team hosted its only home match of the season Tuesday, but the 72-12 loss to Tokay High also turned out to be one of the most disappointing of the season.
“It’s the first home match all year and the first match they didn’t do that well,” coach Pete Mullen said.
He added that the Jaguar team is now 3-4 in dual matches, and one of the losses last week against St. Mary’s of Stockton was a loss only because Kimball, which has just 11 wrestlers on the squad, forfeited more matches than St. Mary’s. The Jaguars still won most of the matches that were contested on the mat.
“Tournament-wise, we’ve wrestled very tough, but obviously we didn’t wrestle well tonight,” Mullen said.
He said the team has plenty of strong wrestlers, but Tuesday’s squad was even more shorthanded than usual.
Tokay won 12 of its 14 matches, seven of them by pin and five by forfeit. Kimball won one match by pin and one by forfeit.
Kimball’s only win on the mat Tuesday was sophomore Gabriel Hernandez’s match in the 135-pound weight class. Hernandez, who has won 19 of 22 matches this year, scored on a series of takedowns in the first and second rounds and then pinned his opponent in the third.
“All day I was thinking that I’ve got to give my best out there, because it’s our only home meet and my only chance to show my school that I’m representing them,” he said. “I was pumped all day and really excited to get in there and wrestle.”
Kimball’s last match before the Tri-City Athletic League tournament Feb. 13 will be today at West High in a three-way meet with Kimball, West and McNair. All three teams will have junior varsity dual matches, and West and McNair will have a varsity dual match.
Tracy 44, Chavez 27
Tracy won another dual match at Chavez High in Stockton on Tuesday, advancing the Bulldogs to 4-0 in the San Joaquin Athletic Association. The win means Tracy has a chance to go to the Sac-Joaquin Section team duals at Rosemont High on Feb. 6 and will have an advantage going into the SJAA league tournament Feb. 13. But first, Tracy will have to get past Lodi next week, with the Flames also 4-0 in league duals.
“This was a good win for us,” Tracy coach Darryl Rond said. “It will be a showdown next week to see who goes to section duals.”
Tracy won eight of its 14 matches, including three by pin, two by technical pin and three by decision.
For Tracy, Albert Landeros (103 pounds) pinned Hoa Le in one minute, 32 seconds; Bishop Nguyen (112) beat Robert Hernandez 18-2; Austin Shankel (125) beat Angel Gonzalez 15-8; Chase Nicholson (135) beat Sang Nguyen 9-4; Zack White (145) beat Juan Quiroz 16-1; Kendrick Bergmann (152) pinned Milton Morales in 1:07; Dylan Smith (160) pinned Devon Ramstead in 31 seconds; and Chad Fraga (285) beat Michael Estay 10-2.
For Chavez, Brandon Bacam (119) pinned Josh Gomez-Zavala in 2:51; Edward Piona (130) beat Daniel Nunes 13-4; Jonathan Parra (140) pinned Markell Hamilton in 3:18; Johnny Andrews (171) beat Oscar Gerstenberger 19-3; and Richard Black (215) pinned Andrew Ahwal in 2:58.
Tracy also won the JV dual match 36-21. Jacob Koster (119) won by pin in 1:27, Justin Woo (125) pinned his opponent in 4:25, Josh Williams (135) won by pin in 3:18, and Travis Couch (152) won by pin in 1:26.