The Santa Ynez boys wrestlers celebrated Senior Night in a 43-36 loss to Santa Maria — going 7-1 in contested matches but forfeiting at six weights.
“This loss was bittersweet for the Pirates,” said coach Chantalle Castellanos. “Although the score shows a loss, we have to count this as a win for our small varsity squad.
“Forfeits aside, we went 7-1 tonight and our team should have headed home with their heads held high. While our varsity squad may be small we have some talented young men peaking at just the right time in their seasons. We are excited with what the next few weeks hold as they enter the postseason tournaments.”
Seniors Alex DeLaCruz, Triston Lake and Anthony Escobar were celebrated. Triston Lake pinned beat Santa Maria’s Erick Guzman at 182 pounds.
The Pirates girls’ team also acquitted themselves well in exhibition matchups with Santa Maria.
“Both second year wrestlers, (Malia) Ortiz and “Hailee) Taylor, demonstrated their experience as they both secured first-round takedowns and transitioned quickly to pin to finish their matches,” Castellanos said. “With both of them having had a good season with several tournament placings, we are looking forward to watching them both work their way through post-season qualifiers coming up in a few weeks.”
Girls exhibition matchup results:
Alina Bojorges(SM) over Sinai Lara(SY) by first round fall
Malia Ortiz (SY) over Iris Castaneira (SM) by first round fall
Alanis Cedeno (SM) over Ariela Contreras (SY) by first round fall
Andrea Yulisa Salazar (SM) over Sinai Lara (SY) by first round fall
Surray McNutt (SM) ovr Elizabeth Romero (SY) by first round fall
Alanis Cedeno (SM) over Kylie Franson (SY) by first round fall
Surray McNutt (SM) over Anelly Tovalin (SY) by first round fall
Hailee Taylor (SY) over Jessica Vasquez (SM) by first round fall
Jenifer Jarquin (SM) over Lyssa Steele (SY) by first round fall
Varsity Boys Dual
Team Score: Santa Maria 43 – Santa Ynez 36
106 Jesus Santiago (SM) by forfeit
113 Bryan Sna Juan (SM) by forfeit
120 Fernando Diaz (SM) over Andrew Badger (SY) by first round fall
128 Evan Gotschall (SY) over Ramiro Santiago (SM) by first round fall
132 Santino Alvaro (SY) over Braulio Morales (SM) by first round fall
138 Leonardo Mendoza (SM) by forfeit
145 Ben Flores (SY) over Mateo Peinado (SM) by decision
152 Martin Ballestros (SM) by forfeit
160 Fernando Nunez (SY) over Jose Velasquez (SM) by decision
170 Alexis Iturbide (SM) by forfeit
182 Triston Lake (SY) over Erick Guzman (SM) by first round fall
195 Angel Gonzalez (SY) over Muhammed Baker (SM) first round fall
220 Angel Herrera (SM) by forfeit
HWT Jack DeLaCruz (SY) over Josue Batista (SM) by third round fall