RIO HONDO, CA — The East Los Angeles College wrestling team lost a 28-12 non-conference game to long-time rival Rio Hondo College in a in front of a large boisterous crowd.
No. 10-ranked Rio Hondo previously stunned No. 3 Cerritos College 30-6, but throw out the books when these two rivals play against each other on the mat.
Freshman Joshua Garcia (San Fernando High School) quieted the home crowd with a pin in the opening 125-pound match for a 6-0 Husky lead.
ELAC lost the next five matches and Rio Hondo lead 22-6. Husky freshman Daniel Burgoin (El Rancho) stopped the Roadrunner streak an overtime battle win against Roger Arce (Irwindale Northview) in the 174-pound weight class.
Although each wrestler had opportune times to score on takedowns, it was their defense that kept the match close. It was a 1-1 deadlock after three periods.
In overtime, Burgoin avoided a take down by pulling his legs back then countered with a shot that put Arce on defense. Burgoin cut his feet into position and quickly got ahead of Arce for a takedown to win the match.
Sohpomore Anthony Florido (Downey) was the only other Husky to win a match, a 3-2 win against Brandon Ramos (Baldwin Park Northview) in the heavyweight division that had fans from both schools screaming for the win.
ELAC sophomore Johnny Robles (Downey) lost a 141 pound 12-4 major decision to Daniel Romero (Montclair).
Husky sophomore Kevin Valdez (Norwalk) lost by technical fall in the 133-pound weight class to Michael Robles (Alhambra), and Husky sophomore Josue Perez lost a 149-pound major decision to Elias Mercado (California), who is No. 7-ranked in the state in the 141 weight division.
Other Husky losses came from freshman Robert Rodriguez (Norwalk) by fall to Anthony Espinosa (Whitter) in the 157-pound weight class, sophomore Pasha Sabet (El Camino Real) with a 5-3 165-pound loss to David Macias (La Habra Sonora) and a freshman Brandon Aviles (Downey) 4-1 decision loss in the 197-pound weight class to Jonathan Virk (Gabrielino).
Husky sophomore Juan Soto (Downey) was riding a 7-6 lead as time expired in the third period, but was called for stalling. He lost in overtime to Joshua Escobedo (South El Monte).
“We came close in matches that could have turned this around,” said ELAC Coach Ralph Valle. “The Huskies have wrestled 12 dual meets and three tournaments in (less than) three weeks.”
ELAC took 12th place at the 24-team Santa Ana Community College Wrestling Tournament on Oct. 3.
Soto (178 pounds) advanced to the consolation quarterfinals eliminating sophomore teammate Jorge Guerrero (Downey) in the third round by fall.
Robles upset the state’s No. 2-ranked 141-pound Ronnie Collister of Santa Ana College (Anaheim Canyon) in the third round, but was eliminated in the consolation bracket fourth round, 8-5, to Nicholas Viramontes (Bishop Amat) of Mt. San Antonio College.
Garcia defeated teammate Valdez 6-3 in the third round of the consolation bracket in the 125-pound weight class before being eliminated in the fourth round in a 6-0 decision to David Force of Gateway International Bible Institute of Arizona (Arizona Peoria).
Other Huskies that advanced to the fourth round were Sabet (165 pounds) and Guerrero (184 pounds).
Huskies eliminated in the third round included Perez (149 pounds) who lost a tough 3-2 decision in the opening round, and freshman Jose Molina (Palmdale) at 157 pounds who won a 6-4 second-round decision.
“We lost a lot of close matches today (Oct. 3),” said Valle. “We have to work on wrestling better.”
No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Fresno City College and No. 2 Mt. San Antonio College each won three individual weight classes in Santa Ana, but it was Fresno, with more depth, which won the team title.
“The tournament was very smooth and went really well, “said Santa Ana Head Coach Vince Silva. “Fresno showed why they are champions today. They have a lot of depth.”
The Huskies get a well-deserved week off and will compete in the Meathead Tournament at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, Oct. 23.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia