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Redskins face buzzsaw, only win two matches against Garden City PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 January 2018 14:33


Liberal’s Carlos Mora battles Garden City’s Trey Medina Thursday night in The Big House. Mora kept the match close but drops a narrow decision. It was a familiar pattern throughout the duel, and Liberal fell short 53-15. L&T photo/Earl Watt


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Liberal’s Kyle Molina knew the Garden City Buffaloes would be a tough test for his wrestlers, and he was right. Liberal came away with only three match wins, and one of those was a forfeit in a 53-15 loss Thursday in The Big House.

Misael Monarrez continued to shine for the Redskins, earning a pin over Nathan Ebert. And Edgar Bautista won an 8-5 decision over Julian Facio.

Francisco Gomez was also able to raise his hand when Garden City forfeited the 195-pound match.

Three Liberal wrestlers dropped close decisions, two of them by a single point. And in a rare loss, Elwin Trejo was pinned late in his match by James Cisneros.

“There’s a reason why Garden City is one of the best teams in the state,” Molina said. “They have won four of the last five state titles. Coach Prieto is one of the top coaches. All of the credit goes to them.

Molina believed that facing a tough opponent like Garden City will prepare the Redskins for upcoming matches.

“The best thing we get is seeing the best opponents,” he said. “You won’t find a better team better prepared than Garden City. I love how some of our guys came out and battled. I love how they kept fighting and fighting. We have to learn how to win those close matches. We lost three one-point matches, and those are tough to swallow. We have to pick ourselves up, show a little grit, and get after it again. When you have a bad night, you want to get right back after it again. You want to make sure the kids understand that this sucks, but let’s get back under control, focus our minds and let’s get after it Saturday.”

Liberal will host Lamar, Colo., at noon Saturday in The Big House.

Individual Results


106-Forfeit due to injury

113-Jose Peralta-9-(4-11), Loss by fall Silas Pineda  (Fall 0:42)

120-Hugo Lopez-9- (4-17), Loss by fall Diago Hernandez (fall 3:04)

126-Cristobal Sanchez-9-(1-3), Loss by fall Jacob Holt  (Fall 0:35)

132-Jose Beltran-9- (9-12), Loss by Technical Fall Kaj Perez (0-15)

138-Emanuel Rivero-12-(19-7), Loss by decision Malachi Salas (5-7)

145-Carlos Mora-11-(22-8), Loss by decision Trey Medina (1-2)

152-Max Lugo-11-(4-1), Loss by decision Andrew Garcia (4-5)

160- Estefan Belmontes-11-(2-4), Loss by Overtime Decision Johnathan Fernandez (TB 1- 3-7)

170-Ivan Cruz-12-(1-10), Loss by fall Alexavier Rodriguez (2:44)

182-Misael Monarrez-12-(19-1), Win by fall Nathan Ebert (1:35)

195-Francisco Gomez-10-(2-3), Win by forfeit

220-Edgar Bautista-12-(17-3), Win by decision Julian Facio (8-5)

285-Elwin Trejo-12-(18-3), Loss by fall James Cisneros (4:41)




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