For the first time in school history, the Delhi varsity wrestling team (2-2) defeated Denair High (0-3-1) after their league dual on Wednesday.
Despite dealing with some low numbers in one of the most anticipated dual for both sides, each made a solid statement that the programs have some standouts after a strong performance that ultimately gave Delhi six wins over Denair.
The point total was too much for the Coyotes of Denair to overcome and the Hawks managed to leave their fourth dual as victors, 33-24.
“The guys, especially these last two to three weeks, they are really working on their technique and they are using what we’ve been practicing, as you see we can we can do well in neutral,” said Delhi assistant coach Chris Starr. “It was great is seeing the kid’s reaction after winning. They came up and told me about beating Denair for the first time.”
“For various reasons our numbers were limited,” said Denair head coach Don Helnore. “Not to make excuses but we also moved guys up a weight class to fill in, but my guys are getting their weights to where they want to be near the end of the year.”
One of those guys for Denair was Blake Davis (160) who managed to win his match via pin over Delhi's Edgar Castro, even after moving up 15-pounds over his weight class.
Kyle Prock (152) was also moved up after competing at 135 for most of the year, and although he put up a great fight, Delhi's Scorpio Castorena (152) was too much to handle and won his match 10-6 even after Prock at one point was down just 4-8 with all the momentum.
Unfortunately momentum was not enough as Delhi took a 21-6 lead after that match.
“Tip my hat to Delhi because of the guys they had to wrestle, we had to match them, they didn't have to move up,” said Helnore. “And they did what they were supposed to do. It’s good that they got the win but hopefully our guys took something from it.”
Delhi, who has now won in back-to-back duals for the first time this year, was more than excited after finally notching the win, but it would come close since the Hawks were forced to forfeit seven matches.
“We are still giving up empty weight classes, which is what we had here against Denair at the end,” said Starr, whose team just defeated Orestimba 38-24, a week prior to Wednesday's win over Denair.
Daniel Cortez (138), Samuel Cortez (145), Felipe Solis (170), David Chavez (120), Jesse Flores (HWY) and Castorena all managed to get victories for the Hawks.
“One of the things that the boys are doing well is that we don't lose in neutral, so lets take it to the feet and it worked out for us the last two duals,” Starr added.
Next for Delhi will be a home dual against Waterford at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Denair's next dual comes against Orestimba on the road at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.