Badgers lose wrestling matches against Washington Union and Kerman

-- Staff reportJanuary 17, 2013 

The Yosemite High School wrestling team opened the North Sequoia League season last week getting beat by Washington Union, 60-16 and Kerman, 45-27.

Against Union on Jan. 3, Badger points came from a pin by PJ Reyna at 145 pounds and technical fall (more than a 15 point lead) wins by Mike Waybright at 120 pounds and Issac Soliz at 126 pounds.

Against Kerman on Jan. 10, Reyna got his second pin of the week against Gerardo Lopez, upping his season win/loss record to 21-4.

Waybright also pinned his opponent, Mico Patlon, in the second period. Waybright now has a 23-10 record on the season including a second place medal at the Jan. 5 Atascadero Tournament and took first place at last Saturday's Westside Invitational Tournament in Firebaugh.

Yosemite gave up 24 points in the match by forfeiting matches in four weight divisions. Yosemite gained 12 points back as Kerman forfeited matches in the 106 and 113 pound divisions.

In other matches, Yosemite's Matt Horton was pined in the second period by Kerman's Anthony Errecart at 113 pounds, Matt Springer suffered a first round pin to Kerman's Angel Huerta at 132 pounds and Austin Gari, 152 pounds, was pinned in the second round by Humberto Fernande.

In the most competitive match of the evening, Yosemite's 182-pounder Brian Simonsen lost in the overtime period after a 6-6 tie at the end of the three regulation three-minute periods. His opponent, Joseph Acosta, got a two-point 'reversal' on Simonsen 20 seconds into the overtime period for the win.

Simonsen, who placed sixth at the Atascadero Tournament and third at the Westside Tournament, has a season win/loss record of 18-10.

"Like the rest of the team, Reyna, Waybright and Simonsen are working hard and we are looking for them to finish solid in the post season," coach Kent Lincoln said.

The Badgers host Liberty-Madera Ranchos tonight (Thursday) and Sierra on Jan. 31. Both matches start at 6 p.m.

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