Fullerton beats Troy with a final score of 33-24
February 16, 2017
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After 30 years, wrestling beat their rivalry, Troy, in a close match.
Junior Jacob Romo set the Indians ahead with one pin in the first couple of matches.
Senior Josh Fernandez lead his team, winning with a split. Fernandez said he felt emotional ending the match. “This one was for you guys.”
Senior Julian Lucio won with a pin. The day after the match he said he felt accomplished. “It was surreal. We’ve never done that as a team. Our wrestling team hasn’t beaten them in in over 30 years, and to be the team that actually beat them, it’s an honor.”
Two matches after Julian Lucio’s match, his brother, senior Taylor Lucio, wrestled and won with one last takedown in overtime.
After that the indians were tied 21 to 21 with Troy. Senior Michael Chavez helped pushed them ahead. In his match, Chavez locked up and the Troy wrestler and pinned him.
Wrestling won two other matches and lost their last one, but ended with a winning score against Troy, 33-24.
Senior Andrew Dean said the match became more emotional as the intensity rose. ”As soon as we saw that we had gained a big enough lead, everyone just got really emotional and started crying.”
Dean said he felt he achieved his biggest goal since he started wrestling. “From seeing everyone in the room as a freshman,” Dean said, “to seeing what we have become this year and what we were able to accomplish, really makes this year special.”