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Wrestling: Colton seniors honored before loss to Gervais

by: CORY MIMMS - Colton graduates four wrestlers this year, along with all three of the stat keepers. From left to right:  Stat keepers Melanie Callaco, Kayla Anderson and Monica Poet. Then Gabe Babcock, Nicholas Cantelon, Tony Hayes, and Nick Finch.Colton High School hosted its last wrestling meet of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and it was senior night. Nico Cantelon, Gabe Babcock, Tony Hayes, and Nick Finch all leave the team this year, as well as all three of the stat keepers, Monica Poet, Kayla Anderson and Melanie Callaco.

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Colton lost the dual 39-18 to Gervais, but it wasn’t without some intense moments.

by: CORY MIMMS - Colton's Cheyenne McCoy versus Ricardo Flores.The first match pitted Colton’s Cheyenne McCoy against Gervais’s Ricardo Flores at 106 pounds. McCoy was scrappy on the mat and fought into the third period, when she lost by technical fall.

Next up, at 120 pounds, Gervais’s Hector Flores beat Colton’s Dylan Rose, also by technical.

Colton’s Kody Spurgeon and Gervais’s Darren Deleon stepped onto the mat next, at 126 pounds. They were well matched. The first period ended 5-2, Deleon. In the second, Deleon pinned Spurgeon for the win.

by: CORY MIMMS - Colton's Dylan Rose versus Hector Flores.Gervais took 132 pounds by forfeit. Colton’s Sam Spurgeon won by forfeit at 138 and Babcock won by forfeit at 145.

Colton’s Tony Hayes and Gervais’s Nikita Kalugin battled next at 160 pounds. Kalugin got up 6-1 by the end of the second period. In the third, Hayes collected three points, riding a burst of energy that threw Kalugin off balance. However, the clock beat Hayes’ comeback attempt and the match ended 6-4 in Gervais’s favor.

Colton’s Nico Cantelon and Rudy Escatel stepped up next at 170 pounds. In the first, Cantelon shot, dropping Rudy to the mat and winning by pin at 0:37. by: CORY MIMMS - Colton's Nicholas Cantelon versus Rodolfo Escatel.

Colton’s Nick Finch and Gervais’s Ricky Diaz grappled at 195 pounds. Diaz got up 8-2 in the first period and went on to win by pin at 1:32 in the second.

The final match, at 285 pounds, pit Gervais’s Roberto Hernandez against Colton’s Scott Germany. Hernandez won by pin at 0:19 in the first.

It was a double forfeit at 113 pounds, 182 and 220.

After the match, Finch said he was a little disappointed with the evening, but he’s now focused on districts, where he’s hoping for third.

Cantelon, who is joining the marines after graduation, said he sees a good future for the team. “It’s coming together,” he said, adding that the coaches have been great this year, and “everyone’s putting in a lot of work. The younger guys will hopefully have a better season next year.”



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