McNair won the varsity team match, 48-21, by winning 10 of the 14 individual matches, five of them by pin and five by decision. West won four matches, including three by pin and one on a decision.
Wednesday night’s varsity match was the last part of a three-way meet, with Kimball High’s team also wrestling against the West and McNair junior varsity teams.
“We felt we matched up well. We just didn’t come to wrestle tonight,” West varsity coach Ed Carlos said. “They’re the defending champions, but we should have wrestled better.”
The result puts West at 3-1 in the Tri-City Athletic League before facing Tokay on Wednesday in Lodi. McNair is 4-0 in league, with Stagg up next.
The team with the best league dual meet record will have the advantage going into the TCAL championship meet Feb. 13 at Edison High in Stockton.
“If we can come back and wipe this loss away from our memory, we’ll battle with Tokay, and I still think we can win the league tournament,” Carlos said.
McNair’s varsity began its day with a win when Chris Romo beat West’s Trevor Manaois in the first match of the night in the 125-pound weight class. Manaois started with a couple of takedowns to take the early lead, but Romo scored on a near-pin at the end of the first round and kept the lead from there for a 9-6 decision.
McNair won four more individual matches in a row before West senior Hewey Burnett, wrestling in the 152-pound weight class, scored for his team in a hard-fought contest against McNair’s Jaylil Ortiz.
Neither grappler scored in the first round. Burnett finally got a takedown near the midway point of the second round, only to have Ortiz reverse him to keep the match even. Burnett reversed again and made the pin 1 minute, 21 seconds, into the second round.
“He gassed out, and I just took advantage of that, and I was a little bit stronger,” Burnett said. “I was just trying to be really careful with this one, because I didn’t want to lose any more for the team. I just wanted to start setting the pace.”
That pace didn’t hold, however, as McNair took five more matches in a row, including another upset in the 171-pound class, where Dominic Williams had a slim advantage over Joe Congrave in the first two rounds. Midway into the second round, Williams had Congrave on his back but couldn’t get the pin. Once the third round started, the McNair wrestler seized the advantage and pinned Williams 51 seconds into the round.
West’s other wins came after McNair had already clinched the team match: Kris Merrill (285) beat Nexez Marquez 3-2; Ulysses Juan (103) pinned Alvin Ho in 1:49; and Justin Martin Del Campo (112) pinned Michael Nguyen in 3:40.
Wrestling for McNair, Chris Romo (125) beat Trevor Manaois 9-6; Aaron Ceballos (130) pinned Daniel Aflague in 2:35; Phillip Maghoney (135) beat Daniel Mora 14-3; Joe Thao (140) beat Jacob Beihl 10-7; Minh Le (145) beat Daniel Banuelos 9-0; Jim Wilson (160) pinned Adam Crandall in 1:01; My Yann (189) beat Michael Anguelo 16-4; Malique Micenheimer (215) pinned Matt Mahe 1:17 into the first round; and Gray Thao (119) pinned Mitch Selna in 3:32.
Junior varsity: McNair 36, West 34
The team match wouldn’t be decided until the next-to-last individual match.
The event started in the 125-pound weight class, and West won six individual matches in a row — two by pin, three by decision and one by forfeit. After a loss by pin to McNair in the 160-pound class, West won one more for a score of 34-6.
But McNair won all of the rest of the individual matches, two by pin and three by forfeit, with no match in the 215-pound class.
Individual winners for West: Keoni Sablan (125) won by pin in 1:39; Rogelio Bravo (130) won 15-9; Alex Martin Del Campo (135) won 14-6; Darrell Sapiandante (140) won 10-5; Rodrigo Tellez (145) won by pin in 1:03; and Jose Sanchez (171) won by pin in 2:44.
Junior varsity: McNair 53, Kimball 20
McNair won nine of the 14 matches: five by pin, one by technical pin and three by forfeit. Kimball won four matches, and neither team had wrestlers in the heavyweight class.
Winners for Kimball: James Vega (130) won by pin in 5:25; Gabriel Hernandez (135) won by decision; Nathan Pearlman (215) won by pin in 35 seconds; and DeJahn Williams (112) scored three near-pins on his way to a 16-0 score and a technical pin in the third round.
Junior varsity: West 46, Kimball 24
West won three matches by pin, three by decision and three by forfeit.
Winners for West: Sablan (125), who pinned Josue Pajarito in 3:43; Bravo (130), who pinned Vega in 3:43; Martin Del Campo (135), who beat Hernandez 6-1; Sapiandante (140), who beat Edgar Ruiz 3-0; Chris Maroulas (152), who beat Marco Tello 11-1; and Navinder Kahlon (160), who pinned Guillermo Townsend in 1:28.
Kimball won one match by pin, when Williams (112) pinned Scott Romo in 1:21, and three more by forfeit. Neither team had wrestlers in the 189-pound class.
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