Brawley Wrestlers Continue To Dominate IVL

By Chris Furguson

Martin Leyva of Calexico struggles against the pinning predicament of Brawley’s John Sandoval during this 125 lbs match. Brawley would do on to win the dual 61-15. More photos on page 11! Photo by Chris Furguson.

After several impressive performances at tournaments over the winter holiday, the Brawley High Wrestling team continues to dominate local wrestling action as they defeated the Calexico Bulldogs 61-15 on Wednesday, January 20.
The Wildcats were helped by four walkovers and four pins during the evening’s matches
Highlights for the Bulldogs include a pair of pins and a very close decision.
The evening began with three Brawley walkovers at 103, 112 and 119 from Lonzie Osuna, Eric Wong and Cheyanne Chan.
The first contested match of the night ended early in the second period when Brawley’s John Sandoval pinned Bulldog Martin Leyva at 125.
Another Brawley walkover at 130 from Zach Dial was followed by the 135 match between Calexico’s Alexis Zavala and Wildcat Oscar Lizarraga where Lizarraga pinned Zavala late in the second period.
Calexico’s first win of the evening came when Jorge Mendez pinned Angel Carrillo in the 140 lbs. division during the first period.
The next match saw a technical fall courtesy of Brawley’s Mitchell Maya over Ricardo Garcia at 145.  This was followed by a Wildcat pin from J.L. Mayo over Calexico’s Christian Guitierrez.
Calexico’s next win came after a 4-3 decision between Juan Morales of Calexico and Juan Morales of Brawley at 160.
Wildcat Jose Solorzano won the next match at 171when he earned a superior decision against Bulldog Jose Guzman.   At 189, Rafael Callas of Calexico lost a 15-7 decision to Brawley’s Roberto Rea.
Calexico’s last points were earned by Giovani Vizcara by pinning Jonathan Mejia late in the first period at 215.
The heavyweight match up saw Leo Torres score a third period pin over Sergio Medina.
Brawley has also had some strong performances at recent tournaments, including a first place overall at the Las Vegas Tournament, including five winners, an 11th at the El Cajon Invitational, and a fourth place at the Five Counties meet, recognized as one of the toughest in the nation.
Brawley next wrestles at this week’s Holtville Rotary Tournament, followed by a home meet with Holtville next week.