Tuesday, March 3, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Vacaville wrestlers cruise to win over Rodriguez

30 wrestling 01

Rodriguez's Brandon Vu, top, wrestles Vacaville's Kyle Moore during their 134-pound match at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, Wednesday. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

By
From page B1 | January 30, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — The Bulldogs came with their full set of teeth. The young Mustangs didn’t have a chance.

In preparation for the Monticello Empire League Championships Feb. 15, the Vacaville High wrestling team came out in pretty much its full force, rolling to a 54-12 win over Rodriguez, Wednesday.

After the Bulldogs co-head coach Adam Wight tinkered with his lineup two seasons ago against the Mustangs, the coach wasn’t taking any chances in 2014.

“We’ve been looking at Rodriguez as the match for the league championship,” Wight said. “A couple of years ago we had a pretty close dual meet with them, we mixed some kids up (and almost lost). I’m not going to do that again for a while.

“We need to keep these kids wrestling and keep them on the mat. We need to try to keep them sharp. (League) is getting closer. We have a small tournament this weekend. We need to go and keep building leads and winning matches, the things that will keep us successful.”

Led by defending state champion Jeremy Sweany, currently ranked No. 1 in the state at 222 pounds, Vacaville lost just two matches on the mat out of 13, giving up a third loss in the heavyweight division to a forfeit.

Sweany looked in postseason form already, building a 10-4 lead over Ryan Ballard in the first period before recording a pin with 1 minute, 31 seconds left in the second.

Gionn Peralta, a state runner-up last season and ranked No. 1 at 113, wrestled up at 128 and built a 12-0 lead over JoeMar Anicete before recording a pin of his own with 1:22 to go in the second.

Hayden Fry, another returning state qualifier for the Bulldogs, made a little quicker work of his opponent, getting a pin 1:48 at 162 pounds.

“(Rodriguez) is always going to be around (near the top of the league standings), but so are we,” Wight said. “I’ve wrestled some sophomores prior to this night, but it’s time for Jeremy and Gionn and Hayden to start getting their matches in (in preparation for the postseason).”

Rodriguez coach Mike Clarkston knew his young team would have trouble with Vacaville, so he got his team prepared individually to just try to do the best they could.

“The big thing we talked about (at practice) is how much effort you put out (against a good team like Vacaville),” Clarkston said. “That’s the only thing you can control, not how good the other guy is. It’s about how hard you’re trying.

“(Tuesday at practice), we were focusing on a couple of things. Some of the kids were applying it, which was nice to see, but we still could use a little work on two big things that could give us a lot of improvement real fast.”

Picking up wins for the Mustangs were Brandon Vu at 134 pounds, outpointing the Bulldogs’ Kyle Moore 5-3, including three points in the final period to seal the win.

Emilio Gutierrez was Rodriguez’s other winner on the mat, holding off Quintin Cardoza 8-7 in the final period. Cardoza had a takedown with 20 seconds to go but couldn’t muster a near fall for the win. Chris Williams got the Mustangs final win with a forfeit at heavyweight.

Other winners for Vacaville were Chris Shirar (108, 16-0), Alex Myers (115, pin), Jordan Aquino (122, pin),  Matt Brazet (140, 6-5), Brayden Merrick (147, 9-7), Eric Udall (154, 16-2), Zach Myers (184, pin) and Steven Gomez, who got a takedown with 6 seconds left in overtime to beat Isreal Colozza at 197 pounds.

Vacaville won the JV match, 54-21.

Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

US / World

 
Netanyahu assails Iran deal, touts US-Israel ties

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
‘Naty’ Revuelta, who had daughter with Fidel Castro, dies

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
UN warns against complacency as Ebola fight enters new phase

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn’t see his killer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Storms bring up nearly 3 feet of snow to Lake Tahoe

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
4 people killed, 4 others injured in California car crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Federal study: Foster kids struggle to get health screenings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Mom convicted of killing son, 5, by poisoning him with salt

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Well-liked photo teacher found dead in California classroom

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in limbo

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Police chief: Man killed on Skid Row reached for gun

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2, 2 Comments | Gallery

Military judge orders overseer of Gitmo cases replaced

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Snowy Boston starts removing parking-space savers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

Israelis worry about inequality, not Iran

By Daniel Gordis | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
Editorial cartoon: March 3-4, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

Minority outreach that works

By Jennifer Rubin | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

 
.

Living

.

Entertainment

Sara Gilbert welcomes baby boy with wife Linda Perry

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Judge: CeeLo Green in compliance with probation in drug case

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Clive Owen to make Broadway debut in Pinter’s ‘Old Times’

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Television’s ‘Judge Judy’ staying in session

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Pop channel bringing Daytime Emmys ceremony back to TV

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Julianne and Derek Hough to hit the road again this summer

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Ming-Na Wen: ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ role makes me a cool mom

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
TVGrid March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

NASCAR falls flat in follow-up to Daytona 500

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Mayweather and Pacquiao to meet only once before fight week

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Michael Schumacher’s son to drive in Formula 4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
UConn still No. 1 in women’s basketball poll

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Kurt Busch to follow guidelines toward NASCAR reinstatement

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Harrington wins the Honda Classic in a playoff

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Curt Schilling fires back after offensive Twitter posts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Wild week leads to changes across AP Top 25 poll

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
New Browns QB McCown barely knows Manziel

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Jordan, other NBA owners join Forbes’ billionaire list

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
NFL salary cap increases $10 million to top $143 million

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

A’s switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sharks trade Desjardins to Blackhawks for Smith

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

.

Business

Buffett declines to clarify plan to eventually replace him

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
US consumer spending, adjusted for inflation, rose in Jan.

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Ikea launches furniture with inbuilt wireless chargers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Minimum wage in 1 Oakland jumps

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
PayPal to acquire mobile wallet provider Paydient

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Costco strikes credit card deal with Citi, Visa

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4, 2 Comments

 
Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes’ list of billionaires

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

HP’s big deal: Tech giant buys Aruba Networks for $2.7B

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, approaching record high

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Wizard of Id March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baby Blues March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Garfield March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Cryptoquote March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Frank and Ernest March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Word Sleuth March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Dilbert March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Beetle Bailey March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Blondie March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
For Better or Worse March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Crossword March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Rose is Rose March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sudoku March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Zits March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth March 3

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4