PREP WRESTLING : Calvary Chapel Gets to Practice in a Rout
Temecula Valley isn’t exactly a pushover in wrestling. The Bears are ranked No. 1 in Riverside County and seventh in the state. But Calvary Chapel made it look easy by beating Temecula Valley, 40-17, Friday night.
Before the match, Calvary Chapel Coach John Azevedo said he didn’t really expect any surprises. “I think we’ll have a good match. And all my guys are healthy.”
That was obvious early as Calvary Chapel scored consecutive pins by 103-pounder Tino Archuleta, who stopped Matt Connors in 2 minutes 30 seconds, and Burt Pierson at 112, who pinned Rodney McBry in 1:14. At 119 pounds, Xavier Wilder defeated Joey Mendoza, 10-7.
Next up was Calvary Chapel’s Joe Calavitta, who beat Jacob Flores, 16-8.
Calavitta, a sophomore who is ranked first in the county and fourth in state, seemed to toy with Flores as if he were practicing his takedown maneuvers.
Calvary Chapel had to forfeit at 130, giving Temecula Valley (11-2) its first points. Then Mark Perryman beat Phil Wozniar of Calvary Chapel, 14-9, at 135 pounds. The Bears scored their third victory when J.T. Mendoza defeated Eli Coon, 13-7, at 140 pounds.
The Bears were beginning to show some optimism, but that was squelched when Calvary Chapel’s Josh Holiday gave Adam Kutchuke a painful education in the 152-pound match.
Holiday was content to work on his moves and earn a major decision, 22-7. At 160 pounds, Ed Mosley offered up more of the same while scoring a technical fall against Nathan Poole.
At 171 pounds, Mike Aguirre, who transferred to Calvary Chapel last year from Victor Valley and is undefeated (19-0), beat Nick Walton, 13-3. Matt Van Hook, bothered by a sore shoulder, managed to defeat Brian Navarro, 16-6.