NORWALK – After going undefeated in dual meets all season at 12-0, the Schurr High wrestling team saw its chances for a CIF Southern Section title go up in smoke early at the CIF dual meet championship tournament at John Glenn High School on Saturday, being edged out in the first round by Western High, 34-33.
Schurr coach Jay Valencia said he could be blamed for part of the loss.
“Some of it was my fault,” he said. “I substituted some of my starters with some back up guys, thinking we were going to go further than the first round.”
Valencia added he really didn’t see it coming.
“We had a couple of guys who were injured – Max Velez at 132 and Ethan Velez at 175,” Valencia said. “I was hoping to save them for another round.”
And then some other happenings astonished Valencia.
“Some of my veteran guys got pinned,” he said. “I didn’t expect that. It really backfired on us.”
He added, though, it was a good season overall and that he’s looking forward to the individual title meets this coming weekend.
“We had a great season,” he said. “We were starting to peak at the end of the season. All 14 weight classes qualified for individuals, so I think we’ll be OK next weekend.”