In a dual match that featured only two pins all night, defending Desert Valley League champion Palm Desert ran away with a 49-18 victory over Coachella Valley in the Arabs’ own gym Wednesday night.
The Aztecs opened with three straight victories from Chase Overgaag (106), who beat Destiny Salinas 19-2, a technical fall; E.J. Ruiz (113), who won via forfeit; and Trevor Dalskov (120) who blanked Julio Salazar 7-0. That put the Aztecs up 14-0.
Jesus Brambila (126) was the first Arab to post a victory, edging Bennett Weaver 6-5 in a match that saw Brambila pushing the edge of stalling to hang on long enough to get the win.
Then it was Palm Desert reeling off five more victories, to go up 37-3, before Jose Zazueta (170) was able to stop the bleeding for the Arabs, beating Peyton Hammer 4-3.
The first pin of the night finally came in the 182-pound class when Palm Desert senior Isai Serrano stopped Carlos Diaz in the first period.
“We all came in, we knew we were gonna win. We’ve been working hard, but once we started wrestling people were getting flat,” Serrano said. “I just felt pumped and ready to wrestle. He landed on his back in the second half just before I pinned him.”
The only other pin came in the final match of the night when the Arabs’ Humberto Rodriguez (hwt) pinned Ian Ballestros in the first round. It was one of just three wins, excluding forfeits, for Coachella Valley.
“We just didn’t come to wrestle today, that’s all it was. I was surprised more by our lack of wrestling than anything else,” Coachella Valley head coach Mario Guardado said. “I knew they were going to bring a tough team, and it was going to be tough all around, but I was expecting a bigger effort from our part, that’s all it was.”
Missing wrestlers also hurt the Arabs, who were forced to forfeit four matches at 113, 145, 152 and 220 pounds. The Aztecs, on the other hand, only forfeited one match at 195 pounds.
“They were missing their best guy, Ramses De Mara, but I think the match was closer than the score indicated,” Palm Desert head coach Tom Lee said. “They’re a very good team. They were in most of the matches. We usually get a higher score based on pins, but they fought hard, they’re a good team, they’re just lacking some numbers and they’re lacking their best guy. I respect Coachella quite a bit.”
Palm Desert (5-0, DVL) wrestles next at the Five Counties tournament beginning Saturday at Fountain Valley.
Coachella Valley (1-2, DVL) hosts Palm Springs on Wednesday.