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Coyote grapplers get win over Stallions

Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune

Madera’s Isaac Contreras tries to get Madera South’s Edgar Ortiz into a pinning position during the 160-pound match Wednesday. Contreras eventually got the pin, which secured a dual match victory over the Stallions.


The Madera South Stallions almost overcame a 12-point deficit, but the Madera Coyotes wrestling team got the pin at the right time for a 40-35 dual match victory at Madera South.

The Stallions forfeited four matches while Madera had two forfeits, which caused the Stallions to scramble the rest of Wednesday night’s dual.

Madera South cut the lead to two before Isaac Contreras clinched the victory with a pin at 160 pounds with one match to go.

“They were making it interesting,” Madera head coach Joe Romine said.

Madera South’s Ruben Marines pinned Julio Garcia at 152 pounds to cut Madera’s lead to two in a three match Stallions’ winning streak.

“Julio Garcia is a good wrestler and for him to get pinned was surprising,” Romine said. “These duals never goes the way it’s supposed to.”

Despite having to make up two forfeits, the Stallions beat the Coyotes, 5-3 in contested matches.

“I am so proud of these guys. Eleven out of the 14 weights are freshmen or sophomores,” said first-year head coach Al Lopez. “We have a ton of room to grow. The fight from there is there. To lose by five, it was good. Hats off to Madera. They did a good job, as well.”

The dual meet began with six forfeits to move it from 182-pounds to start to the first contested match at 120 pounds.

For Madera, Alex Linares (195 pounds), Isaac Diaz (220), Vincente Rodriguez (285) and Jesus Larios (113) each received forfeits.

Madera South’s Manuel Cortez (182) and Andrew Moreno (106) received forfeits and the Stallions found themselves in a 24-12 hole before the matches even began.

“We are working in filling a whole line-up,” Romine said.

In the first contested match of the dual meet, Madera’s Solomon Reyes had his way with Rafael Santiago. Reyes took a 5-2 lead after a three-point near fall. Reyes outscored Santiago 7-1 in the third period to record a 12-3 major decision.

Madera South’s Nathan Leon jumped to a 5-0 first period lead over Madera’s Cameron Silber at 126 pounds. After Silber recorded a reversal in the second period, Leon quickly got a reversal and a near fall with 15 seconds left for a 9-2 lead.

Silber recorded an escape and a takedown to cut the lead to 9-5. However, Leon received a point from an illegal hold and recorded a reversal with 24 seconds left for a 12-5 decision.

Madera’s Nathan Galicia didn’t waste much time in his 132-pound match with Noah Garcia. Galicia recorded a takedown four seconds into the match and recorded a pin with 1:07 left in the first period to give Madera 34-15 lead.

Then, Madera South started to pick up the wins. Edgar Hernandez recorded a takedown 10 seconds into his 138-pound match with Isaac Black. Hernandez pinned Black with 10 seconds left in the first for the win.

Madera South’s Malaky Beas led 9-1 after the first period and kept moving in the second period to extend his lead to 11-2. In the third, he recorded two near falls and finally got a technical fall with an 18-3 victory.

Madera’s Garcia tried to shoot at Madera South’s Marines at 152 pounds, but missed and Marines took advantage with a takedown with 1:28 left in the first. Marines recorded a pin 11 seconds later to cut the lead to two with two matches left.

In the 160-pound match, Contrereas recorded a takedown with 51 seconds left in the first over Madera South’s Edgar Ortiz. He rolled that into a pin 20 seconds later to secure the team victory with a 40-32 lead with one match left.

In the final match of the evening, Madera South’s Kevin Camarillo went the distance with Madera’s Silvano Marin at 170 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Camarillo took a 2-1 lead with a takedown at the second period buzzer. Camarillo extended his lead with a reversal with about a minute left and held on for a 4-1 decision and the 40-35 team final score.



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