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East Union 215-pounder Hector Fajardo tries to maneuver his way out of J.T. Goodwin's hold during a dual match with Bear Creek at Dalben Center Tuesday.


POSTED December 9, 2009 2:50 a.m.
With four wrestlers nursing various ailments, East Union High’s wrestling team was swept in a non-league double-dual match at Dalben Center Tuesday.

The Lancers first dropped a close 42-36 defeat to Bear Creek, a match head coach A.J. Reindel felt could have still been won without some of his top grapplers. East Union then lost to St. Mary’s, 40-31.

D.J. Reindel, promising sophomore at 125 pounds, suffered a concussion and spinal cord trauma during the McNair Tournament this past Saturday and is done for the season.

Also missing Tuesday were Jason Cortez (130), Stevyn Teeple (140) and Daniel Vasquez (189). Cortez was sick, while Vasquez missed the match with a dislocated shoulder.

“I didn’t have my full lineup, but regardless both of those teams are a lot tougher than they were last year,” coach Reindel said. “With a full lineup I think we would have had a better chance, but I’m not trying to make excuses.

“There were a couple matches I thought we should have won that could have made the difference.”

No Lancer had two wins on the night, though some wrestled just one match to give others a chance to get work in.

East Union was productive at the heavyweight division. Dominic Barba pinned Bear Creek’s Bryce Green in 1 minute, 38 seconds. Devon Woodall later scored an 8-3 decision against St. Mary’s.

Every match in the Bear Creek contest ended with a pin or forfeiture.

Chris Wells (130) recorded East Union’s first victory by pinning Juan Corona in 3:34, and David Castillo (140) stuck Andy Beecher with a second left in the first period. Bear Creek then scored four straight pins to break it open.

Standout 135-pounder Marco Castaneda grinded out a pinfall victory in 5:30 over St. Mary’s Frank Gallardo in his only match of the evening.

Marcos Aleman (145) and Parsa Davari (152) rebounded from earlier defeats by winning impressively against St. Mary’s. Aleman recorded a pin in 2:53, and Davari posted a 16-3 major decision.

East Union had a strong showing at the McNair Tournament Saturday. Sarah Phillios (103) went 3-1 to take second in the girls tournament.

Cortez finished 4-0 and Woodall ended up 3-0 to win titles. Teeple placed third with a 3-1 record.

The Lancers will next head to Delta College Friday and Saturday for the Bear Creek Tournament.
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