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.

King’s Daniel Chirinos battles with Canyon Springs’ Aaron Diaz for control in their 138lbs. championship bout during of the Riverside County Championships Saturday in Riverside, CA. January 6, 2018.

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.”