BC wrestling takes sixth at Modesto Tournament

Jason Reed, Reporter

After a poor performance in the Santa Ana Tournament on Oct. 6 in which the Bakersfield College wrestling team finished in 12th place, they were able to finish six spots higher on Oct. 13 in the Modesto Tournament.

“I think we had a very weak performance,” said coach Bill Kalivas, when asked about the team’s performance in the Santa Ana Tournament.

Max Ramirez was BC’s only placer in the tournament, and he was able to place fourth.

“I think we struggled a little bit in the matchups that we had, we probably haven’t had two good weeks of practice.

“Practice has been very lethargic and it demonstrated with our win-loss record.”

BC went 14-26 in their forty matchups at the Santa Ana Tournament.

“I thought we competed better at the Modesto Invitational, where we had four placers, probably could’ve had five,” Kalivas said, about his team’s performance.

“It was more focus, more intensity and I thought we competed extremely well.”

Kalivas believes that the winning and losing could take care of itself; he said that mistakes could be rectified.

“When you don’t even make an attempt and you do things that are counterproductive, consequently you’re not going to be very successful, and it shows,” he said.

The Renegades have a week off and Kalivas plans on working on situational techniques during their bye week.

He said he believed the team struggled with returning their opponents to the mat.

Offensively, he thought they stayed in front too much.

“It usually takes a month or a month and a half in order to intigrate specific techniques,” he said.

“It takes a while to adjust and make those adjustments and create new habits.”

BC’s heavyweight wrestler Quinn Moore suffered a knee injury at the Santa Ana Tournament. Kalivas said he’ll possibly be back by the end of October and hopes that he’s back by Nov. 10 to be ready for conference.

BC had 32 points in the Santa Ana Tournament and almost doubled it in the Modesto Tournament with 63.

In the Modesto Tournament, Bakersfield College’s Josh Johnson finished in sixth place, Ryan Stieber finished fourth, Cesar Luna finished third and Max Ramirez finished second.

BC’s  next scheduled tournament will be on Oct. 27 at Cuesta College in the Meat Head Movers Tournament.