Grapplers dominate at Del Norte triangular Pedregon pins accent wins over DN, Dolores

Ignacio’s Dustin Sanchez works to break down Del Norte’s Fisher Jones during the teams’ Dec. 13 dual at DNHS.
Ignacio’s Cesar Pedregon pins Dolores’ Bryan Escarcega during dual action Dec. 13 in Del Norte, Colo.
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum
Joel Priest | Special to the Drum

Pinning Del Norte’s Preston Terrell in just 1 minute, 22 seconds, and then Dolores’ Bryan Escarcega in 1:23, junior 195-pounder Cesar Pedregon not only was consistent, but helped personnel-superior Ignacio defeat both squads in a Dec. 13 triangular held inside ‘The Pit’ at DNHS’ Tiger Fieldhouse.

Inserted initially at 145 pounds, Sean Campbell was the only other Bobcat to face two foes – losing 6-1 to Tiger Isaac Peerman, then by pin in 1:12 to Bear 138-pounder Jalen Boyd – as IHS defeated Del Norte 34-13 and Dolores 48-6.

Regular 138-pounder Skieler Grooms dealt DNHS’ Natalie Benavides a 14-2 major decision, Dustin Sanchez moved up to 170 to get a match – and pin, 1:41 into the second period – against Fisher Jones, and Hunter Robbins rose a level to 132 and pinned Brett Worz with one second left in the first two-minute period.

Plugged in at 220 pounds, Jeremy Roderick began the first dual with a forfeit win and heavyweight Randy Herrera followed with another, giving the ’Cats a quick 12-0 lead before Del Norte’s Malachi Gallegos pinned Isaac Welker in just 25 seconds, getting the home team on the scoreboard.

But the Tigers would get no closer than 22-13 after Keegan Medina’s 12-3 major over Tyler Barnes at 152 as Sanchez and Pedregon went on to secure victory (neither team sent out an entrant at 106, 120, 126, 160 or 182).

Herrera then began the mathematically-assured win over San Juan Basin League rivals Dolores with a forfeit win, with Welker and Robbins following suit for an uncatchable 18-0 advantage.  Boyd then prevailed over Campbell, but Grooms, Barnes and Sanchez each received forfeits, Pedregon stuck Escarcega, and Roderick then ended IHS’ night receiving a forfeit.

DNHS then shut the whole show down with a 39-0 win over DHS, as Terrell pinned Escarcega in just 28 seconds and Tristan Medina replaced Benavides to defeat Boyd 10-7 (in an exhibition bout held afterwards, Benavides pinned Boyd in 1:09).

Closing out the ‘Old Year’ half of their 2018-19 season schedule, the ’Cats were to host Mancos in a SJBL dual Thursday night, Dec. 20, but results were unavailable at press time.

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