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1/22/2014 6:00:00 AM
Jacket wrestlers continue to look for first IVL win
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket wrestling coach, Frank Borboa, finds it tough to compete with the likes of the rest of the Imperial Valley League wrestling teams as he goes into each dual meet having only nine wrestlers to fill a 14-weight card.

"Individually, these kids are tough," Borboa said. "But giving up five weights to forfeit, makes it tough to pull out a win."

Most recently when the Jackets hosted Southwest Wednesday evening at the PVHS gym, Palo Verde lost a tough one to the Eagles by a 40-37 count.

The Jackets won six of the actual eight weights contested and claimed one bout forfeited by the Eagles to race to a 37-0 lead.

The Jackets forfeited five straight weights then dropped the final two contested weights to fall by three.

"The night was going our way," said Borboa. "But with the forfeits, it's tough to pull it off."

Robert Garcia (108), Angel Gomez (122), and Uriel Guzman (140) each pinned their Eagle opponent while Frank Borboa (115) and Chris Shoemate (147) claimed major decisions 8-0 and 12-3 scores, respectively.

Shawn Garrett claimed a technical fall by a 16-0 edge and Eric Hernandez managed the forfeit points.

At Brawley a week earlier, a similar script was followed as the Jackets won five of the nine bouts but fell by a 51-21 count to the powerful Wildcats.

Garcia and Ricky Marquez (220) claimed pins to account for 12 Jacket points while Shoemate, Gomez, and heavyweight Sam Guilin each won by decision to account for the other nine points.

The Jackets opened the month at the Parker Duals where they competed against four other schools in a dual-match tournament.

Palo Verde posted a 2-2 record as they defeated Arizona Lutheran Academy 46-24 and Antelope 60-33 while dropping matches to Parker (48-36) and Yuma Catholic (48-36).

In each match the Jackets were again giving away five weights to forfeits while winning the majority of the contested weights.

On the day, Garrett and Hernandez each wrestled four times and were unbeaten while Gomez was also unbeaten with one of his four wins coming by forfeit.

Shoemate, wrestling at 152 pounds in this meet, posted a 3-1 mark while Guzman, Borboa, and Garcia also managed 3-1 records. Marquez and Guilin were even on the night at 2-2.

"I'm really proud of our team," said Borboa. "They have worked really hard this year. I just wish we would be able to have a full roster one day. We need more young men to step up and give wrestling a try."

The Jackets are back in action tonight when they host Imperial at the PVHS gym. First match is scheduled for six p.m.

The Jackets will return to the tournament trail this weekend when they travel to San Pasqual for an invitational.

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