Wrestling down, not out


The Delta College wrestling program hosted its first home event on Sept. 26 with a tournament against rival school Modesto Junior College.

Modesto took the win against Delta with an overall score of 36-18.

“Unfortunately, my better kids did not have a competitor to wrestle, so they won by forfeit,” said Delta coach Mike Sandler.

The Mustangs Hoa Le, Cameron McLeod and Aaron Ceballos did not have an opportunity to wrestle against an opponent due to the lack of roster on MJC’s part.

The match to set the tone for the rest of the event against MJC was the 141 weight class.

Delta’s Atom Garcia who lost his dual to Jason Cortez with a score of 6-1.

Delta’s Darrell Sapaindante, James Patel, Rafael Mendoza and Jose Cisneros all lost by fall, which is where the opponent pins  both shoulders to the ground for the victory.

Stephen Whitemen wrestled Modesto’s Ryan Mackey in a nail-biting match only to lose within the last seconds with a score of 3-1.

Despite the early season loss, Sandler has faith in the wrestling program and continues to keep his team motivated.

“Overall I think we wrestled well tonight, in are conference I think we can finish within the top three,”. said Sandler.

The next home wrestling event is against powerhouse Sierra College at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16.