Varsity boys’ wrestling defeats Chino in first league game
Varsity boysâ€™ wrestling won its league opener 51-18 against Chino on Tuesday, Jan.10.
Senior Sal Rodriguez, freshman Collin Hayes, senior Vincent Narvez and junior Andres Solano Â earned the Mustangs six points collectively with pins. Â Also contributing to the win, junior Hassan Heldermerdash also earned six points by forfeit for Walnut.
The first match started for the Mustangs as 106-pound freshman Ryan Kim was taken down by Chinoâ€™s lightweight Joseph Torres with a quick in down to put the Cowboys up 6-0. After an uncontested win, senior Brian Mariscal got Walnutâ€™s first contested win by earning three points with successful maneuvers for the Mustangs in three rounds plus overtime to put them up 9-6 for the first lead of the match.
â€śI just had to be confident and keep my mind set correctly. Iâ€™m a first year and Iâ€™m on varsity so I canâ€™t get a bit nervous. I just have to make sure Iâ€™m confidentâ€ť Kim said. â€ś[After] I practiced really hard being aggressive..â€ť
Walnut dominated the mat as Hayes made quick work in his first round win with a pin down to earn six points for Walnut. Rodriguez followed with a pindown of his own as he earned six points and helped extend the overall lead to 24-9.
â€śI just wanted to pin him as soon as possible because thatâ€™s the most amount of points I can get for my team, which is six,â€ť Hayes said. â€śHe wasnâ€™t better than me technically. He made a lot of mistakes and stuff like that. I started to get more and more points because it was 6-0 going into the second period and that allowed me to break him mentally.â€ť
In the final matches, Solano and Narvez both earned six points with pindowns to finalize the overall score 51-18 over Chino.
â€ś[The mindset is] just simple, just get the points, the pin and the win,â€ť Senior Zach Punsalang said. â€ś[We need to] use our technique and donâ€™t [drop] to their style and level of wrestling. We just need to keep working hard and practice everyday.â€ť
By Andre Alvarez, Staff writer
Photo by Emily ChenÂ