The Lady Trojans started the evening with five straight first period pins. The first fall was by newcomer Brianna Gobel (119 pounds) and the last came from another freshman, Danielle Perez (102). This year’s “Terrific Three,” according to the coaches, is made up of seasoned veterans of Angela Salazar (138), Heidi Rodriguez (148), and Brittney Rodriguez (185). They all attacked their opponents and dominated their matches, even though Salazar and H. Rodriguez wrestled up a weight class.
Although it is very early in the season, it is a safe bet that these girls will be favored to hang back-to-back district championship banners in the high school gym in February and will be a force to reckoned with at the regional meet.
The A.C. Jones boys started the night off with a roster disadvantage, giving up three spots and 18 team points. The first match was between returning letterman Brent Puga (220) against Moody’s Moises Mendez. Puga easily pinned the rookie Mendez early in the second period.
Trey Montez (106) and Rogelio Salazar (120) both showed extreme confidence as they took their opponents down to the mat and pinned their shoulders flat early in the first period. Second-year wrestler Tristian Longoria (132) hung on to win his match by a score of 12-7, adding four points to the team’s tally.
Christian Morón (138) added another win to his record by out-maneuvering his opponent, Jesus Rico, for the pin in the first minute of the match. Cordell Aguirre(152) went the distance in a three-period battle against Josh Morales and sneaked by with a 6-2 victory, adding three points to the total.
After giving up two pins in the 145 and 160 weight classes, the Trojans were up, 37-36, heading into the last match. The stage was set for Brandon Jimenez (182) and Rogelio Valladolid to win the dual for their teams. As soon as the whistle blew, Jimenez took down Valladolid, looking for an easy pin. However, the Moody grappler didn’t go down easily and ended up reversing the move making the match even at two points each. After a quick reversal of his own, Jimenez applied a half-nelson and won the match and bumped the Trojans up six points for a 43-36 team win.
“We told Brandon that the heat was on and we needed a win,” head coach Terry Foster said after the match.
“It’s good to see who can handle the challenge when the pressure is on.”
The wrestling team travels to San Antonio this weekend to take part in the Charger Classic. This will be the first crack at regional competition for both squads.