Union goes to work on St. Mary's Nick Munoz Wednesday in a double-dual at Bear Creek. Daube led 12-9 before winning by disqualification.

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POSTED December 2, 2010 2:55 a.m.
STOCKTON — After defeating St. Mary’s 48-24 Tuesday night due in part to seven Rams forfeits, East Union found itself up by five points going into its last bout of the night with Sarah Phillips needing to avoid being pinned to give the Lancers a win over host Bear Creek.

The 103-pound sophomore not only avoided being pinned, she nearly pinned Stephen Valencia twice before Valencia eked out an 12-11 decision, which meant that East Union was able to pick up the non-conference win, 41-39.

“I wrestled my hardest,” Phillips said. “He was really strong and I underestimated him a bit.”

The Rams did not provide an opponent for Phillips.

“That was her first match of the year,” Lancers coach A.J. Reindel said. “But she is tough and she is fun to watch. Although that was one of her more sluggish matches, she almost pulled it out.”

Joey Keith (171 pounds) won both of his matches by first-round pins over Estaban Gallardo of St. Mary’s and Mark Macedo of Bear Creek.

“I did what the coaches told me to and they told me the right stuff,” Keith said. “And I ended up winning.”

Against Gallardo, Keith battled back from a 2-0 deficit for a pin in 1:14.

“My first match was kind of tough,” Keith said. “I got my arm twisted down and I thought I was going to lose. I got in the referee’s position on the bottom and I didn’t think I was going to come up.

“But I came up and was able to get him into a half nelson and pin him.”

Freshman Eddie Daube (119) won twice for the Lancers — first by disqualification over Nick Munoz of St. Mary’s (Daube was leading 12-9 at the time) and then by a pin in 58 seconds over Sotheura Siv of Bear Creek.

“These was my first varsity matches,” Daube said. “But I have been wrestling for six years and I have learned to do what my coaches say.”

Bobby Dominguez (112),  Matt Moreno (130), Felipe Duran (135) and Tevyn Braiden (140) all posted pins against Bear Creek.

All four wins by St. Mary’s came via pin.

“I just wish we had the numbers,” Rams coach Frank Gama said. “That way we could be more competitive.”

Lathrop 40, Chavez 27
In Lathrop, 125-pounder Luis Oregel helped the host Spartans garner momentum by pinning Chris Sanchez with 29 seconds to go in the third and final period.

Also earning pinfall victories were Barry Bautista (130 pounds, 2:37), Jeremy Asican (135, 3:14) and Christian Pena (145, 1:24).

Omar Guzman won an 8-4 decision at 152, and 189-pounder Jay Butler pulled out a 6-2 win.

“I wouldn’t say we were wrestling bad, but we were not clicking,” Lathrop coach Dimos Birakos said. “It’s still early in the season. I think we’re going to be good, but we have a lot of things to work on.”

Ripon’s next dual is on Tuesday at Ripon.
— Jonamar Jacinto

Junior varsity
Lathrop 46, Chavez 36
The host Spartans picked up their big points from the middle and upperweights.

Anthony Robles (145), Aaron Worthens (152), Jesse Palin (160), Oscar Munoz (189) and Brandon Parkkdnon (285) each scored pins.
At 119, Kyle Chin came out on top in a 26-15 shootout.

— Jonamar Jacinto
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