Top-ranked Hawks get by Tritons

Published: Jan. 5, 2011
Updated: 1:36 p.m.
Top-ranked Hawks get by Tritons
BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SAN CLEMENTE – When Laguna Hills was moved into the South Coast League from the Sea View League for wrestling, it put the Hawks and San Clemente on an inevitable collision course.

Two teams, who have become synonymous with winning league titles in their respective leagues, would have to go through each other to claim a title this season.

Tuesday night was the inaugural meeting.

Laguna Hills, the top-ranked team in the county, won the first three matches by fall to take a big lead. However, after Jacob Clifton's victory by fall at 103, it was fifth-ranked San Clemente which held the lead.

However, the Hawks would rally and close the match with three consecutive victories for a 38-30 triumph.

The dual started at 130 pounds.

"They're a great team," San Clemente coach Mark Calentino said of Laguna Hills. "That's why they haven't been beaten."

Trailing, 30-27, the Hawks started their comeback at 112 pounds with Ruben Acevedo. Acevedo defeated Calvin Wiss, 10-0 to tie the dual at 30.

At 119, Frankie Arounvong, ranked No. 1 in the county, defeated Jeremiah Leland by major decision, 10-2, to give the Hawks a 34-30 lead heading into the final match of the night.

Andre Cabrera (127) sealed the night with a 10-0 victory over Joel Gonzalez.

Laguna Hills took a 27-9 after Jordan Murphy scored an 8-5 victory over Garrett Johnson.

San Clemente, however, found life thanks to a victory by fall at 189 by Preston Quam and then came an interesting decision at 215 by Laguna Hills coach Cliff Jarmie.

Instead of sending out Andrew Alcantara out against Hayden Yacobucci, Jarmie forfeited the 215-pound match, making the score 27-21. Alcantara was bumped to the heavyweight match. He still lost (8-4 to Leo Flores), but in the end, the Hawks saved three points.

"I didn't want to do the possibility of giving up 12 points," Jarmie said. "Yacobucci's very tough and that's going to be a heck of a match when they wrestle at league finals, I didn't want to give up a pin there and I know their heavyweight is very good. I knew where we were at and I knew we would be fine 112's, 119s and 125s."

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com