Alohas wrestlers go 3-0 in their teams home tournament

by: MILES VANCE - COUNTING DOWN - Aloha senior Concepcion Rodelo puts the squeeze on Barlow's Ty Haggerty in their match at 182 pounds during Friday's Aloha Dual Challenge tournament. Rodelo won the match with a 31-second pin over Haggerty.

ALOHA — The Aloha wrestling team really knows how to kick off the New Year — they did it with a duel.

Or in this case, a “dual.”

The Warriors hosted the Aloha Dual Challenge on Friday at Aloha High School and showed some of the promise and improvement that their coaches have been predicting for the team. Aloha won all three of its dual matches, opening with a 71-12 rout of McKay, dropping Corvallis 57-21 in round two, then ending its day with a 51-24 victory over Barlow to finish its day at 3-0.

“Our older kids are doing a great job in taking the lead and the younger wrestlers are doing a great job of following their lead,” said Aloha coach Stuart Kearsley.

In the win over McKay, the Warriors picked up three forfeits, then won another nine matches by pin to leave the Royal Scots far behind. Aloha’s Devin Lenzi posted the fastest pin of the match by taking out Adam Drydan in 53 seconds at 145 pounds.

Other pinfall winners for Aloha were Casey Wight at 120, Allen David at 132, Luis Sandoval at 152, Joey Williams at 160, Mo McSwain at 170, Concepcion Rodelo at 182, Ryan Papenfuhs at 220 and Cortez Rodelo at 285.

The Warriors got a better test but rolled again vs. Corvallis in their second match, this time getting two forfeits and six pins to dump the Spartans. Michael Kluge stepped up for the fastest pin of the match when he stopped Corvallis’ Robert Henderson in just 45 seconds at heavyweight.

In addition, Aloha also got pins from Wight at 120, Ryan Schwartz at 138, McSwain at 160, Williams at 170 and Papenfuhs at 220.

In the win over Barlow, the Warriors raced out to a 24-0 lead that included pins by Omar Murphy at 106 and Wight again at 126. The Bruins fought back with 12 points, the last time at 30-18 when Colby Winnett pinned Sandoval at 152, but the Warriors won four of the final six weight classes to pull away.

In that final six-match stretch, Aloha got an 8-5 win by Williams at 160, Concepcion Rodelo notched a pin at 182, Papenfuhs took a forfeit at 220 and Cortez Rodelo closed the Warriors day by pinning David Mong in just 32 seconds in their match at 285.

Lenzi also won by pin against Barlow to finish his day at 3-0, as did Alex Ashbrook (all by forfeit) at 113, Wight (all by pin), Williams and Papenfuhs.

“We wrestled well and our younger kids are starting to show real promise as the season progresses,” Kearsley added. “We are starting to come into form as the season goes on.”

Glencoe faced Century in the finals, with the Crimson Tide posting a 35-14 win.

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