Seniors always have the most invested in a rivalry, and Davis’ Juan Lopez was the ideal elder statesman to lead the Pirates in their annual wrestling clash with Eisenhower on Tuesday.
Aiming to complete a four-year sweep against the Cadets, Lopez did exactly that with a technical fall at 120 pounds and Davis cruised to a 59-15 victory in a Columbia Basin Big Nine match at Ike Gym.
“Winning tonight was a pretty big deal to me because I wanted to go 4-0 against Ike and I wanted to help us keep the streak going,” said Lopez, referring to Davis’ dual-meet win streak over the Cadets that has now reached eight years. “It feels good because we’ve been training hard and looking forward to this.”
With eight of the 14 matches completed, and despite giving away forfeits at 152 and 285 pounds, Eisenhower was within 27-15 after Cameron Manjarrez’s fall at 106.
But Davis’ lineup was solid from the light to middle weights, and the Pirates closed the match on a 32-0 run. That included pins in the final three pairings by T.J. Morehouse, Diego Badillo and Jose Belman.
“The kids showed great heart today,” said Davis co-coach Rolando Garcia. “We had a few young kids in there and they competed very well.”
Highlighting that bunch for Davis was freshman Jecsan Perez, who trailed in the third period of the 220 match to Carlos Acevedo but managed a reversal and pin with 53 seconds left.
Garcia was also impressed with the effort of Laith Saldana, who pulled out a hard-fought 11-9 win over Omar Acevedo at 126. Both wrestlers recorded back points in the first period before Saldana used his conditioning to edge ahead.
“It would’ve been nice to have this match a little later in the season,” Garcia added. “Both of us traveled to tournaments on Saturday and had a day to prepare. But it was great to see our kids handle it well and compete hard. Now we get ready for Saturday.”
Saturday would be the 22nd annual SunDome Mat Classic, which will draw 25 teams. That all-day tourney will mark the end of a busy nine days that included two CBBN matches for both teams and invitational trips to Spokane for Eisenhower and Silverdale for Davis.
“The SunDome is a lot of fun,” said Lopez, who improved to 8-1 and might get a rematch of his lone loss to Granger’s Ricky Almaguer on Saturday. “I’m at 120 now and looking to get down to 113, but competing at 120 in the SunDome will be good for me. It’s great competition.”
DAVIS 59, EISENHOWER 15
152: Alex Cervantes (D) won by forfeit. 160: Juan Badillo (D) p. Riley Dampier, :47. 170: Andres Acevedo (E) d. Daniel Guzman, 5-2. 182: David Perez (D) d. Conner Herrera, 10-8. 195: Carlos Capetillo (E) p. Jackson Lewis, 3:48. 220: Jecson Perez (D) p. Carlos Acevedo, 5:07. 285: Miguel Ponce (D) won by forfeit. 106: Cameron Manjarrez (E) p. Vanessa Mendoza, :27. 113: Ramiro Ortiz (D) p. Austin Johnston, 1:24. 120: Juan Lopez (D) tf. Julian Alonso, 18-1. 126: Laith Saldana (D) d. Omar Acevedo, 11-9. 132: T.J. Morehouse (D) p. Ricardo Badillo, 4:50. 138: Diego Badillo (D) p. Juan Narez, 4:31. 145: Jose Belman (D) p. Riley John, 1:19.