Lompoc High wrestling had things pinned down at Cabrillo on Wednesday – scoring four pins in its 51-27 victory over the Conquistadores in the annual dual meet between the two cross-town rivals and the first meet of 2017 for both teams.
Connor Hayes got the first pin for the Braves in the 160-pound class, executing a suplex to help earn his victory over Jacob Calb of the Conquistadores. Dechlan Sparrow (182), Jeremiah Garcia (194) and Nathan Barcelona (126) added the other three pins for the Braves.
Things didn’t start off fast for the Braves on the mat, as Cabrillo took the early 9-0 advantage with Isaiah Reyes using a reverse takedown to win his match by pin in the 132-pound division over Gunnar Thomas, then Christian Reyes following that up with his victory by points over Sergio Meza in the 138-pound bout.
Vincent Michel, however, started Lompoc’s streak of points and pin falls to shake off the early rust on the black and gold mat, winning his match over Cruz Smith 12-4.
Lompoc head coach Kyle Mayse had mixed emotions about the way his team performed after coming back from the holiday season.
“A lot of them didn’t wrestle like they’re capable of. With winter break being what it is, we haven’t had much practice so we weren’t sharp,” Mayse said. “There was a lot of rust. I’m happy with the win, don’t give me wrong, but we can be better.”
After Michel got Lompoc its first singles mat victory inside the CHS gymnasium, Angel Reveles used two reverse takedowns to claim his victory over Patrick Durham in the 152-pound class. Durham appeared to have injured his shoulder during the match, but kept grappling and lost by decision.
Sparrow recorded his pin over Elias Hernandez in the 182-pound contest, then Garcia mounted on Raymond Guerra in the 194-pound dual, with Guerra leaving with an injured elbow. Cabrillo head coach Mike Wallace called his injury a hyper extended elbow.
Wallace, who is in his first season as the Conqs’ head wrestling coach, also said he felt the holidays and the rust of not competing in any meets for over two weeks contributed to his teams’ performance.
“I don’t think we wrestled bad. We’re still a young team and we need time. But we had some rust. I had a lot of kids who left for the holidays and we had three injured wrestlers. The holidays didn’t help,” Wallace said.
Devin Brown provided one highlight moment for the Conqs, getting the final pin for CHS by beating Lompoc freshman Luke Gardener. Despite the loss, Mayse said he likes his freshman’s work ethic.
“Luke Gardener is one I’m impressed with. He’s a freshman but we got him in the lineup and he works really hard,” Mayse said.
Barcelona won the final match of the night over Ryker Salazar in the 126-pound class. As Cabrillo players started to put away the mat, Wallace shared this message as the season continues.
“We’ve got to get on tournaments and matches more, plus work a little harder in the room,” Wallace said.
Lompoc will now head to Santa Maria for its league dual against the Saints slated for 6 p.m Wednesday. Cabrillo will head to Santa Ynez for a three-way meet against the Pirates and Morro Bay at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.