After three duals – two of them by close margins – it was only a matter of time before Cabrillo would celebrate its first Channel League boys wrestling win of the season.
It arrived on Wednesday night, with the Conquistadores pulling away 48-26 over the Santa Barbara Dons at the CHS gym.
The Cabrillo boys (1-3 in C.L duals) won three matches to help earn not only league win No. 1, but their first home league win of 2018-19. The Conquistadores had previously lost to Lompoc (42-37), Dos Pueblos (63-6) and Santa Ynez (43-36) in league matches – with the Chargers’ loss coming at Vandenberg Village.
But on this night, Cabrillo’s upper weights carried the load in the end, as head coach Mike Wallace said.
“My upper weights did a really good job tonight,” the CHS head coach said. “Jameson Broduer and Kaeshon Gilbert came back to win their matches. Glad to see those guys get some good wrestling in today.”
It started with Gilbert in the 160-pound class. The junior with the long wing span overcame an illegal hand lock by Logan O’Keefe and the Dons’ wrestler grappling his back most of the match. Gilbert, though, quickly evaded out of O’Keefe’s attempted grips and managed to pin his opponent to cut the SBHS lead to 26-18.
“It was just moving fast, being quick and using fast reactions,” Gilbert said. “Just not trying to get pinned on my back and staying on top. In practice, they do reactions. We’ve practiced that all week and it showed tonight.”
Wallace was pleased with how Gilbert toppled his opponent.
“He wrestled pretty well in the J.V tournament but as far as varsity is concerned, that was the best I’ve seen from him,” Wallace said.
The tide shifted in Cabrillo’s direction after Gilbert’s win.
Patrick Durham of CHS quickly gained the upper hand in his contest – pinning Michael Esparza Loza with 1:32 left in the first to claim the 182-pound win.
In the last match of the evening, Broduer took down Andrew Morgan with 23 seconds to go in the first period, solidifying the victory by pin in the 195-pound class for CHS.
Ryley Daltorio (120), Abel Lorca (126), Ramon Guerra (170) and the Conqs’ lone senior Joey Giordano (220) all collected wins by forfeit for CHS. Giordano was honored before the matches as the Conqs’ lone senior.
Cabrillo 36, Santa Barbara 12
Cabrillo girls wrestling is now 2-0 in Channel League home duals.
This time, the Conquistadores won two matches and claimed five forfeit victories to seal the 24-point romp of Santa Barbara at the CHS gym on Wednesday night.
There were only three scheduled dual matches on the evening – with CHS needing just one victory there while claiming the other contests by forfeit.
Jasmine Gonzalez, Cabrillo’s 189-pound wrestler, won her dual over Alessandra Urquilla of Santa Barbara by pin. Gonzalez pinned Urquilla with 1:28 left in the first.
Winning by forfeit were: Miiya Adames (126), Destiny Burke (131), Cassandra Ortiz (137), Dulce Lora (150) and Julia Esparza (160).
Cabrillo will now take part in the Santa Ynez wrestling tournament this Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
Lompoc 52, Santa Barbara 41
Three Braves reached double figures in scoring at Bryan Ayer Court on Wednesday night, as Lompoc improved to 2-1 in the Channel League and 8-9 overall.
Kayla Taylor spearheaded the Braves with 18 points. Bella Robles added 12 points and Mya Mendoza included 11 for LHS.
"Great game played by both teams," LHS head coach Claudia Terrones said by phone. "Defensively, we were able to stop the dribble penetration and our big girls did their job down low. Great team win."
Lompoc will now host rival Cabrillo on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.