Foley takes silver medal honors
in CAGWA tourney
by Misty Volaski
Just two Ojai Valley Police Activities League wrestlers made
the trek to San Dimas for a California Age Group Wrestling Association
Freestyle Tournament, Sunday and made their marks over a very
Ben Foley, 140-pound schoolboy, gained 20 extra pounds from last
season, is finding it challenging to be in a heavier weight division.
Foley pinned first-round opponent Leonard Romero of San Gabriel
in the second period with a corkscrew. Foley then "teched"
(won by a 10-point margin for an immediate stop of the match)
Jose Reyes of Hemet and then teched Thomas Thromack of San Bernardino
to put Foley in the finals against 2001 state champ and old nemesis
Angel Molina of Rancho Cucamonga. Though Foley managed to stay
out Molina's patented "terrible turn," each of Foley's
three deep double-leg shots were met by Molina's over-under and
the third was punctuated by Molina's stepping over the lock to
pin Foley just before the end of the first round to earn the
CAGWA gold; Foley won the silver medal.
Shaun Hastie jumped 10 pounds from last year to 75 pounds Schoolboy
and threw the tournament scoring system into a tizzy at the end
of the day. Hastie began the day with a tech of Levi Jarett of
Hemet 11-0 and had a three-hour wait through a bye and an injury
forfeit by William Carroll of Rialto.
Hastie then warmed up for the medal rounds by pinning John Rayburn
of Boron. Hastie's first round-robin match was a tech loss to
Arrowhead's Andy Rust 3-13. Hastie was the third- to-last match
of the tournament at just after 7 p.m. and teched Colton's Alvarez
11-1. Five medal round points went to Hastie (four for the tech
and one for scoring the point in the loss) and five went to Alvarez
(same scoring) Rust earned four (for the tech against Hastie,
but none for lack of score against Alvarez). Hastie and Alvarez,
tied on points, went back to head-to-head matches after points
and Hastie earned the gold, Alvarez the silver and Rust the bronze.
Hastie and Foley will try one more CAGWA tournament next week
in El Monte to see if they can wrestle for fewer than seven hours
in a day. For PAL wrestling information, call Robert Hastie at
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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