LOCAL GLANCE: Gila Ridge sweeps the mat
Gila Ridge defeated Kofa 81-0 and Yuma High 54-18 during the first match of the season Tuesday night.
Kofa also lost to Yuma High 64-16.
“It's always nice to start the season with two wins, but as always with the first match there's some things we can work on,” said Gila Ridge coach David King. “There's some kids that need to settle into the right weight class and that need to get back into wrestling condition.”
The Hawks pinned 13 of the 14 weight classes on the way to shutting out Kofa. Highlights included Kyle Ford, Renaud Kainoa and Austin Gerber who all went 2-0.
Four Criminal wrestlers went 2-0 including freshman Trent Haile.
“We wrestled pretty well against Kofa,” said Yuma High coach Jeff Wesling. “We had to stick two guys in there that were JV guys because two of our seniors didn't make weight. I threw those freshman in there and one of them ended up going 2-0 on the day. Overall for the first match we did pretty well.”
The other three that went undefeated were Lui Salcedo, Carlos Vargas and Humberto Cortez.
Cibola stomps San Luis
Cibola defeated San Luis 67-4 in their first dual match Tuesday.
Highlights included Mark Cruz defeating Jose Garcia 22-7 by technical fault and Andy Gandara pinning his opponent in the first period.
Like most teams, Raider coach Mike Jankowski said his team still has some things to work on.
“Most of the stuff we need to work on is more the smaller positioning-type things,” he said. “A lot of my guys have the bigger stuff for the most part figured out but we need to make sure we get the little things down.”
Yuma Catholic goes 3-1 at opening meet
Yuma Catholic defeated Bourade Catholic 60-17, Valley Christian 52-21, Canyon State Academy 48-30 and lost to Camp Verde 57-18 in their first meet of the season.
The Shamrocks had two wrestlers go 4-0, Seth Cuming in the 126 weight class and Taco Santiago in the 285 weight class. Other highlights included Chris Anderson, Zach Lopez, Hernesto Sandigo and Jaime Casillas who all went 3-1.
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Hawks beat Criminals
Despite an early showing from the Criminals, Gila Ridge defeated Yuma High 51-46 Tuesday night.
Kevin McCullough had 10 points to go along with five rebounds for the Hawks while Gila Ridges big man Parker Rodriguez led the scorring effort with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
“In the first half Yuma High came out and put it to us,” said Gila Ridge coach Joe Daily. “They're a tough team this year. They let us know in that first half who they were. We bounced back in that second half and we really played well as a team. We used everybody on our bench tonight so it was an all out team effort.”
Gila Ridge will travel to San Luis next Tuesday to take on the Sidewinders.
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San Pasqual struggles past Gila Bend
There was an offensive shortage in San Pasqual as the Warriors defeated Gila Bend 31-19.
After the first half San Pasqual led the game 5-4, and didn't find a rhythm until the third quarter.
“Offensively we just had a really slow start as well as Gila Bend,” Warrior coach Patricia Malvido. “We just couldn't find a rhythm. There were a lot of mistakes on our part and we did throw the ball away in the first half.”
Tatiana Damon led the Warrors in scoring with 10 points to go alont with her 10 rebounds. Marissa Miller had eight points and seven rebounds and Ceara Ingraham had nine rebounds.
Wildcats defeat Longhorns
The Yuma Wildcats defeated the Yuma Longhorns in the Yuma Park and Recreation Junior High league Monday 45-39.
Marcos Tagaban led the Wildcats with 20 points to lead the Wildcats to their third win of the season.