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Ivan Cruz scores upset win, Redskins drop dual PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 February 2018 14:15


Liberal coach Kyle Molina hugs Edgar Bautista after a win against Dodge City’s Ansony Quezada Thursday night in The Big House. L&T photo/Earl Watt


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The Liberal Redskins hosted Dodge City for Senior Night Thursday in The Big House, and after falling behind 38-3, Liberal put together a strong of four wins to narrow the gap before dropping the dual 41-21.

Ivan Cruz started the string of four straight wins for the Redskins with an upset of Dodge City’s Julian Galindo.

“We didn’t have any momentum early,” Liberal coach Kyle Molina said. “Our lighter weights, I didn’t think they were mentally checked in. That’s my fault for not having them ready.”

But once Liberal broke through at the 170-pound weight class, the tide turned.

“Leave it to our first year wrestler at 170, Ivan Cruz,” Molina said. “He comes out and beats a kid that has 20 more wins than him. That was a huge match for him. I couldn’t be more proud for him on senior night to come out in front of his home crowd. Once that happens, we get momentum from our seniors. It cam right down to the end, and we beat a couple ranked kids. That is big for us moving forward.”

Molina has seen the development of this senior class, and they have carried the load this season.

“I’ve been the head coach for three years, and I’m looking at Misael Monarrez and Elwin Trejo,” Molina said. “I don’t have my own son, but if I do one day I hope he will be half the man those guys are.”

Now it is time to prepare for the regional tournament.

“We compete in the WAC, but our minds are set on regionals,” Molina said. “We have been talking about it for two  weeks. The mental lapses are probably my fault, but as we are moving forward, varsity will take the weekend off, rest, recover, and we will be right back in it Monday morning, getting these kids back in the grind of what it is like to quality for state.”

The Redskins will compete at Regionals hosted by Valley Center Feb. 16 and 17.

Dodge City 41, Liberal 21


106 — Forfeit due to sickness

113 — Jose Marino-09-(5-17) Loss by fall Couy Weil (:31)

120 — Hugo Lopez-09-(5-24) Loss by fall Daniel Rojas (1:23)

126 — Cesar Berrara-11-(0-3) Loss by fall Edwin Estrada (1:59)

132 — Jose Beltran-09-(11-18) Loss by decision to Garret Edwards (2-3)

138 — Emanuel Rivero-12-(22-15) Loss by major decision Cisco Soto (0-10)

145 — Carlos Mora-11-(24-14) Win by decision Carlos Marquez (6-3)

152 — Max Lugo-11-(6-7) Loss by major decision Ruben Rayas (16-8)

160 — Estefan Belmontes-11-(4-13) Loss by decision Jashon Taylor (0-1)

170 — Ivan Cruz-12-(2-17) Win by decision over Julian Galindo (6-3)

182 — Misael Monarrez-12-(29-5) Win by fall Tyler Pipenger (4:20)

195 — Edgar Bautista-12-(26-8) Win by fall Ansony Quezada (3:13)

220 — Jaime Arenivas-10-(15-13) Win by decision Cody Terrell (4-2)

285 — Elwin Trejo-12-(26-7) Loss by decision Evan Darville (1-8)




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