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Santa Barbara High's Austin Dye cradles his Pacifica opponent around the neck en route to a pin in their 108-pound match. Credit: Submitted photo

The Santa Barbara High wrestling team recorded four straight pins and defeated Pacifica, 45-31, in the final Channel League dual meet of the season on Tuesday night in Oxnard.

Benicio Holland-Garica, Angel Parra, Jonathan Hernandez Mora and Jose Escobar won their bouts by fall to give the Dons the lead for good.

“We bumped everyone up a weight class from 160-195 to try and gain some favorable match-ups and it could not have gone better with four consecutive pins,” said coach Marc Fidel.   

“”It was a tough environment, coming into their place on Senior Night. The growth that this group has shown this season has been tremendous and as we enter our individual season, I hope the confidence they have in their wrestling helps them accomplish a few more things as we head into the league tournament and CIF.” 

Sophomore Austin Dye got the night started with a first-period pin at 108 pounds.

Niko Proft won by a second-period fall at 147 pounds. Jose Ibarra lost a close decision at 154. 

“He rode his opponent for two periods but could not turn him,” said Fidel.

After eight matches, the Dons led 21-19.

“They’re a savvy, veteran coaching staff at Pacifica and had us scouted pretty well,” said Fidel.

The Dons pulled away with their run of four pins to complete one of their best dual meet seasons in program history.

Dos Pueblos 34, Ventura 31

Cody Pearce scored a big pin for the Dos Pueblos wrestling team to break a 28-28 tie and Ryan Risdall fought off a near pin and lost a decision in the final bout, which helped the Chargers escape with a 34-31 win at Ventura in a Channel League dual meet finale on Tuesday night.

Pearce’s win by fall at 118 pounds gave the Chargers a 34-28 lead going into the night’s finale. At 126 pounds, Risdall managed to avoid the pin and lost by a decision, which gave Ventura just three points.

“Every wrestler on the team had to show up and wrestle their best tonight,” said DP coach Jesse Plowman. “Our team has shown that they are intense competitors and continue to improve every week. Tonight we were able to put our best lineup against Ventura. This was not the case in some of our earlier duals.”

In other matches for DP, Sammy Ramos won a major decision at 145 pounds, Sylis Penniman won by decision at 170, Diego Hernandez stepped up to the 182-pound weight class and pinned his Ventura opponent.

Also, Ivan Moreno won a 5-2 decision at heavyweight to tie the team score at 22-22 and Francisco Espinosa scored a pin at 106 pounds for a 28-22 lead. After a DP forfeit, the score was tied at 28.

Next up for the Chargers are the league individual championships at Rio Mesa.

Dos Pueblos wrestler Victoria Bernard pinned her Ventura opponent in a Channel League dual meet on Tuesday.

Bernard was coming off a second-place finish at the Lady Eagle Invitational at John Glenn High. She had two pins, and a technical fall before falling to Hailee Moreno of San Fernando High to the final, 3-0.

“Victoria is wrestling at her best and is ready to take on the post season,” said coach Matthew Bernard.

San Marcos 48, Oxnard 24

The Royals won their final regular-season match on Senior Night.

Seniors Jacob Dominguez and Ambrose Partee dominated in their final dual meet with pins.  

Freshman wrestler Dalton Shupe recorded his first league win with a pin in the first period.

Sophomore Mathias Ortega also won his first league bout with a pin.

At 140 pounds, Chuck Wickline scored a pin in the third period.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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