COSTA MESA - The Corona del Mar High wrestling team intensified its
focus on technical work and Ben Inouye, Cameron Posipisil and Brad
Sperber delivered in a 72-24 Pacific Coast League victory over
Newport-Mesa District rival Estancia.
Because the host Eagles gave up eight victories by forfeit the
visiting Sea Kings had already won before the dual match began. CdM
(10-6, 2-1 in the PCL) won three out of the five non-forfeit matches, as
Inouye, Posipisil and Sperber earned their second pins of the PCL season.
"We just wanted to wrestle sharp," Sea Kings Coach Gary Almquist said.
"And we did that. Sperber was an excellent example. Ben Inouye was
Sperber, a senior, avenged a loss to Estancia's Jose Vaurgeni, when
Sperber pinned Vaurgeni in 1:22.
"Sperber wrestled (Vaurgeni) in heavyweight and lost last year,"
The Eagles (0-3 in the PCL) recorded two victories by pin on the night
by sophomore Alphonso Pedroza and junior Victor Carmona.
Pedroza, who was originally slated to wrestle at 119, took advantage
of a fresh Matt Loeb of CdM in the 112-pound division. Pedroza shot for a
takedown 20 seconds into the match and then covered Loeb for a pin in 45
Carmona, last year's PCL champion at 125 pounds, built a 7-1 lead over
senior Brian Freedman after one period. Carmona scored a takedown 45
seconds into the second period and covered Freedman, who would not let
his shoulders touch the mat until there was 0:05 left in the two-minute
"He just needs to work a little more on his technical stuff," Estancia
Coach Steve Perez said of Carmona's chances of winning a second straight
PCL title. "He needs to get healthy. (University High's Benji) Yoshino
hit him with a couple of fireman carries when they wrestled."
Yoshino, who lost to Carmona in last year's PCL finals, is Carmona's
biggest competition. Yoshino defeated Carmona last week and in the
Estancia Tournament earlier this month, but the one that really counts is
the PCL finals.
Inouye, a senior, is also a viable PCL champion contender at 130. He
roared to a 10-2 first-period lead over Martin Diaz. Inouye then earned
the pin in the second period after shooting for a takedown.
Posipisil earned his fastest pin of the season, covering Yuri
Marshukov in 19 seconds.
The CdM junior varsity squad also defeated Estancia, edging the
Eagles, 32-30. CdM's Andrew Keligan (189) and heavyweight wrestler Robbie
Richey scored key victories in the last two matches leading to the
Richey earned a 5-4 win, scoring an escape in the last period and
Richey worked for a 6-2 victory.
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Corona del Mar 72, Estancia 24
103 - Alston (CdM) by forfeit; 112 - Pedroza (E) pinned Loeb, 0:45;
119 - Warner by forfeit; 125 - Carmona (E) pinned Freedman, 3:55; 130 -
Inouye (CdM) pinned Diaz; 135 - Bello (CdM) by forfeit; 140 - double
forfeit; 145 - Posipisil (CdM) pinned Marshukov, 0:19; 152 - Shores (CdM)
by forfeit; 160 - Moore (CdM) by forfeit; 171 - Green (CdM) by forfeit;
189 - Sperber (CdM) pinned Vaurgeni; 215 - Shipman (CdM) by forfeit; Hwt.
- York (CdM) by forfeit.
Geier wins in Sailors' loss
Newport Harbor High's individual fortunes in Sea View League
competition at Laguna Hills were abbreviated considering the Hawks were
75-6 winners on a team basis.
The Sailors' 130-pound Nate Geier came up with a victory over the
Hawks' Kevin McKay with a pin, using a "banana splits" maneuver.
The victory, which came with 1:07 left in the first period, improved
Geier's record to 3-0 in league. Overall he's 12-4.
The Sailors are at the San Clemente Invitational on Saturday, starting
at 10 a.m.