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Barstow wrestles to fifth at tourney

BARSTOW • The Barstow High School wrestling team wrapped up its Aztec Invitational tournament by notching two wins on Saturday.
Overall, Barstow placed fifth among the eight teams taking part, with seven of its 14 wrestlers placing in the top four of their respective weight divisions. On Saturday, the Aztecs beat Big Bear and Granite Hills, and came up short against Victorville and Apple Valley.
“It was a good tournament. We wrestled hard and competed well, especially on the second day,” said Aztecs head coach Sam Barnhart. “As a coach, that’s all I can ask for.”
Going undefeated in the tourney was Ryan Barela, who took first place in the 120-pound division. Barela went 7-0, his wins including two pins and two tech falls. Heavyweight Tyler Holmeyer went 6-1 and finished second, while at 115 pounds, Dallas Hawes was third, going 5-2.
The rest of the Aztecs all finished in fourth place: Dominic Robles went 3-1 at 106 pounds; John Wright was 4-3 at 132 pounds; Matt Alvarez went 3-4 at 152 pounds; and Arthur Ramirez was 4-3 at 170 pounds.
Coming in first was Centennial High School from Las Vegas, followed by Sultana in second place, and Apple Valley third.
Coach Barnhart wanted to give a special thanks to all who helped out with the tournament, including the parents and military volunteers, along with Shawna Santos and the Wrestlerettes.
There are four more tournaments on tap for the Aztecs this season. Their next match is coming up on Dec. 20 at Burroughs.

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