1/31/2014 6:00:00 AM Jacket grapplers beat Imperial
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Pictured, left to right: Angel Gomez, 5th place; Robert Garcia, 3rd place; Eric Hernandez, 3rd place; and Uriel Guzman, 5th place at San Pasqual High School Invitational.
Randy Peterson Palo Verde Valley Times
BLYTHE - The Palo Verde High School Yellow Jacket wrestling team broke through this past week in an Imperial Valley League dual meet as they defeated Imperial 36-24 at the PVHS gym Wednesday evening.
Giving up to 30 points and at least 24 in each of their four previous league duals, the Jackets matched up well with the Tigers as each team fielded ten wrestlers for the meet. Three of each teams' forfeits matched with the others' producing double forfeits while each team gave away one weight to the other.
"Finally we matched up against someone with the same number of wrestlers," said Jacket wrestling coach, Frank Borboa. "Ten against ten, and we were able to pull it off. I know that if we had all the weight classes filled we would be so much better."
After Robert Garcia (108) opened the meet with a pin of his Imperial opponent in the second period, the Jackets dropped the next three bouts to find themselves on the short end of a 15-6 margin.
Consecutive first-period pins by Eric Hernandez (134) and Uriel Guzman (140) and a second-period pin from Chris Shoemate (147) gave the Jackets a 24-15 edge.
An Imperial win by decision sent the two teams into the forfeit stretch separated by just six points.
Sam Guilin (HWT) avoided the tie as he put his Tiger adversary's shoulders to the mat in the second period to secure the Jacket victory.
Over the weekend, Coach Borboa took his ten wrestlers to San Diego and San Paqual High School for an invitational meet where the Jackets claimed five medals.
Only two of the ten Jackets making the trip failed to win a bout in the tournament and only one other had a losing record.
"It was a long, tough tournament," said Coach Borboa. "But all the wrestlers did very well."
Garcia (108) and Hernandez (134) each posted 4-1 marks for the weekend and came away with third-place medals while Guzman (140) and Angel Gomez (122) each posted 3-2 records to claim fifth place awards in their respective weight classes.
Guilin (220), Shawn Garrett (128), and Frankie Borboa (115) were even at 2-2 for the tournament.
"Robert, Angel, Eric, and Uriel had a lot of heart in this tournament," said Borboa.
The Jackets hosted Holtville earlier this week in the final dual of the season and will travel to Holtville this weekend for the last of the invitational meets before going to Brawley early in February for the IVL's individual finals.
"We're almost to the end of the season," Borboa said. "This is where we have to push hard and forward."