San Clemente Saves its Best for Last


San Clemente Saves its Best for Last


January 24, 2012 9:43 PM



SAN CLEMENTE – It isn't often that San Clemente heavyweight wrestler Cody Cornish and 106-pounder Daniel Garcia follow each other in the lineup in a dual, but that was the case in Tuesday's South Coast League match against Capistrano Valley.

The match started at 126

pounds and after the first 10 matches, the score was tied.

Then Cornish hit the mat to pull off a 13-second pin and Garcia followed, taking a bit longer, but finishing with a third-period pin, helping the third-ranked Tritons (13-1, 3-1) to a 39-25 victory over the eighth-ranked Cougars (3-2).

The score was 22-22 before Cornish's match.

"I was really angry seeing my team lose, and I wanted to get out there and score some serious points," Cornish said. "I kind of like it when the dual starts at the heavy weights, so then I'm not at the very end, but being at the end is good because it gives you all of the points at the end.

"We knew they (Capistrano Valley) were a great team, and we worked really hard to get the victory."

The Tritons led the dual, 22-3, at one point. Capistrano Valley scored 19 points between Phillip O'Shea (172), Russell Fitzpatrick (182), Juan Hernandez (197) and Victor Mendoza (222) to tie the score.

O'Shea won by major decision. Fitzpatrick and Hernandez followed with pins and Mendoza won his match, 12-8.

Before the match, San Clemente coach Mark Calentino said he had conceded 24 points during that stretch of matches. The Tritons gave up 19.

"That was pivotal in keeping us in the match and the kids going out and fighting hard," Calentino said. "As we rolled around back to the top (of the lineup) they were still fired up and ready to go."

Garcia's pin gave San Clemente a 34-22 lead with two matches remaining. Capistrano Valley's Christian Hauser, ranked No. 1 in the county at 113, defeated Jacob Sandoval, who is ranked fifth, 8-3, at 115.

Jacob Clifton ended the match with a technical fall for San Clemente at 122.

"We knew coming in how tight it would be," Calentino said. "We won some close matches and many of them went the way we expected them to go."

After a forfeit at 132 gave them a 6-3 lead, the Tritons won the next four matches for the 22-3 lead. Freshman Mike Marshall had the fourth victory in that stretch, winning by fall at 160.

San Clemente finishes second in the league dual standings to Laguna Hills.