DOWNEY - The Warren High School wrestling team traveled to Paramount last Thursday night looking to earn a share of the San Gabriel Valley League title but came up short, 34-29.Paramount came in with an undefeated league record of 2-0 after beating Downey 34-22 at Paramount on Jan. 17. Warren had previously lost to Downey 37-18 on Jan. 10 and were 1-1 in league competition coming in. The Bears wrestled an excellent match but came up short in their effort to win a back-to-back S.G.V.L. championship. The match started at 152 pounds when Warren's Andrew Fausto defeated Anthony Pinedo 9-1. Warren took an early 4-0 team lead. Paramount evened the score at 160 pounds when Alfonso Robles defeated Jose Gomez 11-3. The team score was now tied at 4. Warren's Brian Vives decisioned Paramount's Jaycob Martinez 5-1 at 171 pounds. The Bears took the lead back at 7-4. The Pirates answered back when 182-pounder Kevin Uriarte pinned Oscar Herrera at the 3:02 mark. The Pirates went ahead on the scoreboard 10-7. The Pirates took the next three matches and opened their lead to 25-7. Paramount's 195-pounder Michael Alvarenga pinned Warren's Alex Mendez at the 3:32 mark. The team score now stood at 16-7. Paramount's 220-pounder Noe Sandoval pinned Warren's Andrew Rojas at the 2:43 mark and Paramount extended their lead to 22-7. Paramount heavyweight Chris Borrayo defeated Warren heavyweight Ricky Juarez 4-0 and again extended the Pirate lead to 25-7. It was now time for Warren's lower weights to take center stage and start the comeback. Warren's 106-pounder Andy Garcia decisively defeated Paramount's Marjorie Fargas 16-1 and the team score now stood at 25-12. Warren's Adrian Duarte defeated Paramount's Marc Ruiz 20-5 at 113 pounds and Warren closed the score to 25-17, Paramount. Warren's 120-pounder Jonathan Tiempos lost a 7-3 decision to Paramount's Steven DeLeon. Paramount extended their lead to 28-17 with only four matches remaining. Warren's Justin Palacios won his match 8-3 at 126 pounds and teammate Zac Brito decisioned his Pirate opponent 4-2 at 132 pounds. The team score now stood at 28-23 Paramount with two matches remaining. Warren's 138-pounder Chris Angeles pinned Paramount's Gabriel Gonzalez at the 4:14 mark and Warren had finally taken the lead 29-28. Paramount's 145-pounder Jose Estrada pinned Warren's Isaac Maldonado to stop the late rally at the :43 mark in the last match of the evening. Paramount won the league dual meet 34-29 and is the 2013 S.G.V.L. wrestling champion. League finals are scheduled for tomorrow at Warren High School in which Dominguez, Downey, Gahr, Paramount and Warren will all compete.
********** Published: January 31, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 42