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3/5/2014 6:00:00 AM
Jacket wrestling qualifies six for CIF Masters
Randy Peterson
Palo Verde Valley Times

BLYTHE, Calif. - Palo Verde High School wrestling coach, Frank Borboa, took just eight wrestlers to the San Diego Section Division 4 Wrestling Championships at Mount Miguel High School in Chula Vista this past weekend but had a high percentage of performance as six of the eight earned a trip to the San Diego CIF Masters Tournament this weekend at Mission Hills High School.

"We had a great time at CIF," said Borboa. "We're so proud of all the wrestlers, whether they qualified or not, they wrestled great."

Although the Jackets failed to come up with an individual champion in the meet and had only one reach the championship round, five others will advance by finishing third or fourth in the section tournament.

Eric Hernandez (128) led the way for the locals as he reached the finals in his weight after registering a pin and a technical fall in his first two bouts before falling by pin in the finals.

Robert Garcia (108), Angel Gomez (122), and Sam Guilin (220) each finished third in their respective weights. Garcia pinned his first opponent then lost by decision before coming back with a pair of pins to claim his third place spot.

Gomez had a similar trip through the bracket as he opened with a victory by pin then was pinned in the next round before earning his third-place medal with a pair of decisions in his final two matches.

Guilin opened his competition with a 5-2 decision victory before being pinned in the second round. Palo Verde's lone Imperial Valley League champion rallied back with a 7-0 decision in his next match then claimed third in his weight with a pin in his final match.

Chris Shoemate (154) and Brandon Barron (147) each finished fourth in their respective weights.

Shoemate opened wrestling with an 8-1 decision win and claimed a technical fall in the second round before dropping a 5-1 decision in the third round. The Jacket senior rebounded with an 11-1 decision to get to the third-place match where he lost a 9-5 decision.

Barron won three of his first four matches, one by pin and two by decision, before dropping his bout for third place by being pinned.

"Brandon had one of the toughest weight brackets," said Coach Borboa. "But he hung in there to still place for next week."

The other two wrestlers making the trip, RJ Waymire (197) and Shawn Garrett (134) each opened the competition with a pin but dropped their next two matches to be eliminated from competition.

The IVL claimed two of the four division titles over the weekend as Holtville won the Division 4 crown and Brawley continued their dominance of the sport with a victory in their division.

"We're looking forward to the Masters." Borboa said.

Qualifiers from the four division tournaments will make up the field for the Masters Tournament this weekend.

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