Star seniors Elias LoBuono-Gonzalez (126 pounds), Adrian LoBuono-Gonzalez (134) and Marvin Grant (182) each won their matches on Wednesday as the Davis High wrestling team got its Delta Valley Conference season off to an impressive start.
The Blue Devils opened league play with a 48-27 thrashing of Laguna Creek at The Cage.
“It was a great effort (Wednesday) by the entire team,” said DHS coach Ty Brown. “I thought everyone brought their game (Wednesday) and everyone wrestled tough for us.”
The night started slowly with two Cardinal forfeits in the first three matches before Elias LoBuono-Gonzalez stepped onto the mat.
Following two dominant rounds, LoBuono-Gonzalez started the third round in a hold that he quickly slipped while flipping his man over for the easy fall to give the Devil a commanding 18-6 lead.
“Elias was money (Wednesday),” Brown said.
His twin brother was no different.
After a Davis forfeit, Adrian LoBuono-Gonzalez opened his match by immediately taking down his opponent, sending the crowd of about 50 into a frenzy.
“Adrian overwhelmed his opponent with his intensity,” Brown said. “The kid is 138 pounds of fire and sheer passion. He really overwhelms his opponents with his ferocity on the mat.”
The heavier LoBuono-Gonzalez concluded the first round of his match with a 5-0 lead before quickly dominating his opponent in the second round, putting up 10 quick points to score a win by technical fall (15-0).
The pair of LoBuono-Gonzalez wins was followed up by a triplet of less-eventful matches before the powerful Grant stepped up.
The veteran Blue Devil grappler confidently stared down his opponent, repeatedly tapping the unassuming Laguna Creek wrestler on the head as a means of distraction and intimidation.
His antics appeared to work as Grant pinned his opponent to the ground a multitude of times, showing brute strength, though his opponent continually thwarted Grant’s attempt to end the match by slipping out from under him.
Still, the overwhelmed Cardinal wrestler bled points, making Grant’s victory from a question of “if” to a question of “when.”
That “when” turned out to be the end of the third round as Grant scored a 17-7 major-decision win.
“Marvin was kind of nice and steady and solid,” Brown said. “There are a couple of fundamental things that we wanted him to fix (Wednesday). He was a little too high in his stance, but again we’re being very, very critical of our actions on the mat right now because we understand that we’re getting close to that playoff time and we want to be rocking and rolling on all cylinders.”
With the team result already decided, DHS fans got a preview of a star in the making when freshman sensation Ismael Perez (195) easily disposed of his opponent with a quick pin.
Sophomores Quinn Davies (145) and Tanner Carr (170) also picked up wins for DHS via a pin and a decision, respectively.
With the DVC victory under their belts, the Devils will split up their boys and girls to participate in two different tournaments this weekend.
The Davis boys will attend the Sutter Lions Club Under Armour Invitational in Sacramento on Saturday while the girls head to the prestigious ASICS Napa Valley Girls Classic Friday and Saturday.
The Blue Devils then get back to the conference schedule on Wednesday (6 p.m.), hosting Grant at The Cage.
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