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East wrestling loses to district foe Ray

By bY CLAY WHITTINGTON - CWHITTINGTON@VICAD.COM
Nov. 29, 2011 at 5:29 a.m.
Updated Nov. 30, 2011 at 5:30 a.m.


Despite losing, Victoria East found ways to improve.

The Titans wrestling team fell to Corpus Christi Ray 48-18 at the District Event Center on Tuesday evening, dropping the team's record to 0-3 in District 30-5A.

While it was not the outcome East head coach Brad Mease desired, he saw enough from his less-experienced athletes to feel the team is heading in a positive direction.

"We have four kids who are in their first year wrestling, and I saw a great deal of improvement from them," the coach said. "I saw them doing things (correctly) that they weren't doing last time and mistakes they were making last time, they weren't this time.

"I was pretty pleased. I think they are improving, and that is my whole goal every time."

In particular, Ben Wright, a 145-pounder who lost with nine seconds remaining in the second period, stood out to Mease.

"His improvement was tremendous from last time to this time even though he got pinned," the coach said.

The Titans' three victories against the Texans were all recorded by upperclassmen.

In the 120-pound weight class, Michael Pena picked up a pin with a minute remaining in the third period, while 160-pounder Cruz Salas pinned his opponent with 1:09 left in the first period.

Competing in the 170-pound division, Dalton Jedlicka won by forfeit and also earned a pinfall in an exhibition match.

Joey Driscoll (126 pounds), Eric McClellan (132 pounds) and the Titans' lone female wrestler Tatiana Thomas all lost by pinfall.

Mease also praised Thomas for her performance. Thomas lost with 9.5 seconds remaining in the third round.

The rest of the matches were either won by Ray via forfeit or ruled double forfeits.

East travels to San Antonio on Saturday for a 7:30 a.m. tournament at Churchill before returning to Victoria for its next district match against crosstown rival Victoria West on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Mease, who is also the Warriors head coach, will have his hands full instructing both teams, but insists he will remain impartial during the match.

"My allegiance is 50/50 all the time," Mease said. "When we wrestle, I'm going to sit right in the middle (at the top of the mat)."

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