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Romero sets team points record in weekend victories

Sunnyside's Isaac Romero set the school record for most points scored in a season this past Saturday with victories against Eisenhower and East Valley.

Romero (112 lbs.) pinned Shase Vela of Eisenhower in 3:00 to tie the record at 145 points set by Carlos Garcia in 1998. In his match against East Valley, Romero topped the record by pinning Mason Yates in 2:53. The win brought his team points to 151 and he improved his record to 28-0 on the season.

"That's a lot of points to be scoring in a year," Sunnyside Coach George Paulus said. "He still has a couple of matches to go."

The matches for Sunnyside went pretty much the same way with the Grizzlies beating Eisenhower 66-15 and East Valley 54-15 to improve to 7-3 overall on the year.

Sunnyside started the Eisenhower match with six straight pins, finishing with eight against the Cadets. The Grizzlies also received four forfeits.

Sunnyside's Jose Barajas (215 lbs.) started things off, pinning Ben Melendrez in 5:56. He was followed by teammate Angelo Salazar pinning Jeff Cossetto in 2:56.

Steven Romero (103 lbs.) pinned Rick Sanchez in 1:53, followed by his brother pinning Vela to tie the school record.

Ricardo Rivera (119 lbs.) pinned Daniel Orteaga in 2:34 and J.T. Gonzalez pinned Michael Stiltner in 24 seconds before the Cadets finally got a win.

Edwin Artega (130 lbs.) decisioned Sunnyside's Eric Mejia 7-4.

Baltazar Avalos pinned Eisenhower's Mario Mata in 1:51 before the Cadets got one back when Zack Taylor (152 lbs.) pinned Sunnyside's Roberto Ramos in 3:29. The match ended when Danny Almeida was pinned by Eishenhower's Benji Martin in 1:27.

Tomas Pena (135 lbs.), Danny Alvarez (145 lbs.), Jesus Mendoza (160 lbs.) and Andrew Swinehart (171 lbs.) all received forfeits for Sunnyside.

In the afternoon match Sunnyside's Steven Romero started the Grizzlies on a roll when he pinned East Valley's Zach Van der Hoof in 46 seconds. The win raised his record to 25-4.

Rivera pinned East Valley's Jimmy Wilson in 1:47 to improve his record to 20-4.

Gonzalez had an easy time against Chris Logozzo, pinning him in 4:41. Paulus said this match was mostly Gonzalez and he was up 14-0 when he pinned Logozzo. Gonzalez improved his record to 26-3 for the year.

East Valley got on the scoreboard in the 130-pound match. Kellen Hopkins pinned Sunnyside's Eric Mejia in 2:53.

Hopkins is the defending AA State Champion at 125-pounds.

Pena then decisioned Shawn Stone 8-3.

"Tomas wrestled one of his better matches of the year," Paulus said. "He looked good all the way through."

East Valley's Tim Logozzo beat Avalos 2-1 in a tough, close match.

Sunnyside's Alvarez beat Cent Gartrell when Gartrell pulled up lame due to an ankle injury.

Sunnyside's Ramos avenged his earlier loss in the day by beating Chris Cliett 10-8 in overtime. Tied at 8 points apiece in overtime, Ramos scored a quick takedown for the win.

Mendoza pinned East Valley's Levi Gross in 1:07 before Swinehart lost a tough match to East Valley's Nick Brindamour.

"It came down to the last second," Paulus said. "A penalty point was the difference."

Swinehart lost a nail biter 15-14.

Almeida lost to Brandon Rose 6-1 and then Barajas pinned Jacob Moser in 2:57. Salazar scored the last win of the day when he was awarded a forfeit.

"From a team standpoint it wasn't too close," Paulus said of Saturday's double dual meet. "It was nice to have a weekend like that. They had a good time and got to polish their skills."

Sunnyside will resume league play Tuesday, Jan. 23, when it travels to Eastmont for a 7 p.m. match.

"Eastmont is going to be a good one," Paulus added. "It will be close."

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