The Mustangs, ranked No. 1 in the CCS hosted Tri-County Athletic
League opponent, and the section’s current No. 3 team, Alisal and
ran away with the match 56-18 on Tuesday night.
An enthusiastic crowd gathered inside Bob Hagen Memorial Gymnasium to welcome the eight-time defending Central Coast Section champion Gilroy High wrestling team in its first home dual meet of the season.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 1 in CCS, hosted Tri-County Athletic League opponent, and the section’s current No. 3 team, Alisal, and ran away with the match 56-18 on Tuesday night.
Most of the Mustangs wrestled up two weight classes, a calculated formula head coach Greg Varela said gave his team the best shot at the triumph.
Varela said with 103-pounder Leif Dominguez making weight it allowed him to squeeze in a few other wrestlers at weights he felt the Mustangs matched up better.
“We have a lot of studs kind of clustered up,” Varela said. “Leif kind of took one for the team. Usually I let him wrestle up (at 112) but by him making weight that let me slide Jasmine (Yanez) in there and we were able to stick Aaron Gonzales in there.”
Gonzales, a junior, is back on the mat after missing last season with an illness.
Gonzales easily handled his bout at 130, winning by major decision 20-8.
“They were all up two weight classes and wrestling some of the best in the section. But that allowed me to get all of the big guns in there.”
In the second match of the evening, freshman Victor Olmos (125) pinned Alisal’s Chris Moreno in a mere 12 seconds, kick starting a string of seven straight match wins for the Mustangs.
“I was too nervous to realize what I was doing,” the soft-spoken freshman said. “I got the front headlock, got his legs in, ran towards it and cradled it.”
Also earning fall victories: Daniel Barboza (135) 35 seconds, Willie Fox (145) 57 seconds, Lupe Jumenez (160) three minutes, 42 seconds, Andrew Toste (189) 2:39 and Jose Lara (heavyweight) 18 seconds.
“No match is ever easy,” Toste said. “If you count in all the work we put in throughout the week, nothing we ever do is easy. I just took control of the match as soon I as could. Once I got control I didn’t give it back.
“Gilroy wrestling is all about putting in the time and effort, breaking your opponent. And that’s what I tried to do.”
Dominguez, No. 1 in the CCS at 103, defeated No. 3-ranked Johnny Alonzo in the 103-pound match by major decision. Yanez, with college coaches in attendance, dominated her opponent at 112, notching a pin 1:12 into the first period.
Niko Villarreal picked up a 13-8 decision win and Blake Kastl earned an 8-3 decision, wrestling up at 152-pounds.
“We bumped up a lot of our guys tonight and they wrestled amazing,” Toste added. “At Gilroy, we don’t take anything lightly. We know that every meet, every match, we need to go as hard as we can to get the win.”
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