West High’s wrestlers finished their Tri-City Athletic League dual matches Wednesday with a decisive 59-9 win against a small Edison High team in Steve Thornton Gymnasium.
The win put West in second place in the TCAL with a 4-1 record in league duals. Tokay High, the league leader, has the advantage in the race for the title going into the TCAL championship tournament Feb. 15 at McNair High.
“We’ve got to place higher than them to have a chance (at the league title),” West coach Carlos Salazar said. “We’ll be strong at certain weights. It will be Tokay against West.”
In the Edison match, Salazar had wrestlers compete up a weight class.
Senior Carlos Vasquez pinned Edison’s Ernesto Banagon in 2 minutes, 41 seconds in the 140-pound class.
“With bigger guys, you need more technique and speed,” Vasquez said. “Technique beats everything, and heart. A lot of heart.”
Senior Antonio Orosco (162) won the first match of the night in 5:57 on a pin of Edison’s Ramon Juarez. Orosco also wrestled one class heavier Wednesday to prepare him for the league tournament.
“We’ve got a really good team. A strong team, and we’re practicing hard,” he said.
In other wins for West, junior George Rivas (108) won by pin in 4:20 and freshman Greg Viloria (115) won a 17-2 technical fall. West won six more matches by forfeit, and Edison won one by major decision and another by technical fall.
50th Overfelt Classic
West placed ninth out of 42 teams at the 50th Overfelt Classic on Friday and Saturday at Overfelt High School in San Jose. West scored 95.5 team points. In first place was Gilroy High (222), and Tokay (174.5) was second.
West freshman Greg Viloria won the silver medal in the 108-pound bracket. He won two matches by technical fall and won his semifinal match by pin in 5:08 before losing by pin in 5:41 in the final to Javier Alaniz of Clovis East High.
Collecting fourth-place medals for West were sophomore Modesto Silvestre (128) and senior Carlos Vasquez (134).
West 66, Stagg 6
The West High wrestlers won all but one match Jan. 30 at Stagg High in Stockton.
West won five matches by pin. In the 134-pound class, one of the closest matches of the night, West junior Alex Soto was nearly pinned by Stagg’s Gage Ferrier before Soto made a quick reversal and pinned Ferrier with 33 seconds left in the first period.
“When we tied up, I felt he was strong,” Soto said, adding that he fought through after Ferrier executed his takedowns and saw his opportunity on another takedown attempt.
“I think I can improve a little more,” Soto said. “I’ll try to be a little more aggressive in my matches, because I didn’t feel like I was aggressive then.”
West sophomore Jaskaran Singh (120) pinned Emilio Torres in 5:28, senior Carlos Vasquez (138) pinned Layne Willette in 3:20, sophomore Isaiah Juan (145) beat Paul Carranco on a 13-4 major decision, junior Patrick McDonald (152) beat Kevin Culp on a 13-9 decision, junior Adrian Zepeda (195) pinned Luis Valdovinos in 1:04, junior George Rivas (106) pinned Petrona Xuncax in 1:44 and freshman Greg Viloria (113) beat Alex Rebultan on a 20-3 technical fall. West won four more matches by forfeit, Stagg won one by pin and one match was a double forfeit.
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