In another effort to see where his Garden City Buffaloes’ wrestling team matches up with some of the best wrestlers in and out of Kansas, coach Carlos Prieto got another preview of the fact that his team is rock solid.
Friday night, as part of a two-day trip to north central Kansas, the Buffs won the final six matches of the night to knock off No. 5-ranked Class 6A Manhattan, 40-21, in a dual which precedes today’s Clay Center Invitational, scheduled for a 9 a.m. start.
“It was a very, very good night,” Prieto said of his No. 1-ranked Buffs. “We had some nagging injuries that kept some starters out. The kids we put in there we told them they have to step up a notch, and they did.”
Garden won just three of the first eight matches before getting on a roll to claim the final six matches and win going away.
“We knew Manhattan would be a good test, and they were,” Prieto said.
In all, the Buffs won nine of the 14 weight division matches.
Kaj Perez won a major decision at 106 pounds over Alejandro Martinez; Michael Prieto squeaked out a 4-2 decision over Gary Joint at 126 pounds; and Tevin Briscoe dominated Kendrick Rivera in a 14-5 major decision at 145 pounds.
From there, following a loss at 152 pounds by Quentin LaPointe, Jesse Nunez got things on track for the Buffs, earning a 10-0 major decision; Zac Finch also claimed a major decision at 170 before Tye Hahn (182), Zeke Herrera (195), and Peyton Hill (220) came up with pins of their respective opponents.
“Our upper weights really did a great job,” Prieto said.
The final match of the night saw 285-pounder Aaron Lozano rally from a 4-1 deficit to win a 7-4 decision over Eldon Picou, who placed at the 2014 Class 6A state tournament.
“He got behind early, but really made a great comeback in the final period and won a dominating match,” Prieto said of Lozano.
Following today’s Clay Center meet, the Buffs will close out their pre-holiday schedule on Friday and next Saturday at the Kansas City Stampede.