Leanos said that the first dual meet win will be a confidence-builder.
“We definitely have got some work to do. We had some young guys step up and get their first varsity win, so that was exciting, and there were two freshmen out there in the varsity lineup and they both got pins tonight.”
Every one of the 14 matches ended in a pin, and Tracy didn’t clinch the team win until the third-to-the-last match of the night. Tracy brought a mix of returning and new wrestlers. Kimball, which had only nine wrestlers last year but nearly three dozen this year, includes athletes new to the sport, plus several just coming off of football season.
“Kimball is looking good,” Leanos said. “We came in here thinking it was actually going to be more of a warmup and they did a good job.”
Kimball freshman Trent Nicholson said his team did better than expected, but he knows that there will be many more tough matches ahead.
“This year is going to be a learning year. Next year we’ll get better and better,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of athletes on the team, which is good. They learn quick and pick up quick. We’ll be good.”
Kimball coach Pete Mullen figures that even if his team lacks the experience of Tracy’s team, the Jaguar wrestlers bring a positive attitude, which was bolstered by wrestlers on both the varsity and junior varsity teams getting their first wins.
“I really believe if we hadn’t made some mistakes we had a chance,” Mullen said, noting that a couple of his wrestlers had the advantage over their opponents, but went for moves that the left openings for the Tracy wrestlers to exploit for reversals and pins.
Tracy freshman Raul Lara is one of the varsity wrestlers who moved up a couple weight classes, from 140-pounds to 152, and got a win over Kimball’s Shane Gooch at the end of their first round. Gooch had the advantage in the match before Lara made an escape and a reversal and quickly made the pin.
“I just wanted it,” Lara said. “I think my team being out there gives me the extra motivation From the looks of it now it looks like it’s going to be pretty great season.”
Tracy won eight of the 14 matches: Albert Landeros (112) pinned Justin Morales in 1:23; Zachary Blackwell (119) pinned Markus Fountaine in 1:05; Bishop Nguyen (125) pinned Josue Pajarito in 1:50; Austin Shankel (130) pinned Ginaurio Bechere in 1:01; Raul Lara (152) pinned Shane Gooch in 1:58; Tyler Hoffman (160) pinned Luis Cornejo in 1:02; Tyler Huckaby (189) pinned Anto Bidanian in 37 seconds; and Alexander Warner (215) pinned Chris Sampino in 3:28.
Kimball won six of the 14 matches: Diego Alvarenga (103) pinned Dalton Gualco in 3:24; Trent Nicholson (135) pinned Joshua Gomez in 3:24; James Vega (140) pinned Christian Arteaga in 24 seconds; Nathaneal Kountz (145) pinned Justin Hall in 3:15; Cameron Dias (171) pinned Austin Westfall in 3:51; and Nathan Pearlman (275) pinned Johnny Bruder in 3:05.
Junior varsity: Kimball 48, Tracy 33
Kimball won eight of the 14 matches Thursday, including six by pin and two by forfeit. Tracy won six matches, including three by pin, one by decision and two by forfeit.
Wrestlers to win matches for Kimball were: Jariel Bolusan (112) pinned Patrick Scherer in 5:29; Joel Smith (125) pinned Zachary Koster in 1:26; Isaiah Bailen (145) pinned Eric Luong in 3:23; Marco Tello (160) pinned Tanner Parry in 5:54; Logan Finley (171) pinned Erich Hutchinson in 2:38; Matt Cooper (215) pinned Lucas Furtado in 2:53.
Wins for Tracy were: Israel Lanthier (130) pinned Gianaurio Bechere in 3:20; Michael Frymeyer (135) pinned Sunny Singh in 29 seconds; Brad Johnson pinned (140) Taylor Bosch in 2:40; Christian Cornelius (189) beat James Faile 15-8.