Sports Briefs: Downey wrestlers pin Warren

DOWNEY – The Downey High School wrestling team defeated cross-town rival Warren at Downey last Thursday night, 35-25. Warren came into the dual meet ranked second in C.I.F. and Downey came in ranked fourth. It was a back and forth, action filled match that saw Downey come away with the dual meet victory after winning the last match.

The dual meet started at 132 pounds. Downey senior Carlos Rivas earned a 6-2 decision and the Vikings took an early 3-0 lead. Downey junior Greg Lopez (138) won his match 10-7 and Downey led 6-0. Downey junior Pablo Ochoa (145) won the Vikings’ third straight match 5-2 and Downey took a 9-0 team lead.

Warren earned their first victory of the night at 152 pounds when Oliver Elizalde took a 12-1 decision. The team score now stood at 9-4 after Elizalde’s four point major decision. Downey senior Dylan Moreno (160) answered back for the Vikings with an 18-2 technical fall win. Downey now led 14-4 after five matches.

Warren’s Julian Gutierrez (170) won his match 10-5 and the Bears cut Downey’s lead to 14-7. Warren’s Gabriel Rodriguez (182) pinned Downey junior Nick Arrellano at the 4:37 mark of the third period. The pin cut Downey’s lead to 14-13 and fired up the Warren crowd.

Warren’s Angel Luevanos (195) earned a 7-3 decision and Warren took their first lead of the evening at 16-14. The Bears extended their lead to 22-14 when Mendez (220) pinned senior Brandon Aviles at the 5:57 mark of the third period.

Downey senior heavyweight Angel Baez (285) decisioned Jonathan Vega 8-2 and the Vikings cut Warren’s lead to 22-17. Downey freshman Jonathan Prata (106) pinned Jonathon Andrade at the 1:40 mark of the first period and the Vikings regained the lead 23-22.

Viking Mark Lopez (113) pinned Warren’s Matthew Lopez at the 2:23 mark of the second period and Downey extended their lead to 29-22. Warren’s Adrian Duarte (120) then decisioned senior Andrew Lopez 2-0 and pulled Warren back to within striking distance at 29-25.

The dual meet, as so many times before, came down to the last match. Warren needed a technical fall, a win by 15 points, or a pin to win the dual meet. Downey sophomore Armando Padilla (126) sealed the Viking win with a pin at the 3:55 mark of the second period. Padilla’s pin gave the Vikings a 35-25 team win and the inside track to the S.G.V.L. title.

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The Downey High School boys’ basketball team defeated cross-town rival Warren last Friday night 58-51 at Downey. The game was highly competitive and featured runs and stops by both teams. With the win, Downey now has an overall record of 13-5 and evened their S.G.V.L. record at 1-1. Downey hosted Gahr Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will travel to Paramount later today to play the Pirates.

With the loss, Warren now has an overall record of 4-11 and are 0-2 in S.G.V.L. play. Warren hosted Dominguez on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will travel to Lynwood tonight to play the Knights.

The Downey/Warren game was tied at 10 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams came out with energy and were ready to play. Warren went on a run to start the second quarter and held an 18-11 lead after a three point attempt was good at the 6:01 mark. The two teams continued to play high energy, fast paced basketball. Warren held a 23-19 lead going into the locker rooms at halftime.

Downey coach Larry Shelton and his staff made some halftime adjustments and the Vikings scored 19 points in the third quarter while limiting Warren to just ten. The Bears hit a three point shot as the third quarter ended and pulled to within 38-33. Downey continued to play well and opened up their largest lead of the game at the 2:35 mark of the fourth quarter at 50-40.

The Bears would not go away however and kept forcing Downey to make baskets and free throws. Downey focused down the stretch and came away with the hard fought, 58-51 victory. The two teams will meet again at Warren on Wednesday, February 4th for their highly anticipated rematch. Downey is the reigning San Gabriel Valley League champion.

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The Warren High School boys’ soccer team defeated cross-town rival Downey last Thursday night 2-1 at Downey. With the win, the Bears now stand at 13-2-1 overall and 2-0 in S.G.V.L. play. With the loss, the Vikings are now 8-4-2 overall and 0-1-1 in S.G.V.L. play.

Warren scored the first goal of the game in the 7th minute when Carlos Maldonado scored on an assist from Chris Sanchez. The Vikings scored the equalizer in the 30th minute when Adan Torres found the back of the net. The score was tied 1-1 as the first half concluded. The Bears took the lead for good in the 70th minute when Maldonado scored his second goal of the game. The Bears held on and took the 2-1 result.

Both coaches Miguel Pena of Warren and Marvin Mires of Downey were pleased with the quality of soccer played. The two teams will meet again at Warren in a rematch on Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:00 p.m.

The Warren High School girls’ soccer team played to a 1-1 draw last Thursday against cross-town rival Downey at Warren. The teams played to a highly competitive, scoreless first half. Five minutes into the second half Lady Bear striker Estella Sanchez put Warren ahead when she found the back of the net. Warren took the 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the Lady Vikings scored their equalizer late in extra time on a goal by Charlotte Chavarria.

Warren and Downey played two-five minute extra time periods with neither team able to score. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw. Warren and Downey will play their much anticipated rematch at Downey on Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Downey is the reigning San Gabriel Valley League champion.

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The Warren High School girls’ basketball team defeated cross-town rival Downey 63-32 last Friday night at Downey.

With the win, the Lady Bears now have an overall record of 10-8 and a S.G.V.L. record of 2-0. Warren played Dominguez on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will travel to Lynwood later today for a showdown with the Lady Knights.

With the loss, the Lady Vikings now have an overall record of 9-9 and are 0-2 in S.G.V.L. play. Downey played Gahr on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will travel to Paramount later today to play the Lady Pirates.

In the Downey/Warren game, the Lady Bears got off to a fast start and never looked back. Warren led at the end of the first quarter and extended that lead to 27-12 at halftime. The Lady Bears scored 19 points in the third quarter while holding the Lady Vikings to seven. Warren extended their lead to 46-19 as the third quarter ended.

Warren continued to play up tempo basketball and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Lady Bears went on to win the game 63-32. Warren will host the second round league game against Downey on Wednesday, February 4th at 5:15 p.m.

Coach Palmer was very pleased with how well her team played. Lynwood is the reigning San Gabriel Valley League champion but Coach Palmer and her Lady Bears will certainly bring a challenge to the Lady Knights this year.

 

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Published: Jan. 22, 2015 - Volume 13 - Issue 41