Coyotes edge Stallions for dual title
Through the first 12 matches of the dual, the Madera Coyotes held a narrow edge over the Madera South Stallions wrestling team.
Trailing by nine, Madera South needed a win to have a chance of a victory in the final two matches. Madera’s Kyle Mask held off Madera South’s Jesse Chavez for the final 51 seconds to earn a 2-1 victory and give the Coyotes a 38-26 lead and clinch the dual match win at Madera South.
In the first meeting between the two teams for a championship in any sport proved to be a close fought affair throughout the night. Madera won four matches in a row, but Madera South won three of the next four to set up the final two matches of the evening.
After losing the first match on a disqualification, Joe Romine’s Coyotes won the next two matches and six of the next seven to take control of the dual meet.
The win gave the Coyotes the dual meet championship in the County/Metro Athletic Conference while the Stallions finished second.
Coyotes pull away for fifth straight title
In the years of the rivalry between the Madera and Madera South wrestling programs, no other match meant more than this year’s team dual.
With both teams coming into the final County/Metro Athletic Conference dual meet of the season with identical 3-0 records, the winner will clinch at least a share of the CMAC title with the full title to be determined at the CMAC championship at Bullard.
Madera jumped out to an early lead, but the Stallions scored three straight wins to cut it the lead to three. Madera then won two more matches before a pin cut the lead down to four.
The Coyotes closed the door with five straight victories for a 46-18 match win to capture their fifth straight CMAC championship in Joe Flores Gym.
Valley Champion Alec Gamboa got a rare match in a dual meet and had to go up a weight class to help the team. He pinned his opponent at 220 pounds and his replacement at 195 pounds, Luis Rodriguez, also won his match.
Coyotes win dual over Stallions
When the County/Metro Athletic Conference wrestling Championships wrap up at Edison-Fresno, expect to see a lot of Coyotes and Stallions wearing medals on the podium.
After the performance that both teams put on in the final regular season CMAC dual in Madera South’s West Gym, it’s easy to see why Bullard-Fresno, Edison and Sanger should be worried.
With a 38-24 win over the Stallions, the Coyotes finished 4-0 in league duals and clinched at least a share of the CMAC title — the program’s sixth consecutive league championship.
For Madera South head coach Sal Gonzalez, having the title come down to the Stallions or Coyotes will be a win-win situation for the town.
Coyotes beat Stallions in CMAC
Although the Madera and Madera South girls soccer teams ended the regular season going in opposition directions, both squads have one destination in mind — the CIF section Div. II championship game.
With a 1-0 win over the Stallions in Memorial Stadium, the Coyotes ended County/Metro Athletic Conference play with four wins in a row and a 7-3 league record —s falling short of reclaiming another title claimed by Bullard-Fresno.
Madera South, which began CMAC 6-0, tailed off in its final four games — going 0-3-1.
In the first three minutes of the game, Madera four-year varsity veteran Anissia Gonzalez won a footrace with the defender and struck in the eventual game-winning goal.
From that point, the combined defense of Karina Gil, Mia Alvarez, Yvette Zuniga, Anyssa Garcia, Carissa Childers, Patricia Romero and goalkeeper Jasmine Gaona did the rest.
Coyotes get fourth straight win
After a week in which the Madera Coyote girls basketball team lost two straight games and their coach lost a loved one, the Coyotes have come roaring back.
With a 53-43 victory over the Sanger Apaches, the Coyotes won their fourth straight game and have put themselves back into the Div. III playoff race.
The Coyotes lost to San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno Panthers on the same day head coach Jason Smith lost his father. Without guard Ashley Hansen and losing guard Maria Hernandez early, the Coyotes lost two days later to Sanger, 60-50.