Photo by Terry Pierson, Press Enterprise
Wrestling competitions at the team level are often decided by the depth and breadth of a squad. With points awarded a team for win across numerous weight-classes, when a team lacks contenders at some or many of those levels, it’s a bit of a disadvantage, a lot like fighting with only one arm.
Well, despite posting up a team that lacks any “big guys” – wrestlers weighing in at 195-285 pounds – the King wrestling team participated at the Riverside County Tournament over the holiday break and even with their numerical disadvantage, still came away with a respectable 6th place finish in the County.
“The take away is that even though King has no big guys, we can still work hard and fight and wrestle at a very competitive level” said head coach Harlan Kistler.
King had three wrestlers in the Finals of the competitive tournament. Adrian Salgado came out a champion of his weight class for the third time in his career.
David Ritchie finished second and Daniel Chirinos was also second.
King had a sophomore, Frank Abacherli take third as did Jeremiah Benhke .
“We took 9 wrestlers and all but three placed and were All County.” said Kistler. “We had no other student-athletes to fill the 5 remaining spots in the upper weights. But Adrian Sdalgado is undefeated this year. I am very pleased with the team effort despite giving up a huge advantage not having heavy wrestlers to compete for King.”