Stallions close duals with win
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera South senior Andrew Barajas closes out his high school wrestling career with a first period pin at 126 pounds against Yosemite on Thursday. Barajas was one of three seniors honored before the match for the Stallions.
The Madera South Stallions wrestling team sent out three seniors with a team victory to close out the rare spring season.
German Flores, Andrew Barajas and Joseph Munoz were honored before Thursday’s match. Also, in a rare opportunity that comes from the COVID-19 days, the Yosemite-Oakhurst Badgers used this time to honor their three seniors. Yosemite’s scheduled senior day was cancelled because their opponent had a COVID issue.
The Stallions picked up wins in four of the six contested matches, three by pin, for a 45-12 victory over the Badgers.
Isaiah Garza (170 pounds), Bryce Walter (182), Noel Garcia (106) and Elisha Angulo (120) each picked up forfeit victories for the Stallions.
Joesph Irelan opened the night for the Stallions at 145 pounds. He trailed 2-0 after the first period on a last-second takedown. He responded with an escape, takedown and a near fall to take a 4-2 lead.
Irelan added two more takedowns and an escape in the third period to record a 10-5 match win and the only match of the six that didn’t result in a pin.
Jackson Smith battled to a 2-1 lead at 152 pounds. He added to his lead with a takedown with 1:06 left in the second period. From the takedown, he recorded a pin 24 seconds later.
German Flores battled to a scoreless first period tie at 160 pounds. However, he fell victim to a surprise takedown and was pinned 59 seconds into the second periods.
Robert Navarro was taken down 47 seconds into the heavyweight match. He succumbed to a three-point near fall before he was pinned with 38.7 seconds left in the first period.
Andrea Barajas capped off his final match as a Stallion with a quick pin. He recorded a takedown 32 seconds into the match. About 45 seconds later, he maneuvered his opponent into a pin with 46.1 seconds left in the first period.
At 138 pounds, Diego Jaimes made it a quick match to close out the dual meet. He recorded a takedown 11 seconds into the match. He then got a pin 21 seconds later.