BARSTOW - Adam Hopkins has been waiting for this week for a while.

He might remember it for even longer.

It's turned out to be a good week for the Barstow wrestling team. The Aztecs completed its second Desert Sky League win in three days, beating Burros 51-27.

Barstow beat Granite Hills 43-33 on Monday night and will wrestle at the Centennial Tournament in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday.

"It's a good time for them because we don't have to focus on the practice end of the things," Hopkins said. "They get to just compete and get their weight down. Which I think will help us in a few weeks."

The win gives Hopkins, who took over for Jose Rubio as Barstow wrestling coach in early December, a 2-0 record in league. Even Rubio, who now serves as an assistant coach, said he made the right decision to step down after watching the Aztecs pin seven Burros during the meet.

Those pins didn't always look possible early in the matches. Barstow had to make several comebacks to earn its points. The Aztecs effort against the Burros was a testament to their mental toughness Hopkins said.

"I think what I'm seeing right now is that they are growing mentally," Hopkins said. "The physical part isn't what its all about. It's all upstairs. You've got to believe in what you're doing."

Barstow began the night with a 12-3 deficit, getting pinned in the first match and forfeiting the third match.

Sean Silva (112 pounds) earned Barstow's first pin of the night to bring the Aztecs within three points of the Burros. However, Burroughs pinned Barstow's Daniel Chavez (119) in the next match to take an 18-9 lead.

The Aztecs began to gain momentum starting with Noel Ortega (125). Ortega set up the first of three straight pins for the Aztecs followed by Dominic Benavavidez and Christian Salas, helping Barstow turn a nine-point deficit into a nine-point lead at 27-18. Barstow never trailed from that point.

Burroughs coach T.J. Jaworsky said his team was not playing at 100 percent with wrestlers out of the lineup. He was forced to move several wrestlers around.

"That's beside the point," Jaworsky said. "I know they had guys missing too. I give it to (Barstow). They moved some guys around, they gambled and it paid off."

Despite dropping to 1-1 in the DSL, Jaworsky said he wasn't worried about his team's future.
I'm worried about what happens at the end of the year," Jaworsky said. "I've always been taught in coaching that it doesn't really start counting until the end. Nobody asks if you beat Barstow in the middle of the year. It's if you are a state champ or not."

103: Van Meter (Burros) won by forfeit
112: Sean Silva (Bar.) pinned Ortiz (Burros), 2:24
119: Flentye (Burros) pinned Danielle Chavez (Bar.), 1:08
125: Noel Ortega (Bar.) pinned White (Burros), 2:51
130: Dominic Benivedes (Bar.) pinned Thomas (Burros), 4:51
135: Christian Salas (Bar.) pinned Steele (Burros), 4:46
140: Crawford (Burros) pinned Frank Silva (Bar.), 1:16
145: Tristan Ortega (B) pinned Albert Penaloza (G), :46
152: Carrasco (Burros) def. Wyatt Barnhart (Bar.), 10-6
160: Daniel Benavidez (Bar.) won by forfeit
171: Matthew Jarmillo (Bar. pinned Martinez (Burros), 1:04
189: Steven Locke (Bar.) pinned Fuller (Burros), 2:50
215: Griffith (Burros) pinned Eric Gonzalez (Bar.), 3:11
Hwt: Luis Mitchell (Bar.) def. Griffin (Burros), 7-0