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Madera Coyote wrestling places third in Liberty dual

Tyler Takeda/The Madera Tribune

Madera’s Vincente Rodriguez works to get his Golden Valley-Bakersfield opponent into a pinning positon in the heavyweight match during Saturday’s Liberty Duals.


Needing a win in its last match to secure a third place plaque, the Madera Coyotes recorded eight straight pins for a 66-18 victory over host Liberty in the Liberty Duals.

The Coyotes also defeated Central-Fresno and Clovis North to earn the third place plaque.

“We’ve had a lot of duals this year,” Madera head coach Joe Romine said. “We’re 9-2 on the year. We got a chance to see Redwood and Golden Valley-Bakersfeild and this is in our backyard and it’s a good event.”

Liberty picked up a victory over Central, but lost close duals to Golden Valley-Bakersfield and Clovis North.

“It was really good for us to see our line-up,” said first-year head coach Chad Hogue. We faced Div. I and Div. II schools today. Being a smaller school, it was great for our kids to understand what we need to work on, where we need to continue to grow and what the season will hold for us.”

Madera will face a stiff test with a rivalry match with Madera South on Wednesday.

“The kids showed a lot of promise. We’re hoping for a positive outcome on Wednesday against Madera South,” Romine said.

Meanwhile, the Hawks will regroup and prepare for the rest of the season.

“It’s up to each and every one our kids to wrestle within themselves to know what their strengths and weaknesses are and put themselves in good position on the mat to utilize the tools they are given,” Hogue said. “We’re ready to go again. We don’t stop. This is just the start of the season. We have a long way to go.”

Madera Coyotes

The Coyotes opened the dual meet tournament with a 45-21 victory over Central.

Solomon Reyes picked up a first period pin at 113 pounds. Cameron Silber also won by a first period pin at 126 pounds. Nathan Galicia (132 pounds) and Ayden Maciel (138) picked up second period pins.

Julio Garcia picked up a pin at 160 pounds while Alex Linares had the only Madera win end by decision by scoring three points in the third period for a 3-1 victory at 195 pounds. Isaiah Beas picked up a first period pin at 285 pounds despite weighing in at 220 pounds.

In the third session, Madera earned a three-point win over Clovis North.

Galicia earned a pin for Madera‘s first points. After Andrew Castro (145) picked up a forfeit, Julio Garcia picked up a first period pin at 152 pounds.

Linares scored four points in the third period for a 6-4 decision. Vincente Rodriguez picked up a first-period pin for a 33-24 lead.

However, Clovis North took a 36-33 lead heading into the final match. Reyes dominated his opponent by picking up five points in the first period. He then recorded a pin with 35 seconds left in the third period to give the Coyotes the points they needed for the win.

After the Coyotes lost a tough match to Golden Valley-Bakersfield, they lost another tough dual to Golden Valley-Merced.

Garcia, Linares, Rodriguez, Jesus Larios (106) and Reyes picked up pins in a 54-30 loss.

The Coyotes closed out the duals with a 63-18 victory over Liberty to earn a third place plaque.

Galicia picked up a pin at 128 pounds. Macial defeated Josh Kerber, 10-6, at 145 pounds.

Garcia started a run of eight straight pins with one at 160 pounds. Linares, Beas, Rodriguez, Garcia, Gomez, Reyes and Ervin followed with pins. Linares pinned his opponent in the third round and Garcia in the second while the rest recorded first round pins for the win.

Liberty Hawks

The Liberty Hawks opened the duals with a tough first-round loss to Golden Valley-Bakersfield, but then beat Central in their second dual. However, they lost to Clovis North, eventual champion Redwood-Visalia and Madera to close out the tournament.

Against Golden Valley-Bakersfield, Liberty’s first five wrestlers lost by pin and lost another six points by forfeit. The Hawks closed the dual with five victories over their next 10 matches.

Kerber won an 8-6 decision at 145 pounds. Talan Lamattina won by pinfall in 25 seconds at 160 pounds. Caden Morre was even better by recording a pin 23 seconds into his 170 pound match.

Diego Salas won by pin with three seconds left in the first period at 195 pounds. Davey Pombo recorded a pin 43 seconds into his 285-pound match.

In their second dual, the Hawks came away with a 42-24 win over Central. The Hawks fell into an 18-0 hole after their first three werestlers were pinned.

Spencer Gladders began the comeback with a second period pin at 145 pounds. After Brody Harlow received a forfeit at 152 pounds, Lamattina recorded a third period pin. Moore picked up another first period pin.

After Caleb Sisco received a forfeit at 182 pounds, Salas recorded a 31 second pin. Pombo recorded a second period pin to help secure the victory after the next two wrestlers lost by pin.

In a 52-27 loss to Clovis North, the Hawks picked up only two victories while three other matches were forfeit wins. Kerber, Lamattina and Sisco received forfeit wins.

Harlow recorded a pin 36 seconds into his 152-pound match while Pombo recorded a last second takedown for a 5-4 victory.

The Hawks recorded just one win during their dual with Redwood. Sisco recorded a takedown in the third period and held on for a 2-1 win. Carter Dickson, at 120 pounds earned a forfeit win.

Against the Coyotes, Harlow recorded a pin with three seconds left in the first period at 152 pounds. Moore and Sisco recorded forfeit wins for Liberty’s only points.



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