The Corona del Sol wrestling program has more than proved itself this season in the dual meet format.
Desert Vista found out first hand on Wednesday night as the Aztecs cruised to a 45-21 win, taking seven of the 11 matches wrestled.
It pushed Corona to 17-0 in dual meets against Arizona competition and 20-3 overall, but the individual tournament format is something the Aztecs haven’t seen a lot of just this season.
That comes to an end this weekend at the Flowing Wells Invitational in Tucson.
So are the Aztecs just as good of a tournament team as they are in the dual meet format?
“We are going to find out,” Corona coach Jim Martinez said. “We have a really good dual team but we haven’t seen the likes of Cibola and Sunnyside. We will find out this weekend.”
On Wednesday Aztec wrestlers pulled out of a couple of swing matches late to really put some distance between them and the Thunder.
Corona’s Bridgen Barker was down 4-1 early against Jeremiah Imonode at 170 but came back for a 6-4 win. Barker got a takedown in the second period, and then after a third-period escape tied it, he got the winning takedown with 1:23 left.
It was a preview of a first round matchup at Flowing Wells.
“I wasn’t at my best to start but I knew with my conditioning I could come back,” Barker said. “I just grinded him down. That’s how I wrestle.”
At 195 Corona’s Brix Kronborg gave up a takedown to Tristan Ezell on the edge with 14 seconds left to trail 3-1, but hit a five-point move on a roll for the 6-3 win.
“Brix and Tristan have known each other for a long time so we knew it wasn’t going to be a wide open match,” Martinez said. “We talked all this week about how there is going to be a match that comes down to the final 15 seconds so when is it going to be you?
“Tonight it was like poetry in motion and he came through.”
The Thunder, who have lost three straight dual meets with the others coming against Thunderbird and Basha, had wins from Brian Mitchell (113), Matt Mathers (126) and Alex Bambic (182).
Corona del Sol 45, Desert Vista 21
106- - Carillo (Corona) maj. dec. Masterson, 18-4.
113 – Mitchell (DV) pin Farina, 4:32
120 – Churchill (Corona) wins by forfeit.
126 – Mathers (DV) pin Herrera, 4:41.
132 – Farina (Corona) tech fall Masterson, 21-6.
138 – Spedafore (Corona) maj. dec. Lefevre, 20-9.
145 – Walton (Corona) by forfeit.
152 – Winstead (Corona) pin Fritz, 4:30.
160 – Tursini (Corona) tech fall White, 16-0.
170 – Barker (Corona) dec. Imonode, 6-4.
182 – Bambic (DV) dec. Clare, 5-2.
195- Kronborg (Corona) dec. Ezell. 6-3.
220 – Caliendo (Corona) dec. Cugino, 7-5.
HVY – Ortega (DV) by forfeit.