After beating #6 Bell 60-6, Sylmar went on to wrestle against #2 San Fernando in the quarter finals. Halfway through the dual, Sylmar had some of their top ranked wrestlers lose their matches, putting the team in a huge deficit: 3-36. At that point, Sylmar needed a nearly perfect match in every single weight class left in order to have a chance at winning the dual. At the 162 lbs weight class, Sylmar won its second match of the dual by a minor decision, putting the team score at 6-36, but without the win by fall, it made the chances of winning the dual almost impossible. Sylmar not only needed to win all the final five matches of the dual, but it was essential to pin all their San Fernando opponents left just to tie the dual and win on criteria with the most pins.
One by one, the next four matches, Sylmar did just that - pinning all their opponents. It came down to the heavyweight match, anything less than a perfect win by pin, and Sylmar would lose the dual yet again, for they had never beat their nearby rivals, San Fernando, head to head in a dual in school history. As Sylmar’s Leo Chevez, the #1 ranked heavy weight in the section and top ranked in the state, checked in and stepped out on the mat, San Fernando forfeited the weight class. The forfeit gave Sylmar the needed 6 points to tie up the dual, but it meant Sylmar and San Fernando would have the same amount of pins and forfeits, so it gave San Fernando a better chance at winning the tie breaker on criteria.
Both teams waited in anticipation for 10 grueling minutes as the head official took out the rule book to go down the criteria options to determine the winner of the dual. Both Sylmar and San Fernando were tied on the first 7 options, so it went down to tiebreaker Criteria H: the team with the most wrestlers who scored first points in their match. After the first points scored were tallied, for the first time ever, Sylmar was declared the winner, advancing to the CIF Dual Team Championship finals, and beat San Fernando 37-36, guaranteeing a runner-up finish and award.
The Sylmar boys would go on to wrestle against #1 Birmingham and jump to a 12-3 head start that put Birmingham in a nervous position, but in the end, the two forfeits Sylmar gave up, because they had no one to fill the weight classes, proved to be too large of a deficit to overcome, losing in the finals 22-49.
The entire Sylmar Wrestling coaching staff and wrestlers want to thank all of the administration, staff, and teachers at Sylmar Charter High School for supporting and aiding in the team’s heroic victory over San Fernando and bringing home the LA City CIF Wrestling Dual Team Runner-Up plaque. We made history this past weekend and we could not have done it without all the support you all give. We want to give a special thanks to Athletics Director, Melissa Snee, along with Assistant Principal, head of Athletics, Kevin Frost, for their continuous effort to provide all the essentials needed to build a wrestling program of excellence, both in the classroom and on the mat.
Here is the article the Daily News wrote up about our upset over San Fernando and the breakdown of our dual in the finals against Birmingham: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailynews.com%2F2019%2F02%2F02%2Fbirmingham-clinch-cif-la-city-section-championship%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cvrodrigu%40lausd.net%7Cf60d52fafabb4d167c0408d68ad6fe1e%7C042a40a1b1284ac48648016ffa121487%7C0%7C0%7C636849053359072485&sdata=JcxQdnPstqbqwe0I9qT5d%2BgC9iyP4AskI2tIAILsinU%3D&reserved=0
Our road of success is not over. This coming Saturday is the individual regional tournament held at Diego Rivera and then on February 15-16th the individual CIF Championships will be held here in Sylmar at LA Missions College. We are looking to qualify as many wrestlers as possible to the State Championships held in Bakersfield on the last weekend of February