Victorious Vikes

On Jan. 15, in the gym during a wrestling match against Warren, Angel Baez, 12, goes for a pin against a Warren wrestler. “Before each match I try to get into my zone, so I can just focus on the match,” Angel Baez said.

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor

On Jan. 15, in the gym, the varsity wrestling team beat rival school, Warren High School, with a score of 35-25, winning eight out of 14 matches.

The Vikings started out strong winning the first three matches;, however, they had some trouble in the next couples of matches.

Senior Randy Chavez, a wrestler on the junior varsity team, felt the team could have wrestled harder, but were distracted by the league title weighing on this match. The Vikes still pulled through this rough patch.

“Although we wrestled and fought hard against Warren, I believe that we didn’t perform at our fullest potentials,” Chavez said. “It was more of a mental battle for us rather than a physical one.”

Wrestlers that stood out in this match were Mark Lopez, Dylan Moreno, and Angel Baez. Cheers could be heard from both sides of the gym as spectators rooted for their school. The team only lost six matches against Warren. Senior and former wrestler Alejandro Alvarez felt the match was fought passionately against their rivals.

“I thought it was a really intense dual all the way down to the last match especially against our rival Warren,” Alvarez said.

Although the boys had a tough time in a couple matches, they did not let tis get them down and showed that they still had fight left in them. Senior Edwin Jauregi felt the boys never let the score affect their mood.

“Even though the boys had some trouble, they pushed through,” Jauregi said. “They stayed humble after every win and focused after every loss.”

Before the last match, the Vikings led with a score of 25-18 and won the last match, earning 1- points as a team and holding Downey’s reining name over Warren. The boys’ next match is against Paramount High School on Jan. 25, at 5 p.m., at Paramount.