The Parker Broncs’ wrestling team had their second home meet of the season Feb. 12 against the Lee Williams Volunteers of Kingman. While they managed just one win in the six bouts, nearly all the members of the team had a chance to wrestle.
Ryan Ponce got Parker’s only win for the meet in the 106-pound class. He won his match when he pinned his opponent with 1:20 left in the second round.
Kooper Maniaci was the only Bronc not to get the past the first round. He lost his 170-pound class match when he was pinned with 1:21 left in the first round.
Jonathan Montoya lost his 182-pound class bout when he was pinned with 1:21 left in the second round. Anthony Taylor wrestled well in the 195-pound class until he lost by technical fall with 22 seconds left in the second round.
Parker’s Irving Sharp’s 285-pound class bout started slowly, and didn’t seem to be going anywhere. There were no points scored by either wrestler at the end of the first round. The wrestlers were twice admonished by the referee about delaying the match.
The match finally got going in the third round, and ended with Sharp being pinned with 17 seconds left in regulation time in the bout.
In terms of points, it was Lee Williams 30, Parker 11.
In spite of the losses, Parker Coach Jeston Lotts said he was impressed with how the team performed.
“We wrestled well,” he said. “What we were really wanted was to have more action in the first round.”
The meet was over with quickly because it was a dual meet, and most teams do not have full rosters this year. The meets are duals per the coronavirus mitigation regulations of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, and concerns over the virus are the main reason schools do not have full rosters.
Lotts said that at least the Broncs’ wrestlers are getting to compete this year.
The 2021 wrestling season is starting to wind down. The Broncs have two road matches this week. They’ll be at Bourgade Catholic in Phoenix Feb. 19 and then at Mohave High School in Bullhead City Feb. 19. Their final meet of the year will also be their final home meet of the year on Feb. 24 against Northwest Christian.