Thursday, January 29, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Blue Devils rattle the nest, but Cardinals get the win

By
From page B1 | January 31, 2013 |

The Davis High wrestling team continued its conference narrative of up-and-down swings in momentum on Wednesday in a 30-20 loss at the hands of Laguna Creek.

It was the final dual meet of the season for the Blue Devils, who finished the Delta Valley Conference slate at 1-4. Though it was the closest margin of defeat, the outing followed a similar path to previous league matchups at The Cage. 

The overall trajectory of the young team has been a roller-coaster ride, just with a little bit more dipping than ascending. Despite some strong performances in weekend nonconference tournaments, DHS suffered a loss at Franklin last week, and fell to Monterey Trail and Elk Grove earlier in the DVC campaign.

But the Devils’ losing record doesn’t mean there aren’t individual wrestlers giving great effort and getting good results. This was exemplified Wednesday by junior 106-pounder Elias LoBuono-Gonzalez, who kicked the night off by netting a fall in the first minute of the second period in his battle.

Neither side fielded 113- and 120-pounders, and Davis’ Adrian LoBuono-Gonzalez was on the ready at 130 pounds. Following his brother’s example, Adrian LoBuono-Gonzalez had the stomach of his opponent, Benedict Juan, glued to the mat for most of the bout’s three rounds before registering a pin with 20 seconds left on the clock.

Next, freshman Quinn Davies carried the DHS momentum further upwards as the young athlete was quick on the assault. His multiple takedowns and near-falls led to a 13-6 victory at 138 pounds, which put the Devils ahead 16-6.

But Laguna Creek responded with a string of victories in the middleweights, besting Davis’ Tanner Carr, Connor Spann, Ricardo Briseno and Jonathan DeSideri. With the four-match stretch of wins, the Cardinals climbed to a 24-16 lead.

Francisco Cisneros broke the skid, using continuous aggression to take the upper hand in his match. With 10 seconds remaining in the engagement, the Devil standout landed a takedown that brought him to 12-4 and finished off a major decision win.

That left sophomore Marvin Grant in a familiar position: battling with the weight of DHS victory on his shoulders, but the passive tempo of his bout with Russell Williams saw the matmen tied 1-1 in the third round.

With overtime imminent, Grant finally let loose. Unfortunately, his attack came in the form of words — his frustration coming from a perception that Williams wouldn’t engage — and earned him a misconduct penalty in the final minute. The point lost allowed Williams to triumph.

The tension between the two wrestlers erupted into pushing and shoving after the match, and escalated to a Blue Devil coach being ejected by the referee.

“We need to retain composure, respect for the sport and the community,” said Davis head coach Ty Brown. “We have to represent ourselves in the right way, so that’s what — first and foremost — we’ll be working on.”

The contest concluded with an earnest effort from Devin Sanchez, who traded blows for three rounds but ended up losing to the Cardinals’ 220-pounder in a 10-5 decision.

With the end of the match came a hurried team meeting with Brown, and afterward the coach reflected on the overall performance of the Blue Devils.

“Most of our kids wrestled pretty tough,” Brown said. “We had a few times when emotions got the best of us, which is something we’ll make sure to rectify going forward.

“Again, we always want to come out on top in dual meets and there were a few matches (Wednesday) that could’ve gone in our favor. That’s just how the cookie crumbled.”

The local matmen now prepare for the DVC championships, set for Feb. 9 at Franklin.

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Work continues to modernize Davis Healthcare Center

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

     
    Holman continues to educate and inspire

    By Daniella Tutino | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    ‘Huck’ and ‘Tom’ float old Arboretum dock to removal

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Overweight video game avatars ‘play’ worse than fit ones

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Author joins radio show

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Meet the mayor for coffee at Peet’s

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Make your own SoulCollage on Sunday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Walk through Quail Ridge Reserve on Feb. 14

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Calling all chicken owners: Apply for coop crawl, share information

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Hopmans named associate vice provost for global affairs

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    Review motivation to refresh your healthy-habits plan

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Tips to protect skin this winter

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    For health and healthy appearance, there’s just one quick fix

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Forum

    Paso Fino coming to a vote

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    50 years since Ash Hall

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Can climate change bring us together?

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Sports

    Aggies still looking for record hoops win

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Blue Devil Hammond has a huge day at home

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Pent up? Join Davis’ latest athletic event

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Two in a row for Devil boys

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    UCD roundup: Aggie football players crack the books

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    Youth roundup: Harper hoopsters off to hot start

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Treys send Toronto past Kings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    College Corner: Have wanderlust? Go overseas for college

    By Jennifer Borenstein | From Page: A8

     
    District learns from bomb threat incident

    By Kellen Browning | From Page: A8

    It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    What’s happening

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

    Feenstra-Fisher wedding

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Arts

    Show explores the evolution of dance

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    A rose by any other name — if there is one

    By Michael Lewis | From Page: A11

     
    Acclaimed guitarist Adrian Legg to play at The Palms on Saturday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    James George Tingus

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, January 29, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B6