“Friendly rivalry” ends with a loss for Wrestling team, 39-33

Colton wins four matches at the final dual meet of the regular season


J. Dollins

The CHS Wrestling team comes together at the end of the game to honor their final dual meet of the season.

Colton, CA—There was definitely tension in the Mac Gym on Wednesday night as the final match of the evening, between Colton’s Adam Sanchez and Bloomington’s Jesus Lora, was set to begin. It is not every day that the final match of the meet determines which team goes home happy.

Lora pinned Sanchez in the first round, giving Bloomington the 39-33 victory.

“This is a friendly rivalry,” Coach Andrew Castro said. “Always against Bloomington it’s an emotional match, because it’s one of those things where it’s either them or us.”

Tonight, it was Bloomington’s victory, but not by much. The Yellowjackets were winners of four matches. Pablo Castelan, Joseph Duran, Abeal Sanchez, and Santino Zamora all had their hands lifted by the referee. It was a great showing by the Colton squad, especially at the last dual meet of the season.

Since official records were submitted to CIF yesterday, tonight’s match did not count towards the standings. However, the athletes’ performances were documented to help them toward rankings at the upcoming individual finals at Carter High on February 5.

Castelan’s win over Bloomington’s Manuel De La Cruz was the result of a 9-7  decision after going three rounds. “It was fun,” said Castelan. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. He gave it his all and I gave it my all.”

That rang true for the rest of the team as well. Duran took down Cristian Peña in the third round by pin. For him, this was an emotional moment, even bigger in some ways than senior night last week vs. Eisenhower.

“This match, this dual, was my last dual ever in high school,” Duran said. “And I couldn’t be happier than to be with this team. This team that we have this year has the best attitude. We’re the youngest team, definitely one of our least experienced teams, but we always come out with a good attitude. We always come out giving 100% with everything we do. I couldn’t be happier than to have my last dual with them.”

Junior Abeal Sanchez gave his 100% tonight, and earned his first wrestling victory ever. “I’m just happy I was able to show what I’m capable of,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been going against such higher level people who have been wrestling for, like, years. This is my first year, so I’m just happy the way I performed.”

Performing well was also on Santino Zamora’s mind as he took to the mat to face Bloomington’s Ricardo Salgado. In his match on Monday against Carter’s Marquez Hernandez, Zamora injured his arm. That didn’t stop him from starting much more quickly and aggressive as he found holds on Salgado before taking him down. “I was taking more risks than last time.”

Notable wrestlers who did not have a match were Jose Ramirez, Crystal Torres, and Gael Parada. They will get their shot this weekend at the upcoming CIF Dual Meet.



Varsity Boys defeated by Bloomington 39-33

113 weight class
Joseph Leon (BHS) wins by forfeit

120 weight class
Jose Ramirez (CHS) wins by forfeit

126 weight class
Adrian Colunga defeated by Anthony Picazo by 1st round pin

132 weight class
Jesus Castillo defeated by Dominic Villareal by 1st round pin

138 weight class
Pablo Castelan defeats Manuel De La Cruz by decision, 9-7

145 weight class
Joseph Duran defeats Cristian Peña by pin 3rd round pin

152 weight class
Jacob Zuniga defeated by Angel Torres by decision, 8-7

160 weight class
Gael Parada (CHS) wins by forfeit

170 weight class
Abeal Sanchez defeats Jonathan Barajas by 1st round pin

182 weight class
Daniel Vega defeated by Donald Fraembs by 1st round pin

195 weight class
Jonathan Hernandez defeated by Ricardo Buenrostro by 1st round pin

220 weight class
Santino Zamora defeats Ricardo Salgado by 2nd round pin

285 weight class
Adam Sanchez defeated by Jacob Lora by 1st round pin