Santa Ana sharper in dual victory over Calvary Chapel


SANTA ANA – History met the present as longtime wrestling rivals Santa Ana and Calvary Chapel faced off in their annual dual Friday night.

The "Iron Sharpens Iron" dual dates to 1994.

Friday night, the Saints, ranked seventh in the county, got the upper hand, beating 10th-ranked Calvary Chapel, 41-18.

"We look forward to this, and I know they do," Santa Ana assistant coach Jose Leon said. "They definitely know how to put on a show, and we appreciate them doing this, not just for their kids, but for us."

Leon, who was a two-time state medalist and national champion (1999) while at Santa Ana, wrestled in the dual when he was in high school.

He has fond memories.

"In 1998, we won the first eight weight classes, but they pinned everybody after that," he said. "In 1999, my senior year, I think was the first time we beat Calvary. That was a lot of fun.

"They were state champions that 1998 year and we were right in there with them. I remembered the lights, the music, the fog machine, coming out of the tunnel ... center mat, the spotlight, that's what duals should be like."

That's exactly how the show currently looks.

The Saints were without Coach Scott Glabb, who was in an automobile accident earlier in the day. Leon said Glabb is doing fine.

Santa Ana opened up the match by winning the first three matches of the dual.

Erik Navarette (106 pounds), Sammy Sanchez (113) and Elliel Quiroz (120) got the Saints out to a 13-0 lead.

Calvary Chapel's first victory came at 126 from Peter Cunningham.

"It is a rivalry, we want to win, but it is not like a hatred rivalry," Calvary Chapel coach Jacob Harman said. "There is a lot of respect. It is a showcase of two tough programs, old programs that are coming against each other and scrapping.

"We know what they bring and they know what we bring, and we just put it together every year."

One difference between the two teams this year is depth. The Saints were able to fill out a full lineup, whereas Calvary Chapel gave up the final two weights (220 and 285).

"When they came in, there was like a 100 kids," Harman joked. "We're especially thin this year. We're trying to do every trick that we can to bump (wrestlers up a weight class) ... That's just an issue that we have. Every dual that we're in we're spotting teams 24 points, and we can't have a flat start like we did."

The dual also serves as senior night for both programs and an alumni reunion for Calvary Chapel.

The match also looks toward the future as kids from the Team Thunder wrestling club and the Santa Ana Wolfpack club opened the show with three exhibition matches.

106 – Navarette (SA) maj. dec. Mora, 17-9

113 – Sanchez (SA) dec. Claudio, 6-4 OT

120 – Quiroz (SA) pin Sekas, 4:51

126 – Cunningham (CC) dec. Sosa, 8-2

132 – Alvarado (CC) dec. Gutierrez, 3-2

138 – Knowles (CC) dec. Mendez, 3-0

145 – Lara (SA) dec. Hathaway, 7-5 OT

152 – O’Campo (SA) dec. Johnson, 12-9

160 – Negrette (CC) pin Barboza, 1:03

170 – Salas (SA) maj. dec. Anda, 12-1

182 – Collins (CC) dec. Ruelas, 2-0

195 – Tapia (SA) pin Estrella, 1:56

220 – Farias (SA) by forfeit

285 – Hinojosa (SA) by forfeit

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