Wrestling team starts to scramble for some victories

Marcus Castro, Editor in Chief

[Photos By: Joe Bergman and Mason J. Rockfellow]

Bakersfield College’s wrestling team opened their season with a home tournament where they struggled to get team wins.

The BC wrestling team ended with a team record of 1-3 at the Bakersfield College Dual Tournament. Cuesta won the tournament with a perfect team record of 4-0.

“It was a good measuring stick. It shows us what we have to do to improve,” said coach Brett Clark.

To open the tournament the BC men went up against West Hills. West Hills won with a score of 32-15.

BC did have a few individual winners. Torrey Casper (133 pounds) won with a score of 9-3. Johnathan Santore-Tovar (149) won with a pin. Jacob Maas (174) won with a score of 14-7. Jose Robledo (197) won with a score of 14-7.

The next team BC faced was Victor Valley; BC took this one with a score of 52-3.

Pedro Sarabia (125) won his first match with a pin. Norman Abas (133) won with a score of 18-3. Michael Macias (141) won with a pin. Armando Saldana Jr. (174) won by tech. Jason Dibble (heavy weight) won by a pin.

Up next was Santa Ana where BC earned a loss with a score of 16-23.

Casper (133) won with a score of 7-3. Santore-Tovar (149) won by default. Maas (184) won with a score of 8-5. Josh Davis (heavy weight) won with a score of 9-0.

Last up in this tournament for BC was the state champions Cerritos. Cerritos beat BC with a score of 25-12.

Sarabia (125) won with a score of 4-3. Daniel Lopez (157) won with a score of 10-8. Maas (174) won with a score of 5-4. Robledo (197) won with a score of 10-4.

The second tournament BC participated in was at Mt. San Antonio College on Sept. 19.

BC finished second in their bracket side with a team record of 4-1 for the tournament. They faced host Mt. SAC in finals and lost 12-23.

Casper and Maas were both 4-1 on the day, and Davis went 3-0 while Dibble went 2-0.

At this tournament, BC faced Santa Ana again. This time BC beat Santa Ana with a score of 22-15.  BC also faced Victor Valley again; Victor Valley fell to BC as the Renegades shut them out with a score of 54-0. BC beat Sierra 28-12 and East LA 38-9.

The BC wrestling team will be traveling to West Hills to compete in a tournament on Sept. 26, after that they will travel to East LA to compete in another tournament on Oct. 2.