Davis Edges Wenatchee in Wrestling
WENATCHEE, WA – The Wenatchee Panthers wrestling match with Davis Tuesday came down to the final match. The way the pre-match draw worked, Coach Ed Valdez knew he’d have bookend forfeits at the beginning of the match at 120 pounds and then at the end of the match at 113 pounds, Wenatchee would need to build a big lead in the middle and heavier weights to have a chance in the dual.
Davis built a big lead early, after receiving 6 teams points with the forfeit at 113 pounds, Josh Fernandez defeated Wenatchee’s Julio Garcia 15-0 at 126 pounds and Cameron Guerin bettered Leo Gutzwiler 17-1 at 132 pounds. Malaciah Cook followed with a 2nd round pin of Alan Suan as Davis took a 22-0 lead in the match.
Jerdan Velazquez helped turn the tide for Wenatchee with an 18-second pin of Oliver Hernandez at 145 pounds. Emiliano Mata countered with a pin at 152 pounds to make the team score 28-6 advantage Pirates.
Wenatchee’s Pedro Acevedo managed a fall with 10-seconds remaining in the second round of his 160-pound match with Andres Nunez to close the gap to 28-12. Following a 9-3 loss by Kian Davis to Jordan Alcala at 170 pounds, Ronin Haynes won by fall in the second round in his 182 pound match with Davis’ Juan Belman.
Panther Coach Ed Valdez Knew Forfeits Could Hurt
Wenatchee coach Ed Valdez said he knew they’d have to wrestle well in the heavier weights to have a chance in the match. “Yeah, giving up 12-points with two forfeits in the lighter weights meant we’d have to come through up above (in heavier weights),” said Valdez.
Lucas Carranza was one of those who came through in his 195 pound match against Davis’ Alex Huizar. “Castanza”, as Coach Valdez refers to him, out-pointed Huizar 9-1 to cut the team score to 31-21. Jose Galarza earned a first round pin at 220 pounds and then Andy Jiminez-Manriquez pinned his opponent in just 24-seconds to put Wenatchee up by a score of 34-31 with one match and one forfeit to go. So it would all come down to the 106 pound match between Wenatchee’s Javier Arragon and the Pirate’s Dominic Sowers.
Neither wrestler could gain the advantage through the first two minutes. Sowers would take the down position in the second and just as Arragon was whistled for an illegal hold, the match was stopped for Javier’s bloody nose. Sowers was awarded the penalty point, which would hold until the 3rd round. With Arragon on the bottom, Sowers was able to tip him for near-fall points and then use the same hold to earn a pin with 38-seconds remaining in the match.
Sowers’ win, combined with a forfeit at 113 pounds for Wenatchee, gave Davis a 43-34 victory in the match to improve to 1-and-1 on the season. The Panthers fell to 0-and-2 with the loss.