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Aztecs win final regular-season meet

BARSTOW • The Barstow wrestling team held its final meet of the regular season on Tuesday night, and took a decisive, 69-3, win over Granite Hills.

Six Aztecs won their bouts by pin. At 113-pounds, Dallas Hawes took only 1:39 to pin his opponent; Ryan Barela, at 120-pounds, won in 1:31; at 126-pounds, Chris Velasco won in 2:30; Gabe Rodriguez pinned his opponent in just 54 seconds at 138-pounds; at 170-pounds, Neil Navarro won in 1:23; and heavyweight Kiler Holmeyer earned his pin in 1:00.

Also taking victories were Cody Bueller, who won by tech fall in 5:39 at 132-pounds, and James Noble, who won by 3-0 decision at 160-pounds. Julian Aguayo (145-pounds), Will Wright (152-pounds), Aaron Jarowezski (182-pounds), and Marquis Jones (195-pounds) all won by forfeit.

The win leaves the Aztecs with records of 8-12 overall, 2-2 in the Desert Sky League, putting them in third place.

“It was a great way to end the season,” said Barstow head coach Sam Barnhart. “The kids really performed well and put on a show for the home crowd. It was fun to watch.”

Next up is the DSL Finals, taking place this Saturday at Victor Valley High School, starting at 11 a.m. The first-string Aztec varsity wrestlers will take part in hopes of qualifying as many for the CIF-SS Individuals as possible.

“Hopefully we can carry today’s momentum through to Saturday and qualify a few for league finals,” said Barnhart.

The CIF-SS Individuals is coming up Feb. 15 and 16, with the State Finals being held March 1 in Bakersfield.

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