FAIRFIELD — The score did not represent the quality.
The Vanden High wrestling team hosted crosstown rival Fairfield and pulled out a 43-21 Solano County Athletic Conference victory, Wednesday.
The Falcons had to forfeit three matches, putting them in am 18-0 hole before the grappling even started.
“We have a young group,” Fairfield coach Kyle Holsworth said. “We are plagued with injuries for our main varsity team. Its pretty much first-year wrestlers out there.”
The youth didn’t show at first as the Falcons won its first three matches on the mat.
Fairfield’s Ricardo Reyes (128 pounds) was up 2-0 before winning by pin in 54 seconds.
At 134 pounds, the Viking’s Lorenzo McCord was up 6-2 going into the third period, but Rodrigo Lopez of the Falcons managed to get six points in the period, giving him a 8-6 decision.
From there on out it was Vanden’s show – winning the next four matches.
The Vikings’ Fernando Angulo (140) won a 14-0 major decision. including two near-falls in the first and second period.
Vanden’s Albert Bernales (162) opened a 5-0 lead before winning by pin in 47 seconds, and Brandon Dontogan (184) got a 2 minute, 49-second pin.
“We have a few seniors and a few decent guys,” Vanden coach Lloyd Wilson said. “They were down because of forfeits, we knew that. It could have gone down a different way if it weren’t for the forfeits.”
One of the closer matches occurred at the 147-pound class as the Vikings’ Caleb Arbona edged out a 6-4 decision over the Falcons’ Mark Benckendorf.
Arbona was up 3-0 in the third period but Benckendorf gave him a run for his money as he inched closer, scoring four points in the period but it wasn’t enough as Arbona also scored three in the period.
“They did well for only wrestling for a month and a half,” Holsworth said. “(We) just have to work on technique and get more experience for our younger guys.
“We pulled out a couple of wins and that’s good, we just have to get a feel of how the matches go and how to get things going.”
Fairfield will be sending three of its girls to the regional tournament at McNair High school in Stockton, Saturday.
Alejandra Sanchez-Hernandez is ranked second in the section, while Itzia Portales is ranked fifth. Grecia Mora-Caleron will also be attending.
Both boys teams will compete in the Solano County Athletic Conference championships Feb. 15.