BARSTOW - All Barstow could do was sit and take notes.

Sultana High School has set the blueprint for wrestling success in the High Desert. Barstow coach Adam Hopkins wants to implement a similar standard in Barstow, but it wasn't happening Wednesday night.

Barstow fell 59-12 to Sultana High School at the Barstow High School boys gym. The Aztecs fared better against Sultana than most High Desert schools. The Sultans shutout Granite Hills and most of their other opponents, excluding rival Hesperia who recently beat the Sultans, have been held to single digits.

Hopkins quietly watched behind the Barstow bench, trying to take in as much as he could.

"I learned some things tonight maybe about generalities in their program technique wise," Hopkins said. "It will go into my things to remember for next year's (list)."

Hopkins praised Sultana and said the Sultans hard work shows during meets.

"It motivates me to get better," Hopkins said. "I hope the kids do too."
With four wrestlers out due to disciplinary problems and one gone with an illness, the Sultans still dominated.

Sultana has wrestlers to spare.

Sultana coach Rocky Humphrey said the Sultans begin training camp with about 100 wrestlers and by the beginning of the season carry 60 wrestlers.

"We're lucky," Humphrey said. "The sport is a popular sport in school. We are fortunate that there's a lot of kids who like wrestling in our area. I think the (mixed martial arts) movement has helped out because kids want to learn to wrestle as well."

Samuel Telles scored Barstow's only win of the night when he pinned Irvin Jiminez with 38.7 seconds remaining in the first period in the 160-pound match. The Aztecs earned their only other points through a rare Sultana forfeit.

Barstow's top wrestler, Sean Silva (119), figured to pick up points in the final match of the evening but couldn't solve Ryan Fillingame. Fillingame grabbed points through takedowns while Silva was scored most of his points one at a time through escapes. Fillingame won by decision 11-4.

"They've got a great supporting staff," Hopkins said. "I'm not saying they've got it made, but I'll tell you what - that's a great team over there. "They came ready to beat us up. What are you going to do?"

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