By GERARDO RECINOS
There were only seven contested matches in the Bulldogs’ second-to-last Diablo Foothill Athletic League home dual meet of the year against the Miramonte Matadors Jan. 28.
Before the matches got underway, Miramonte forfeited four matches, while Alhambra forfeited three, giving the Bulldogs a slim advantage in the team score.
Of the seven contested matches, only two were decided by pins.
Tyler Kingsley opened the night in his match against his opponent in the 120-pound division.
Kingsley was shutout by his opponent, who scored a take down in the opening period. A reversal in the second period, and a take down and near fall allowed the Miramonte grappler to walk away with a points decision that cut the Alhambra team score lead to 24-22.
In the 126-pound weight class, Shahade Sjoberg was pinned with 1:06 in the second period. In the first period the referee chided both wrestlers, who were deadlocked. Sjoberg took down the Alhambra grappler, who couldn’t score a point in the opening period.
Ricky Lopez brought home the first win of the night for Alhambra in a contested match in the following bout. The 132-pound senior won by technical fall after a dominating performance.
In the first period, Lopez scored six points on a pair of near falls and a take down. He continued his dominance in the second period. Lopez took down his opponent almost instantly, but couldn’t find the pin. Damien Pergakis made a late comeback in his match after falling behind big. The two wrestlers in the 138-pound weight class had a stalemate first period where neither grappler could manage to make an impression on the score card.
The Miramonte wrestler struck first, scoring points on a reversal and a pair of near falls.
In the third period, Pergakis mounted a rally. He nearly pinned his opponent in what would’ve been a shock victory.
Jacob Smith continued his strong season at 145 pounds with a win by decision. A late take down in the third period and points earned from an escape were just enough for Smith to leave with another DFAL win under his belt.
Dustin DeLuca was in for a tough match on Thursday. He was pinned with 3.5 seconds left on the clock in the second period, despite nearly finding a way to get out of it. He was taken down and nearly pinned in the first period.
Fabian Garcia was beaten by major decision in the final match of the night. With a chance to flip the outcome of the team score, Garcia reversed the momentum of the match after coming out flat.
Garcia nearly pinned his opponent after being outscored 5-0 in the opening period. With 6-3 going into the final period, Garcia was beaten handedly after nearly twice being pinned.
His loss sealed the fate of Alhambra in the team dual scores, 41-32 in favor of the Matadors.