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Aztecs take DSL win from Burros

RIDGECREST • The Barstow wrestling team won its first league meet of the season on Thursday, edging out Burroughs, 36-33.

It was a nice win for the Aztecs, who had to forfeit two weight divisions and 12 points. They trailed right up to the final bout.

“It was a really close duel, a good win for us,” said head coach Sam Barnhart. “We forfeited two matches, but we had seven wins and five pins.”

The fastest pin was in the 120-pound weight division, where Ryan Barela pinned his opponent in 1:25. Also winning by pin were James Noble (160-pounds, 1:59), Arthur Rodriguez (170-pounds, 1:54), Dallas Hawes (113-pounds, 3:10), and Gabe Rodriguez (145-pounds, 5:42).

It was Rodriguez, in the meet’s final bout, who put his team over the top. Barstow trailed by three points when it was his time to wrestle, and his victory by pin gave the Aztecs the close win.

Also coming up with wins against the Burros were Kiler Holmeyer, who won the heavyweight division by an 8-3 decision, and Adam Valdez at 106-pounds, winning by a 13-8 decision.

At Rebel Classic Tournament
QUARTZ HILL • The Aztecs are participating in the Rebel Classic Tournament at Quartz Hill High School this weekend, and on Friday went 2-2.

Barstow beat Stockdale, 49-21, and Oxnard, 53-21, and lost to Highland (54-24) and Atwater (39-36).

Barela picked up another win by pin, with Holmeyer and Cody Buelher also pinning their opponents. Individually, Barela, Gabe Rodriguez, Buehler and Hawes all went 4-0 on Friday, while Aaron Jarozewski  (182-pounds) and Holmeyer each went 3-1.

“I’m very happy with how we’ve wrestled the last two days,” said coach Barnhart. “I’m proud of the boys; they’ve competed hard and wrestled well.”

The Rebel tournament continues today. Next up for the Aztecs is the Granite Hills Dingwall Tournament, next weekend.

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