Wrestlers stand out despite loss to Victor Valley

By Oscar Martines

The men’s wrestling team lost to Victor Valley College with the team scores 41-11 last Wednesday in the  Men’s Gym.

“We want to go out there and do our best, but we’re giving up 12 points off the bat. We did some good things that we’ve been working on in the room,” Head coach Miguel Soto said after the final results.

“We got to keep our heads up and stay positive, and we got to keep working towards our goals.”

In the most talked about moment of the night, Justin Corona won his 197-pound encounter after going down in points in the first two rounds, leading to an extraordinary comeback mere seconds before the end of the match.

“He did the right things. He kept grinding, kept pursuing and in the last seconds he got that three-point takedown. It was very exciting to see,” Soto said.

Despite being down 4-0 heading into the third round, Corona never let up and with six seconds left in the match and with the score 4-2 in favor of the opposing wrestler, Corona landed a very important takedown that gave him the necessary points to win the match 5-4.

“I have a lot of heart. I hate losing. I was out for about a week with a concussion and I told myself that I cannot lose on my first fight back,” Corona said.

In the 141-pound encounter, Michael Padilla suffered a head and neck injury early in the first round. 

Padilla managed to power through the injury and continued into the second round, but the injury would prove too much, ending the bout via injury default.

“He jammed up his neck twice on the weight of the mat and on a scramble. He took an accidental knee to the head. We’re just going to rest him up, see how he wakes up and he should be back against Santa Ana College,” Soto said.

In the 149-pound match, Anthony Diaz suffered a one-sided first-round loss via technical fall.

Joshua Padilla would give the Huskies their first win of the night after a dominating performance throughout all three rounds in the 157-pound match, winning the fight by major decision.

Hector Ramirez would also win his fight in the 165-pound match by major decision with a dominating performance which included a third round that saw Ramirez keep his opponent down for the entire round.

In the 184-pound match, Pablo Lopez took an early lead in the first round, but would eventually give up too many points, leading to a second round loss via technical fall.

In the final match of the night, heavyweight Pedro Valdez suffered a first round loss in the 285-pound match by pinfall.

Coach Soto gave credit to Valdez despite the match ending very early. 

 “He’s only got two years experience, and I think with time, he’s going to make some big breakthroughs,” Soto said.

The men’s wrestling team will travel to face Santa Ana on Wednesday.

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