Cougars pin down Thunder

Golden Valley wins 10 of 14 wrestling matches on road

slynch@mercedsunstar.comJanuary 16, 2013 

— Eric Osmer knew the potential was there for a long night.

The Buhach Colony High wrestling team was short four of its regulars -- including leaders Steven Strasser and Stefon Gold -- due to injury on Wednesday night, forcing Osmer to try and piece together a makeshift lineup against a formidable Golden Valley squad.

Bad as Osmer knew things might go, he didn't anticipate a 50-18 drubbing by the Cougars.

Criselio Rivera set the tone for Golden Valley, pinning David Ortiz in the 106-pound matchup to open the night. The Cougars went on to win 10 of the 14 matches and improve to 2-0 in the Central California Conference and 20-1 overall.

"It worked out really well with it starting at 106s, because the matchups that favored us tonight were in the smaller weights," Golden Valley head coach Chopper Mello said. "That really got the ball rolling and gave us some momentum.

"We got some early pins and some good major decisions, and in the matches where we had some younger guys, they fought all the way to the end of the match."

Golden Valley took a commanding 28-4 lead in less than 20 minutes.

Xavier Garcia got Buhach Colony on the board with a major decision over Jacob Perry at 113s, but the Cougars answered with 22 straight points.

Christian Vasquez (120), Joey Terry (132) and Ethan Morse (138) all picked up pins to go along with Enkhmandakh Delgermurun's decision.

Robby Sanchez attempted to steal back momentum for the Thunder, pinning Ty Jones at 145s.

The Cougars' Carlos Jimenez (152) answered in the next match. He earned a pin in just 31 seconds and BC (1-2 CCC, 5-5) never threatened to get back in it again.

"When you have four guys out of the lineup it's tough to be competitive," Osmer said. "We have a lot of young guys down in the lower weights and Golden Valley took advantage of that.

"I thought Xavier Garcia did a great job of scoring a major decision against a very good wrestler.

"We just didn't get a lot of performances like that tonight."

The 160-pound showdown between BC's Colby Williamson and GV's Chris Shipley was billed as the match of the night and it didn't disappoint.

The two displayed lots of athleticism and technique before Shipley secured the 12-4 major decision.

Christian Hoekstra and Ty Boden added decisions to round out Golden Valley's night. Boden had the closest match of the night, pulling out an 8-7 victory on an escape in the last 30 seconds.

Cesar Sotelo (182) and Carlos Gutierrez (285) rounded out the Thunder's scoring with a technical decision and decision, respectively.

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