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12/14 - Toros reign supreme at Warrior Classic

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Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2003 4:16 am | Updated: 1:43 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

As Mountain View's heavyweight, Pedro Garcia is always called upon to close out wrestling meets for the Toros.

Mountain View didn't need any late heroics to win Saturday's final of the Warrior Classic, but with one powerful move, Garcia displayed the Toros' continuing dominance at the dual meet tournament at Westwood High School.

Garcia yanked Mesa's Isaac Alvarez completely off the mat before taking the Jackrabbit heavyweight down and pinning him in just 16 seconds as Mountain View beat Mesa 45-22 in the championship to win the Warrior Classic for the sixth consecutive year. Toros coach Shawn Rustad was at a loss to explain why Mountain View has been unbeatable in the tournament for so long.

"We just do well, I don't know," Rustad said. "We wrestled well in the finals."

Regardless of the reason, Mountain View's run as top dog is not something the Toros would like to relinquish anytime soon.

"It will be a tradition for awhile, hopefully," Garcia said.

Continuing another tradition of sorts, Garcia went unbeaten in the two-day tournament for the third straight year. Joining Garcia as individual champions were teammates Jed Johnson (112 pounds), David Jarman (119) and Brodie Cook (125). As a team, the Toros were 9-0.

Mountain View's success at the classic isn't really surprising considering the Toros have a consistently strong program. In the past five years, Mountain View has won a state championship (in 2000) and has finished second at the state meet twice, including last season.

Rustad said it's too early to compare his team to last season's runner-up, but he thinks the Toros will do well.

"We don't have necessarily a lot of studs, but these kids are working as hard as any group of kids I've had, and I think we're work something out in the end," he said.

Mesa had one wrestler, 152-pound Chris Freije, win all of his matches in the tournament. Freije appeared to be in trouble early in the championship final against Mountain View's Dex Nye, but Freije stormed back to pin Nye in the first period at 1:18.

Dobson defeated host Westwood 39-25 in the consolation meet to finish third and Corona del Sol downed Hamilton 37-23 for fifth. Dobson's only team loss was to Mountain View in the first round of pool play Friday. Mustangs Vince Ornelas (135) and Josey Esquibel (152) were individual champions.

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