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Stallions dominate Apaches

Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune

Madera South 197-pounder Nathan Chavez recorded the fastest pin of the night defeating his Sanger opponent in 48 seconds.


In its first match since getting a walk-off victory over Madera, the Madera South Stallions wrestling team dominated the Sanger Apaches in a County/Metro Athletic Conference match at Madera South.

The Stallions won 11 of 14 matches against the Apaches on Wednesday. The Stallions received four forfeits and recorded four pins.

“It was pretty much like we were expecting,” head coach Sal Gonzalez said. “We were looking forward to a match at 132 pounds, but he didn’t wrestle. I think everyone wrestled their butts off.” The win improves Madera South’s record to 2-0 in CMAC duals with upcoming matches with Edison-Fresno and Bullard-Fresno.

“We picked up our training after Madera,” Gonzalez said. “Now we have the bullseye and have to finish what we started. This is the first step. Next week at Bullard, then Edison and put it away at the CMAC finals at Madera will be the next steps.”

The Stallions have their goals in front of them and are feeling the pressure of being on top.

“It’s different with the bullseye,” Gonzalez said. “We’re the ones that are leading the way and control our destiny. If we finish what we have to in league, we head into league championships with a piece, but our whole goal is that whole league championship.”

Dylan Miracle at 172 pounds, John Urena at 285 pounds, Juan Lopez at 106 pounds and Victor Wren at 147 pounds all received forfeit victories.

Madera South’s Ricardo Adame recorded the first victory at 154 pounds. After leading 9-1 after the first period, Adame pinned his opponent 46 seconds into the second period.

Augustin Garcia’s 160-pound match was almost identical to Adame’s He led 8-0 at the end of the first period and took a 10-0 lead following a reversal 10 seconds into the second. He recorded his pin, like Adame, 46 seconds into the second period.

Jonathan Contreras only managed an escape point in a 5-1 loss at 184 pounds.

Nathan Chavez recorded the fastest pin of the night at 197 pounds. He pinned his Sanger opponent 48 seconds into the match.

Santiago Casilla, at 222 pounds, earned an escape point and a stalling point in his match. He also gave Sanger a stalling point, but came away with a 2-1 victory.

At 115 pounds, Santiago Moreno was pinned with 39.8 seconds left in the first period. It was Sanger’s only pin.

Ricardo Rivera and his 122-pound Sanger opponent combined for 16 points. After taking a 4-1 lead in the first period, Rivera went into the third period trailing 7-4. He earned two reversal points with 1:11 left to cut the lead to one. He allowed Sanger to escape to try to tie the match with a takedown. However, Sanger got a takedown with 39 seconds left for a 10-6 victory.

Matt Posas only allowed one escape point in his 128-pound match. He got two takedowns and a three-point near fall for a 7-1 first period lead. He earned an escape point and two takedown points in the second period for a 10-1 lead. However, neither wrestlers scored in the third period and Posas recorded a four-point major decision for the Stallions.

Florencio Hernandez allowed three escape points in his dominating 134-pound match. He also recorded five takedowns through the first two periods for an 11-3 lead. Then, in the third period, Hernandez finished the match with a pin with 49 seconds left.

Juan Garcia closed out the evening with a shutout victory at 140 pounds. He recorded a takedown in the first, a reversal in the second and a two-point near fall for the 6-0 victory.

Madera South wrestles today in the Central Valley Invitational in Visalia at Golden West High School.


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