La Quinta wrestling rolls over Coachella Valley

La Quinta wrestling rolls over Coachella Valley


La Quinta wrestling rolls over Coachella Valley



The La Quinta High School wrestling team reeled off nine victories in a row to begin the match against the outclassed team from Coachella Valley and walk away with the 52-24 win Wednesday.

The Arabs finally made a run after falling down 46-0, winning four of the last five matches, but by then they were already mathematically defeated.

“We did a pretty good job, a good week of practice was key. We were doing a lot of different things in practice and I think that helped us out,” said first-year La Quinta head coach Ron Perez. “Brian Ramirez (at 145 pounds) did a really good job for us. Brian went after it, was very aggressive, did what we worked on and it worked out good for us.”

Ramirez pinned Coachella Valley’s Daniel Trujillo with 4:40 left in the third period.

“It was a pretty good match, he was strong and knew his technique. He tried to do a switch and I caught him,” Ramirez said.

Overall, the Blackhawks (14-3, 2-0 Desert Valley League) had five pins on the night, to the Arabs’ four. Roy Galvan, the La Quinta senior wrestling at 126 pounds, and a team leader, won 14-4 against the Arabs’ Julio Sanchez.

“I went out and the guy didn’t really wrestle much, he was just pretty much stalling, trying not to get pinned. But I went out and wrestled as hard as I could to get to him and ended up winning by a major (decision),” Galvan said.

Meanwhile, Coachella Valley (9-7, 1-1) simply could not get started, with the nine losses to open the match, including forfeits at 113 and 160 pounds.

“We let a couple of matches slip through our fingers and we should have been a little bit more aggressive. We should have pushed a little bit more, but it happens. It depends on the day. My wrestlers didn’t have it today and that’s all it is,” said Coachella Valley head coach Mario Guardado.

When the Arabs did win, they did so in impressive fashion, with pins from Juan Zapien (170), Jose Zazueta (182), Carlos Diaz (195), and Humberto Rodriguez (285).

“I was hoping for it to be a little bit more competitive. If a couple of more things had gone our way and a couple of our wrestlers had a little bit more belief in their ability to wrestle, I think it would have been a little bit closer. I don’t know if we would’ve won, but it would’ve been a lot closer,” Guardado added.

La Quinta wrestles Saturday at the Esperanza Tournament. Coachella Valley hosts Palm Desert at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.


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