Boys’ Wresting defeats Charter Oak

Holding onto its undefeated record this season, varsity boys’ wrestling defeated Charter Oak 50-25 in its final home match Friday, Jan. 29.

In the first four rounds, Walnut dominated the mat with four consecutive pins from 182-pound senior Spencer Hoh, 195-pound sophomore Andres Solano, 220-pound senior Joshua Abeyta and heavyweight junior Vincent Narvaez, giving the Mustangs an early head start of 24-0.

Following Walnut’s early pin streak, 106-pound freshman Alex Chow came up to the mat and was tied at 4-4 by the end of the third period of his match. However, Chow managed to make a one point escape in the first period of double overtime, solidifying his win at 5-4 and raising the team score to 27-0. Next, 113-pound junior Brian Mariscal and 132-pound senior Devin Robles added on to the lead to make the score 38-0.

“I was just a little nervous going into this match, but I believed in my technique and my training,” Chow said. “I just knew I had to keep him down for thirty seconds. After that, I would win. It was very exciting for me. I knew I had to win it for the team, [and] win it for the seniors.”

Walnut gave up 25 points to the Chargers with losses from 126-pound sophomore Sam Moreno, 138-pound senior Kevin Rubio, 152-pound junior Luis Ibarra, 120-pound senior Julian Cervantes and 145-pound sophomore Christian Elias, making the score 35-28.

“There was a couple of our guys whose experience level was not the same as theirs. So, a couple of our guys lost, but they did exactly as they were supposed to do,” former coach Paul Hirigoyen, who came back just for this duel, said. “They wrestled to their full capabilities. They did everything they could for their team. So, whether they win or lose, as long as they keep their head up and wrestle tough, that’s all that matters.”

170-pound senior Micah Maes finished the night with a total of six takedowns before scoring a pin, bringing Walnut one step closer to a second undefeated league championship with its new record of 4-0.

“We just really brought everything to the table, and I was proud of our performance except for a couple of people I knew should have won,” Robles said. “It was kind of sad because it is my last [duel] of my entire career, but it’s good to go out with a pin and a win. I’ll leave this school proud and happy, knowing that we were able to cap it off once we get that back-to-back league championship.”

The Mustangs will wrestle against Chino in an away duel Tuesday, Feb. 2.

By Kevin Arifin, Staff writer
Photo by Casey Lee