Sierra made its first Valley Oak League match of the season a short one.
The Timberwolves were spotted 24 points thanks to four forfeitures from visiting Weston Ranch, but they also dominated on the mat on their way to a decisive 64-6 victory. Mia Hill accounted for one of the Cougars’ two wins in the all-girls 106-pound match with Alaina Castor.
“I’m very happy with how the kids opened up the season and dominated this well,” Sierra coach Alex Nuanez said. “They really took charge and came out aggressive for their first dual meet of the year. Weston Ranch is rebuilding this year, but I like where our confidence level is.”
Six of the 10 matches ended with falls favoring Sierra, but Nuanez was most impressed by a grappler who settled for a hard-earned decision win. Vincent Marquez, who had been campaigning at 113 and 120 pounds so far this season, wrestled up at 126 and outpointed Adrian Angelo, 10-4.
Jacob Hampton was also two divisions north of where he normally wrestles, and he won via fall at 220. Kody Justis pinned Mark Carganella, one of Weston Ranch’s top grapplers, in 1 minute, 57 seconds in the 195-pound match. Jordan Dollar (138), Sean Murray (182) and David Saenz (heavyweight) also scored with pins for Sierra.
Sierra claimed the junior varsity match, 57-30. Berkley Vouen (170) and Amalio Durazo (285) provided the top highlights with their respective 48- and 58-second pins.
East Union 51, Kimball 24
Central Catholic 46,
East Union 30
Jason Betlej (120) pinned both of his opponents and was the only Lancer to come up with two victories. Heavyweight Michael Villanueva, Ruben Gallegos (145) and Enrique Mendoza (132) picked up key pins in the Central Catholic match. Damon Cabanas (126) split two decisions, as he outlasted his Kimball opponent 10-4 before losing a close 6-3 match against Central Catholic.
“Central is pretty tough,” East Union coach A.J. Reindel said. “They have their seven or eight studs but their other kids are no slouch, so to beat some of those kids was good. We showed some spark tonight, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
East Union is 1-1 in the VOL and 4-4 overall.