Coyote wrestling falls short against Bullard
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera 220-pounder Julian Flores tries to work his Bullard opponent into back points during last week’s dual with the Knights. Flores won his match by decision, but the Knights won the team dual.
The Madera Coyotes wrestling team came up with a few impressive performances a match against Bullard High, but it wasn’t enough against the visitors who took a 48-23 win.
“We had some big wins. That’s always encouraging,” Madera head coach Joe Romine said after Wednesday’s County/Metro Athletic Conference dual. “We had hard-fought battles that we won and some we didn’t. Across the board, I think everyone competed tonight. That’s what we’re looking for.”
Madera freshman Cameron Silber was among the wrestlers who made an impression on his coach after competing in the 120-pound match.
“He got a first-round pin in his first CMAC duel. That was pretty nice,” Romine said.
Senior Apolonio Ordaz also put together another strong performance for the Coyotes in the 145-pound match.
“He has been with us for four years,” Romine said. “For him to get to wrestle at home on his senior year and get a big win, that was awfully nice for him. These kids go through so much with COVID. For him to have a chance to compete, that was nice.”
Madera’s Julian Flores earned a win in the 220-pound match with a gritty effort.
“He had a sore ankle. For him to go six minutes to get a win — conditioning has been a little bit of an issue, he has been working on that — I was really happy for him,” Romine said.
The Madera coach said he’s also happy with the effort he saw from the wrestlers who came up short. Romine said the wrestlers are working hard to catch up after being unable to compete for more than a year due to the pandemic.
“There is a lot of learning going on,” he said. “They can still learn something from those losses. It’s all about learning. If you’re not winning, you’re learning. So if they won, good for them. If they came up short, hopefully they learn something.”