By Gustavo Buenrostro
The wrestling team suffered a 6-4 loss against Rio Hondo College last Wednesday in the South Gym.
East Los Angeles College head coach Ralph Valle was disappointed with how the dual meet went.
“I didn’t think we wrestled very well at all. It was a close match, but something went wrong. The guys that wrestled well, wrestled well, but I don’t think it was a good duel,” Valle said.
He wanted the wrestlers to get off their stomachs so they could go for more takedowns.
In the first period of the eighth match, ELAC freshman Gabriel Rodriguez, who competed in the 184-pound class, pinned freshman Marco Rodriguez to win the match.
The match started slow with a bit of stalling from both wrestlers. Marco took Gabriel down to his stomach, putting his weight on the ELAC wrestler.
Gabriel shifted his position and was able to get off of the mat, using that momentum for a takedown of his own.
Gabriel was able to gain control and pin both of Marco’s shoulders on the mat, resulting in a victory.
Gabriel said he was very excited to show what ELAC was made of.
“I think I did really well. I felt he was catching my legs a lot, so I started to wrestle kind of low so he wouldn’t catch my ankles. Today was really good because I pinned him in the first period,” Gabriel said.
There were some things the wrestling team were struggling with.
Gabriel said that the team had low energy which could have affected their performance.
He also said that some wrestlers were up a weight class and that they need to move down a weight class believing that if they do, they will be in a better position as a team.
In the ninth match, the Huskies got pinned by Rio Hondo in the third period.
The match started out with Rio Hondo freshman Andrew Marco wearing down ELAC Efren Velez.
By the end of the first period the Velez seemed tired, having a lot taken out of him.
As the the second period began, Velez started to favor his right shoulder.
Right before the third period started, he had his shoulder checked out. He was cleared and the third period began.
Still favoring his right shoulder, Velez tried to get Marco on his back. Marco quickly reversed it and pinned the Velez.
The overall duel ended with Rio Hondo winning six matches with one pin, and ELAC winning four matches with two pins.
Rio Hondo head coach Mike Tellez knows there is a rivalry between ELAC and Rio Hondo, since the are the closest junior colleges in the state.
“It was a good performance. East L.A. is good. They are a good team. Our duels, no matter if one of us is good or one of us is bad, or vice versa, it’s always close,” Mike Tellez said.