By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Having a wrestler to fill every weight class is critical in a dual, and the Warriors found out how hard it was to overcome in a 45-39 loss to the South Apaches.
Both teams had open weights, but West gave up three more, and that provided an 18-point advantage to South.
The Apaches were able to make their numeric advantage stick.
West started with a win in the 75-pound weight division when Luis Martinez pinned Jose Del La Torre.
South tied it when Alex Renalto had no opponent at the 85-pound weight class.
West and South kept the match close throughout the dual.
South’s largest lead came with an 18-6 advantage, but West won the next three matches to take a 24-18 lead.
South’s Robert Fichtner pinned Alex Chim to tie the dual, and Peyton Cypret earned a 4-0 decision over Manuel Rivera that gave South a 27-24 lead.
West regained a 30-27 lead when Alexis Garcia pinned Paul Ramirez.
South’s Andy Marquez put the Apaches back on top 33-27 with a pin of Ethan Hatcher.
Michael Wilson tied the dual for the Warriors with a 1-0 victory over Estefan Belmontes.
West then had two open weights that gave the Apaches a 45-33 lead, and West’s Landon Milliken earned a heavyweight pin over Elwin Trejo, but the six points were not enough to overcome the deficit, and South won the dual, 45-39.