Wrestling comes in third at regionals


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With two wrestlers shining for the Falcons, the wrestling team finished third place at the Southern Regional Duals on Saturday.

The Falcons lost to Santa Ana College in the semi-finals.

The winners of the Southern Regional Duals meet the winners of the Northern Duels later in the year for the state championship.

“We just didn’t get off to a good start and the momentum wasn’t rolling for us at all,” Head Coach Don Garriott said.

Garriott explained one of the reasons why they didn’t win by saying, “ I think part of it was that we didn’t wrestle all of our starters in the first meet (against Rio Hondo College) and for some of the guys, it was their first match of the day, we just got a cold start.”

One hundred-thirty pound freshman Rudy Delgado defeated one of the higher-ranked wrestlers in the state.

Delgado went 2-1.

“Anytime you win, you’re just motivated to win more,” Delgado said.

One hundred seventy-five pound freshman Ramon Estrada had two wins.

“I think I did pretty good and my wins show that, and that’s definitely going to bring momentum for my next matches,” Estrada said.

The Falcons’ next set of matches will be at the Meathead Invitational at Cuesta College on Saturday.