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Madera South freshman Tayte Grantham gets his Sanger opponent into a pinning position during a County/Metrao Athletic Dual meet Tuesday. Grantham got the pin just 42 seconds into his 160-poundmatch during the Stallions’ victory over Sanger.
Questions over the youth of the Madera South Stallions wrestling team was answered in a dual-meet County/Metro Athletic Conference rout of the Sanger Apaches.
The Stallions, who feature four freshmen in their lineup, recorded seven pins in a 58-23 victory Tuesday to open the CMAC season.
“It’s really good to get this win,” head coach Ryan Philp said. “We really wanted to start the CMAC on a strong note to get the confidence level up. We have four freshmen on the varsity line-up and they all came through. They all wrestled tough and they all did their job. This is very good leading into the CMAC. This is a good confidence booster heading into the Christmas break. I like it.”
After last week’s shutout loss to Clovis North at the BIG Duals Championship at Liberty last week, the Stallions battled back with eight victories in 12 matches.
“We saw some tough teams and got humbled,” Philp said. “Our league, this is where our confidence level needs to be. We were a little down against Clovis North last week. Now we know what they can do. We have a really powerful team we can put together.”
The night didn’t start off on the right foot for the Stallions. Joseph Munoz lost by technical fall at 152 pounds. However, the Stallions won the next six matches.
Tayte Grantham didn’t have any trouble in his 160-pound match. He recorded a takedown 21 seconds into the match and then put his opponent’s shoulders onto the mat 21 seconds later.
Victor Wren recorded a takedown 42 seconds into his 170-pound match. He got his opponent’s shoulders to the mat with 21.2 seconds left in the first period.
At 184-pounds, Abel Cardenas had his hands full. After a scoreless first period, he was taken down 41 seconds into the second period, but he scored a reversal 16 seconds later to tie the match.
After the second period was tied, Cardenas fell victim to a reversal, but he escaped the hold and his opponent was penalized for locking hands to tie the match at four. In the final seconds, Cardenas got his opponent into a cradle. Although he got the two points to win the match, he got his opponent into a pinning position and recorded the pin as the final buzzer sounded.
Angel Reyes recorded a pin just 26 seconds into his 195-pound match. He got the takedown seven seconds into the match and recorded the pin 19 seconds later.
Patricio Ramirez trailed 3-2 heading into the third period of the 220-pound match. He received a point after his opponent was called for interlocking hands to tie the score.
Ramirez then recorded a takedown for a 5-3 lead and withstood an escape for a one-point victory.
Elgar Garcia didn’t last a minute in his victory at heavyweight. He took down his opponent 42 seconds into the match and recorded the pin 13 seconds later while staying inbounds.
At 103 pounds, Jonathan Spraggins took the early 2-0 lead with a takedown late in the second period. His opponent got an escape and a takedown to take the lead, but an interlocking hands violation tied the score at three. However, Spraggins fell victim to a pin a minute into the third round.
Damion Sheriff had a quick time at 113 pounds. He recorded a takedown and got his pin with 41.9 seconds left in the first period.
Ricardo Martinez recorded the first points in his 120-pound match with a takedown. However, he fell victim to a reversal and was pinned with 3.2 seconds left in the first period.
Vincente Moreno took almost two periods for a win at 126 pounds. He recorded a takedown 34 seconds into the match and was given three near fall points at the end of the first period. Moreno had control for most of the second period and recorded a pin with 23.9 seconds left.
At 138-pounds, Ryan Yrigollen fell victim to an early takedown and was pinned 46 seconds into the match. However, that was the last Sanger victory of the evening.
Jaime Garcia got a takedown 46 seconds into his 138-pound match and recorded a three-point near fall 15 seconds later for a 5-0 lead. He pinned his opponent 30 seconds into the second period for the victory.
Arturo Perez didn’t make it a minute for a win at 145 pounds. He got a takedown 44 seconds into the match and then got the pin nine seconds later.