Posted: Sep 17, 2016
Bakersfield beat Santa Ana 27-19, things were tight for the Renegades until they hit the upper weights where Andrew Binger Scored a decision victory, and then Zavion Robinson scored a pin at the 2:03 mark to push BC past Santa Ana.
Then the 'Gades scored a 45-6 victory over Sierra College, with Pedro Corona (141), Binger (174), and Robinson, all scoring wins by fall.
But then BC ran into Palomar and a 45-0 shutout loss.
"We got he top teams in the state are the guys beating us," Coach Bret Clark said in reference to their shutout loss to Cerritos at the BC Duals last week,"And now it's Palomar. Both teams have a lot of returners and they are formidable."
There were other bright spots.
"Pedro Cerabia went 1-2, including a decision loss against Jake Schafer, a guy who was ranked #1 at 125 last season, but he put on weight and ended up placing fourth or fifth at 133s at last year's state. This year he's much more mature and he's gotten bigger. But Pedro got his shot on, took the kid down, but he gave up some points early that were hard to come back from. There's a new rule that says if you get taken down straight to your back, you can give up points right away in addition to the takedown, and that's huge. So now, you can get taken down to your back, give up two points for that, and then the ref begins counting exposure points…if he gets to the four count, all of a sudden you are down six pointsk, and he got caught in a similar situation."
Clark kept a couple of sophomores out of this week's competition for injury and weight certification reasons.
"We're just really young. This team has a lot of freshman. Just a bunch of puppies fresh out of high school.
But we'll compete when it counts, that's for sure," Coach Clark said.