Chiefs are masters on the mats

first_img“Once we got out of the middle weights, which is their strength, we were able to break away a little bit.” Santa Fe got pins from Anthony Corona (160), Niko Crouch (171), Marc Rodriguez (189), Lenny Romero and Anthony Romero (103). Miguel Garcia, a 215-pounder, won by forfeit. “I knew we just had to get through that middle part of the lineup and hopefully break away from there,” Garcia said. “That’s what happened.” But there was a concern. Santa Fe, getting a 17-10 win from Dimitri Crouch (112), a 12-0 shutout from Marcus Orona (125) and technical fall by Nigel Villalobos (135), led 12-6. California closed the gap, as Warr and Melendrez took close decisions before Noriega’s overtime win made it 15-12. Santa Fe then took control. “We knew all along it was a battle for second (place),” California coach Doug Loo said. “Our guys did what they did good. We prepared for them and gave it our best. “We just have to come back to the drawing board and work a little harder.” steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: California vs. Santa Fe SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Del Rio League dual meet wrestling title will stay at Santa Fe High School. The Chiefs, who have controlled the league for much of the past two decades, scored another league championship with a convincing 52-12 victory over visiting California on Wednesday. Santa Fe, which finished 5-0 in league play, won 10 of the 14 matches, including the last six, to win comfortably. center_img “We didn’t want to go out there soft,” said Santa Fe heavyweight Lenny Romero, one of five Chiefs to win by fall. “We were ready for Cal High. Coach \ told us before the match not to underestimate them. “\ league really matters to us, but we’re also looking to CIF.” California (4-1) used its strength in the middle weights to keep it close early on. The Condors, getting wins from Roy Ramirez (119 pounds), Ruben Warr (130), Matt Melendrez (140) and Nik Noriega (152), trailed just 15-12 after Noriega scored an 8-6 victory in overtime over Matt Couts. But the Chiefs, ranked third in CIF-Southern Section Division III, took over. They won the final six matches, including five by fall, to clinch the title. “\ has a good team,” Garcia said. “I felt it was going to be a tough match, and it was. There were a lot of touch matches out there. last_img

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