Alhambra’s wrestlers went on the road on Thursday, Feb. 4, to take on the Dougherty Valley Wildcats in their final Diablo Foothill Athletic League meet with the San Ramon school.
Alhambra’s final road DFAL dual once again highlighted the tenacity of the small Bulldog team, which lost 54-18 in the team scores, but only 4-5 in contested matches.
Four Alhambra forfeits propelled Dougherty Valley to a comfortable win on their senior night, and their final home DFAL dual before next year’s league restructure.
Damien Pergakis opened the night in the 128-pound weight class with a loss by major decision. The Alhambra wrestler and his opponent were knotted tightly after two rounds, with Pergakis managing to get on the score sheet with a pair of reversals after being shut out in the opening round.
But in the third round, he only scored once on a near fall, while his opponent nearly pinned him three times. He did well to avoid being pinned, but was beaten handedly.
In the 132-pound weight class, Ricky Lopez found himself beaten by technical fall. Lopez had great difficulty executing any of his game play against the Wildcats grappler. He was nearly pinned twice in the match, but managed at the very least to avoid handing Dougherty Valley all six team points.
Alhambra’s first win of the night came from Nate Winslow in the 140-pound weight class. Winslow also scored one of Alhambra’s two pins on the night. His opponent only got on the score sheet due to an illegal move regarding forearms on the neck of an opponent it appeared.
After a quick take down in the final round, Winslow pinned his opponent with 57 seconds left on the clock for Alhambra’s first win of the night.
Jacob Smith followed up his teammates effort with a win of his own. Smith found his task much harder than Winslow seemingly did. I the first round, he scored only on a take down, while the second round saw the two wrestlers evenly-locked.
In the final round, the Dougherty Valley wrestler scored on an escape, and nearly threatened to take the lead. He shot for a take down, but Smith’s ability to reverse the move earned him two points, and the win.
Dustin DeLuca had a tough night out in his match in the 152-pound weight class. He was shut out by his opponent, who scored twice in the opening round by nearly pinning DeLuca.
It took only 13 seconds into the final round before the Wildcat wrestler took down and pinned the Bulldog for Dougherty Valley’s first pin of the night.
Fabian Garcia backed up his teammate, and at that point leveled things with a win by pin of his own.
Twice the 160-pound Bulldog wrestler had looked to have secured victory only to see his opponent thwart him. But in the second round after nearly pinning him again, Garcia came through with six big team points for Alhambra.
Joey Miller added to the streak with a grind it out victory that is typical of a team captain.
Miller and his opponent battled through two tight rounds, but the Bulldog senior was forced into action when his opponent managed to steal a point through an escape by starting in a defensive position.
With two seconds, Miller got the take down he needed by shooting at the sprawling wrestler to get the win.
Dougherty won the final three matches by technical pin and major decision to make what was once a tight competition into a blow out due to the four Alhambra forfeits.