Beeville’s Brandon Francisco (left) and Highlands’ Jared Cephas lean in to tie up during their 182-pound match on Jan. 28. Francisco went on to beat Cephas 18-12 in the night’s most entertaining match.
Beeville’s Josie Hodges (rear) cradles her opponent trying to get a pin during her match in the Highlands dual at a triangular on Jan. 28.
BEEVILLE – The A.C. Jones wrestling team split its two duals as part of a triangular at Marion B. Horton Gymnasium on Jan. 28.
The Trojans downed Uvalde 54-12 in the night’s second dual, then fell 42-30 to Highlands in the nightcap.
The win over Uvalde featured eight forfeit victories for Beeville.
David Villarreal, Ethan Hodges, Jesse Castro, Seth Hodges, Brandon Francisco, Jaden Lightheart, Ernest Gomez and Jacob Perez each won by forfeit for the Trojans.
Joseph Ramirez had the Trojans’ lone non-forfeit victory in the 160-pound match, which was the second match of the dual.
Ramirez got the first takedown and quickly claimed a near fall, then, with 39 seconds left in the opening period, he claimed the pin over Edgar Sanchez.
The first match, 138, of the dual went to Uvalde’s Jonathan Hernandez. He pinned Benito Virillas in 41 seconds.
Uvalde’s Jesse Davila won the 120-pound match to finish the dual. Leading 7-1 after a takedown and a pair of near falls in the first period, Davila pinned Lorenzo Salazar 18 seconds into the second period.
In the lone girls match of the dual, Uvalde’s Adelhyda Perez pinned Alethea Camareno 24 seconds into the second period.
The Highlands dual featured a nearly-full slate of matches with only four forfeits, two for each side.
Villarreal and E. Hodges had the forfeit wins for Beeville at 113 and 126, respectively. Highlands won by forfeit at 145 and 170.
The dual started at 132 with a victory for the Trojans. After scoring the initial takedown, Castro scored a pinfall victory at the 1:51 mark of the first period over Uvalde’s Alex Rocha.
Uvalde rattled off three wins by pin and two by forfeit over the next five matches to go in front.
At 138, Joseph Santos pinned Virillas in 1:28. After the forfeit at 145, Joseph Mangaccat pinned S. Hodges at 152 in 2:27 to make it 18-6 Owls.
Misael Chapa followed that with a 58-second pinfall victory over Ramirez at 160.
The Owls’ forfeit victory at 170 made it 30-6.
Brandon Francisco snapped the Trojan losing skid with an 18-12 win at 182 over Jared Cephas in what was perhaps the night’s most entertaining match.
Francisco built a 6-2 lead in the opening period thanks to a trio of takedowns, then quickly went ahead 10-3 on two more takedowns after Cephas chose to go neutral after the first.
After the second takedown, Francisco finally rolled Cephas, claiming three more points on a near fall to go up 13-3.
Cephas survived, though, and rallied back. He scored his first takedown on Francisco and then turned him for a near fall, making it 13-8.
Francisco survived the near fall and scored an escape late in the period to take a 14-8 lead into the final period.
Francisco chose neutral to start the third, which Cephas capitalized on for the period’s first takedown.
Francisco, after a warning for stalling, reversed out from underneath to take control.
Cephas scored an escape shortly thereafter, but Francisco answered with another takedown, his sixth of the match.
Cephas again escaped, but not until the final seconds, giving Francisco the decision.
Highland won the next two matches by pinfall. Kyle Ellis beat Lightheart in 3:25 at 195 and Antonio Hernandez beat Gomez in 3:24 at 220.
Perez got Beeville another win in the heavyweight match with an 8-3 decision over Joe Martinez.
Perez led 2-0 on the strength of the first period’s only takedown, then, from the down position, went up 3-0 on technical violation and 5-0 on a reversal.
Martinez scored an escape and then a quick takedown to make it 5-3, but Perez escaped late in the period for a 6-3 lead going to the final period.
Martinez chose neutral to start the third, but Perez scored the first takedown for the match’s final points.
That made it 42-12 Highlands.
The final match of the dual saw Salazar claim a pin late in the second round over Brandon Trueblood.
The match was tied at 4 after the first period. Trueblood chose down and quickly scored a reversal.
A technical violation on Trueblood made it 6-5, but he pushed the lead to 8-5 with a near fall.
Salazar fought off his back, though, and reversed into control, then quickly turned Trueblood and scored the fall at the 3:47 mark.
E. Hodges’ forfeit win capped the dual and provided Beeville’s final points in the loss.
The only official girls match of the dual saw Beeville’s Josie Hodges lose by pin in the second period. Hodges led 8-4 after one on the strength of two near falls, but a minute into the second, she got turned and was pinned at the 3:00 mark.
Beeville swept through all three of its matches at a quadrangular at McCallum on Jan. 23.
The Trojans beat Connally 48-27, Crockett 42-35 and host McCallum 42-27.
Against Connally, Villarreal won by pin at 113, E. Hodges won by pin at 126, Castro won by pin at 132, Virillas won by forfeit at 138, S. Hodges won by forfeit at 152, Ramirez won by forfeit at 160, Francisco won by pin at 182 and Gomez won by pin at 220.
Against Crockett, Villarreal won by forfeit at 113, E. Hodges won by pin at 126, Castro won by pin at 132, Virillas won 17-11 at 138, Francisco won by forfeit at 182, Lightheart won by pin at 195, Gomez won by pin at 220 and Perez won 4-0 at heavyweight.
Against McCallum, Villarreal won by forfeit at 113, E. Hodges won by pin at 126, Virillas won by forfeit at 138, Ramirez won by pin at 160, Francisco won by pin at 182, Lightheart won by forfeit at 195 and Gomez won by pin at 220.