Jose Acosta

Jose Acosta wrestles against a Rosemont wrestler in the 285-pound match at Rosemont High School.

After his wrestlers turned in some individual wins against Rosemont, Liberty Ranch head coach Oscar Johnson said that he was happy with the way the team performed in their final dual meet of the year.

Not only were some of the individual results impressive against a team that would head to the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals three days later at Lincoln High School, the overall team score was close considering the Hawks were down three weight classes, Johnson added.

The Wolverines defeated the Hawks 47-30.

Rosemont also forfeited a weight class during the four-way meet that also included Galt and Bradshaw Christian.

The Hawks wrestled against Bradshaw Christian first then faced Rosemont.

“I thought we wrestled really well. Match for match, I think it was really close. We had big wins from (Kinyaacianii) Nuno, Solomon Witkins and Kai Quiaoit won a big match for us,” Johnson said after the meet. “I think that was our momentum. We wrestled really well. I’ve been down on this team because we’re so young and tonight they stepped up. Even though we lost to Rosemont, we battled. That was the best we wrestled all year.”

Jose Acosta had two wins on the night, defeating Bradshaw Christian’s wrestler by fall with 33.7 seconds left in the third period and pinning his opponent in the Rosemont dual with 42 seconds left in the second period.

Against Bradshaw Christian, which has a small amount of wrestlers on its roster, Johnson noted that the Pride has a new coach as well.

That combination equals a transition season for the Pride.

“We came to wrestle,” Johnson said of the Bradshaw Christian dual.

The meet was the last league meet before the Hawks travel up the road from the Hawks’ Nest to Bradshaw Christian on Feb. 8 for the Sierra Valley Conference Championships.

The Hawks finished league with a 2-3 team record and Johnson is looking forward to an area where he maintains the Hawks have done some of their best work.

“We’re excited, we’re looking forward to our league tournament because I think we have some league champions in our stable,” Johnson said. “The way we do it, we wrestle for the end of the year. They’ve stuck to the program and they wrestle really well this time of the year so we’re excited for our league tournament.”