Tidbits and Commentary from Jane of the Journal.
|Thursday, 31 January 2013|
La Habra welcomed the Raiders to Clan territory January 29 for the last dual meet of the year. The Highlanders were polite enough as hosts to start the match at the 132 weight where Sonora's strongest wrestler, Preston Gannon competes. Gannon won his match against Zachary Hernandez by pinning him.
Then it was time for La Habra to take charge, Jacob Rosales, rated #4 at 145 lbs. conducted class as he schooled David Macias in various wrestling moves and compiled 10 points to Macias 2, but Macias proved he had some moves of his own as he avoided getting pinned.
Next up for the Highlanders was Josh Sowma who is much improved over a year ago, but at 160 wrestles at one of the more competitive weights. Sowma when right to work on Miguel Sandale and eventually pinned him.
Jacob Tinsley (182) demonstrated that height helps in wrestling just as it does in many other sports. Sonora's Mike DeFranco just couldn't find away to counter Tinsley's inches with the holds DeFranco knew.
Following that match the meet rotated to the little guys and a whole different style of wrestling. It was one of the fasted moving matches of the evening. Michael Rangel clearly demonstrated why he is rated #2 in Orange County by the Register at that weight when he racked up 17 points to Joshua Kawguchi 17-1.
That was followed by a much closer 113 match between Gabriel Cruz (LH) and Russel Rohlfing which Cruz won 8-4.
Alexander Martinez (LH) wrestled Javier Martinez from Sonora at the 120 weight and pinned him.
The Raiders were able to end the night on a positive note and a victory when Alex Moreira out wrestled Ethan Matias and won 6-0.
League wrestling ended with both Troy and Buena Park hving records of 4-1, but Troy owned the titled since the Coyotes' one loss was to Troy. Saturday, February 2, the League Finals for varsity and JV wrestlers will take place at Sonora High School with three mats being used to accommodate all the wrestlers. By 2 p.m. The finals should be taking place. And that should be some pretty impressive wrestling.