Seniors end dual season in style
Senior wrestling night was a total success last Thursday against Ephrata.
The senior Jackrabbits opened their final league match of the season by signing the mat and then proceeded to defeat the Tigers 44-26.
Victor Salgado (8-1, 17-8) got the ball rolling at 113 pounds with a pin against Cade Cox in the second period. The senior built an 8-1 lead before recording the pin at the 3-minute, 57-second mark.
The Jacks also got a pin out of Raul Barajas at 126 pounds and senior Jesus Guzman picked up a major decision at 132 pounds. Coach Greg Martinez praised Guzman for keeping his head in the match. He said his senior took inspiration from Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs and turned a couple of shots by Ephrata’s Jamail Bell-Earle into his own takedowns for the 15-5 win.
“Keep your head in the fight, especially when they are taking a shot,” said Martinez. “That’s what keeping your head in it can do.”
The coach was also happy with his lighter weights through 132 pounds. He said the middle to upper weights seem to get a lot of credit, but against Ephrata wins came from all over the lineup.
“That’s the best we’ve wrestled,” Martinez said. “I’m real happy with the light part of our lineup. Our lights wrestled as well as they have all year.”
Sophomore Tanner Wallace came up with a win at 138 pounds against Cole Spencer by a score of 12-5 and senior Ricardo Estrada (6-3, 12-9) defeated Davis Stocking 19-6 to give the Jacks a 23-6 lead over the Tigers.
Andy Vargas (9-0, 22-4) gave a little extra effort in the final seconds of the 160-pound match against Josh Williams. The senior threw Williams to the mat for the final takedown and to record a major decision by a score of 12-4. The Jacks led 27-12.
Senior Steven Gomez (7-2, 15-9) recorded a 17-2 technical decision over Tanner Julian at 182 pounds and Cade Wallace (8-1, 12-6) recorded the fastest pin of the night at 195 pounds. Wallace, a senior, tripped Rolo Reyes straight to his back and picked up the pin in just 31 seconds to give the Jacks a 38-15 lead.
“I had a lot of butterflies going into it, with it being senior night,” said Wallace. “But as soon as I got him to his back he didn’t seem to fight as much.”
Quincy’s final win came from heavyweight Rey Rubio (9-0,19-7). The sophomore pinned Matt Derting at the 2:44 mark to give the crowd one last victory.
“That was a good crowd,” Martinez said. “It was almost like old times. A pretty good homecoming.”
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