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Monarchs lose close match with Bears

Monarchs lose close match with Bears


The Exeter Monarchs hosted the Selma Bears this past week in their last home dual of the wrestling season. The match was evenly contested throughout with neither team giving in as they traded wins back and forth throughout the fourteen weight classes.

In the end it was the Selma Bears who edged out the Monarchs defeating them by a team score of 33-27.

Prior to the start of the matches, Exeter held its yearly “senior night”.

This is a ceremony that recognizes the graduating seniors for the hard work they’ve put in over the course of their high school wrestling career.

Coach Mike Jones introduced each senior, listing facts about each individual’s wrestling career. Each wrestler was then given a bouquet a flowers to present to family members at center mat.

In all Exeter recognized seniors Patrick Andres, Isaiah Botello, Gage Guerrero, and Gabriel Ledesma for the contributions they made to the team.

The dual started off in the 106 lbs division as Exeter’s Joe Morales battled Selma’s Rodrigo Martinez.

Morales entered the contest weighing 25 pounds under the weight limit at 81 pounds put up a valiant effort, but ended up on the losing end of a 6-1 decision to Martinez.

The next two bouts saw Exeter and Selma swap pinfall victories as Exeter’s Ethan Stimpel pinned Matthew Mendez in 72 seconds and Selma’s Robert Garcia pinned Kerry Nesmith with five seconds left in the second round.

At the 126 lbs division Exeter’s Gabriel Ledsma got flashy using a double chicken wing to score the pinfall at 1:33 of round 1.

Ledesma was able to score a quick takedown, hook the double chicken wing, walk around his opponent to stick his shoulders on the mat.

Selma answered back with a dominant decision win as Chris Cisneros defeated Quirino Gomez by a 8-2 decision. Exeter wouldn’t let Selma gain momentum though as the Monarch’s Dawson Boland wasted little time as he pinned Amber Quintana with a cradle in just 36 seconds.

This was the fastest pinfall of the dual.

The next four matches saw Exeter and Selma swap decision victories with Exeter’s Tanner Jones and Tyler Coker picking up big wins. After Coker’s victory, Exeter picked up one more win as Gage Guerrero won a back and forth decision over Selma’s Wasim Muhammed 8-6.

Selma won the next two matches which tied the score 27-27 going into the final match in the Heavyweight division.

Exeter’s Cameron Spence put up a great effort against Selma’s Joey Alvarez. He courageously continued to fight after two referee timeouts due to blood, but eventually Alvarrez was able to score the pinfall at 0:52 of round 2.

On the season the Monarchs are 10-4 with loses coming from Porterville, Redwood, Dinuba and now Selma.

The Monarchs have had outstanding performances from several individuals throughout this past season. In the 126 weight class Gabriel Ledesma has a record of 25-7 with wins at the Chowchilla Duals and Bishop Amat. Ledesma came in second place at the Lou Bronzan, South Pasadena and Redwood tournaments.

In the 285 weight class, senior Cameron Spence is a perfect 8-0 on the season and has a tournament championship at the Chowchilla Duals.

Junior Kyle Jones has also had an impressive season so far posting a first place victory at the Chowchilla Duals and also placing in second at the Lou Bronza, South Pasadena and Redwood tournaments. Junior Tyler Coker is another wrestler that has a couple of tournament victories. Coker’s got two first place finishes at the Chowchilla Dual and also at the Redwood Dual.

Sophomore Tanner Jones is going to be an exciting player to watch in his final two seasons with the Monarchs. So far Tanner Jones has posted a 23-3 record with first place finishes at the Lou Bronzan and the South Pasadena tournaments. He also has a second place finish at the Chowchilla Duals and two third place finishes at the Bishop Amat and the Redwood tournaments.

Another sophomore player who is going to have a bright feature with the Monarchs is Dawson Boland. So far Boland has posted a 29-7 record on the season. Boland has claimed the Chowchilla and Bishop Amat tournaments this season.

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