It was a short day for the six-time consecutive Channel League champions. Limited by injuries, the Dos Pueblos High wrestling team could not overcome a litany of holes its lineup, losing to Beckman 52-23 in the first round of the Div. 4 CIF dual tournament hosted at Mayfair High.
“We just didn’t have our whole squad. We have a lot of injuries right now and we just had too many holes to compensate for today even though our middleweights were great. It’s just hard when you’re facing a fully healthy team and you have holes,” DP coach Kenny Breaux said.
The Chargers got three wins on Saturday, two of which came from pins.
Sean Yamasaki continued to show his dominance with a win by fall. His fellow senior teammate Connor Lee also picked up another win, defeating his opponent by technical fall.
“Sean Yamasaki and Connor Lee did their thing (Saturday) and they have looked really good the last couple of weeks. They are going to be tough next week (at the Channel League Finals),” Breaux said.
The other win came way of freshman Nicolas Bitar. Bitar got inserted into the lineup at the 170 weight class with the usual DP wrestler out due to illness.
The freshman made the most of his opportunity, as he has done all season, defeating his opponent by fall.
“Nicolas Batar is just living it up. He stepped up big for us. Our guy in that spot was sick and he stepped up for us again. It’s fun to see him go and wrestle and make the most of his time. He is a guy I am loving to see right now and he is getting better,” Breaux said.
Despite the loss, Breaux said he was proud of his teams’ performance and is, ultimately, looking forward to the Channel League Indivdual Finals next Saturday, Feb. 8, at Lompoc High.
“I am hoping for them to really turn it on and take it to the next level. Just training these last couple of weeks has been really great for us and even though we didn’t get a win today we are looking for a great showing in Lompoc. I think we have been getting better every day at practice and that is all you could ask for at this point,” Breaux said.
Breaux said he is excited to see his whole team perform well across the different weight classes but is also pulling for Yamasaki.
With a Channel League individual title Saturday, Yamasaki would be just the second wrestler in DP history to win an individual title all four years.
The only other wrestler to do so was his father.
“For Sean to cap his career with a fourth straight title and keep his family tradition alive, that would just be awesome,” Breaux said.
Santa Barbara faced off against Chico High in the first round of the Div. 4 CIF dual tournament.
No details were provided by the time of press.