NBL wrestling: Maria Carrillo rallies past Ukiah

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
In an effort coach Tim Bruce described as the best of the season, Maria Carrillo’s wrestling team won four of the final five matches and rallied to defeat visiting Ukiah, 38-27, in a North Bay League contest Wednesday night.

Maria Carrillo's Sam Clarke beats Ukiah's Kevin Pardini in the 140-pound weight class on Wednesday. Clarke's win began a rally that saw the Pumas capture four of the final five matches to beat the Wildcats. Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat

Trailing 24-15 going into those final five matches, the Pumas’ comeback started in the 140-pound division with Sam Clarke taking a technical fall over Kevin Pardini, 18-2.

The next two matches also went Carrillo’s way as Ryan Hughes was awarded a forfeit at 145 and Sam Tonascia pinned Aric Barrett at 3:34 in the 152 division.
Ukiah’s Chris Berg kept the Wildcats in the match with a 9-3 decision over Emilio Pollock at 160 and Carrillo’s Zach Forgy sealed the victory by pinning Alex Rodriguez in the 171 class.

“It’s the best we’ve wrestled all season,” coach Bruce said. “Up and down our lineup everyone wrestled smart. I’m very proud of all the kids.”
The Pumas are now tied with Ukiah for third in the NBL with 3-2 records. Rancho Cotate and Montgomery are unbeaten.

Clarke, who started the Carrillo rally, is 4-1 in league matches. The senior settled for third in last year’s league tournament, but has his sights set on a higher finish in 2011.
“I’m stronger this year and I have more endurance,” he said. “I began a weightlifting routine over the summer and I’m doing a lot more running. I’m in better shape and I’m definitely wrestling better.”

Clarke has also done well at tournaments with his best finish coming in the Bay Area Invitational (Castro Valley) where he finished second.
The most remarkable win of the night was turned in by the Pumas’ Nathan Edelstein in the 215 weight class. He decisioned Max Oswald, 9-4.

Edelstein was competing even though he had a strained rotator cuff than a small tear in it. He suffered the injury two weeks ago when a Marin Catholic wrestler tweaked his arm backward.
“I hadn’t been on the mat since I got injured,” Edelstein said. “I didn’t know how I’d hold up, but once the match started adrenaline took over. I felt the pain, but I worked through it.”

The senior was so determined to be ready for the Ukiah match, he visited chiropractor Joseph Liu twice daily for treatment.
Dr. Liu used electro and heat therapy to stimulate healing. On Monday, Edelstein had an MRI on the shoulder and was given the OK to wrestle against Ukiah.

“The twice-a-day treatment really helped,” he said. “If we hadn’t treated the injury aggressively, I’d still be out.”
Ukiah was missing two of its top wrestlers. Will Lasiter is out with a back injury while Ben Brooks is nursing a sore shoulder. Both should return next week.
Oscar Delgado (135) and Chris Berg (160) turned in solid victories for the Wildcats. Delgado decisioned Kayvon Jabbari, 9-6, while Berg got the best of Emilio Pollock, 9-3.

Delgado trailed 4-3 after one round, but took the lead for good in the second when an escape put him in front, 5-4.
After being eliminated on the first day of the North Coast Section Tournament the past two years, he has his sights set on a deeper run in 2011.
“I’ve improved my technique and I run two to three miles every day,” he said. “Now that I’m a senior, I’m hoping to get to the second day of NCS.

“I wrestled him (Jabbari) in league last year and while I beat him then, I thought I was a lot smarter this time around. He’s a tough opponent, so getting the victory feels good.”
Berg never trailed in his match. He took Pollock down 30 seconds into the match for a 2-0 lead. He had three more takedowns before the match ended.