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City College wrestling all set for first conference meet


Dylan Crawford, City College sophomore loses his match against Humphrey Quirie from Cuesta College at the KLS Tournament at the North Gym on Sept. 15th. ©2018 Dianne Rose

City College wrestling all set for first conference meet

As City College head wrestling coach David Pacheco finally sees his wrestlers returning from injuries, his team has put up two good performances in their last two meets.

“This week we’re healthy for this first time in a long time,” Pacheco said. “I like our team, and I think we’re really starting to gel.”

The No. 4 state-ranked Panthers took down the No. 11 Lassen College Cougars 34-18 in an Oct. 17 meet.

City College won seven out of 10 matches with Ryan Ortiz, representing the 133-pound weight class, picking up the first victory for the Panthers after Ortiz pinned his opponent in the first period.

Pacheco said he was impressed that Ortiz scored the quick victory after the Panthers fell behind due to an opening defeat in the first match of the day.

Also at that meet No. 2-ranked September’s Male Athlete of the month Abel Garcia (174) took down Evan Kitchen in three rounds.

Three days earlier the Panthers traveled to Santa Rosa College hoping to capture their first Northern California Duals championship since 2013. However, the No. 1-ranked Fresno City College Rams had other plans.

The Rams defeated the Panthers 24-12 for the fifth straight year in the finals of the duals, and in the process, they also captured their fifth consecutive championship. With the win, Fresno City College will face Cerritos College at the end of the season in the State Duals Championships.

“We had some errors in the strategies,” Pacheco said of the Duals meet. “When you wrestle a match, sometimes you try (new strategies), but you gotta know when to try it,” he said.

Pacheco added that he believes his team can recover but said that they have to learn from their mistakes. “I think the second time through they’ll be better,” he said.

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“Modesto is really good this year compared to previous years,” Pacheco said. “It wasn’t easy for us to get through to the finals.”

The Panthers lost their first two matches against the Modesto Pirates and quickly fell behind 9-0. They were then able to get on the board when Mikey Mello (141) scored a major decision in his debut match at 141 pounds. Steven Abbott (184) sealed the win for his team after pinning his opponent in the first period of their match.

After trailing in the first two rounds, the Panthers were able to get on the board first against Fresno City when unranked Ortiz upset No. 7 Louie Bravo. This prompted the Rams to go on to win four straight matchup,s and they never trailed again. With the Panthers down 18-2 entering the final match, Eddie Zamora to score the get the win for his team as he was outscored 6-0 in defeat.

City College is now 5-2 in duals with their only losses to Fresno City and Cerritos College.

Earlier in the season the Panthers lost 41-6 to Cerritos. “They pounded us pretty good,” Pacheco said of the  Sept. 8 meet. “If we throw the same team we had this past weekend against those guys, it’s going to be a whole different matchup.”

The Panthers traveled to Cuesta College and took third place in the Meathead Movers Tournament Oct 20. The Rams were once again able to take first place with the Mount San Antonio Mounties coming in second.

Pacheco said this meet was refreshing because he feels his team needed different opponents. They were able to see all of the Southern California teams during the trip. “It’s good to go south because we see the north all the time,” Pacheco said. “It just end up being too many matches against each other, so it’s nice to go there and mix it up a little bit.

The next meet for the Panthers will be at home when they take on San Joaquin Delta College in the first conference meet of the season Oct 24.



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