There was drama until the final second in Wednesday night's NBL dual wrestling meet between Maria Carrillo and Casa Grande at the Petaluma National Guard Armory.
The Gauchos (0-2), playing in their new adopted gym for the first time, hosted a full house of spectators who witnessed plenty of entertaining wrestling. The meet came down to the final match (120 pounds), squeaked out by Maria Carrillo's Jose Delgado, 10-8, over Casa Grande's Ian Bailey. Delgado's win gave the Pumas a 39-37 meet victory.
"He (Delgado) got the takedown (for the final two points). It's tough, he had to step in the hole and hold on," Maria Carrillo (1-1) coach Tim Bruce said. "Jose wrestled really well. That match was a toss-up and could have gone either way."
Bailey almost pinned Delgado with 10 seconds to go in the second period but Delgado wiggled out of the hold just as the period ended. Bailey led 8-7 after two periods but a surging Delgado scored three points in the third period to give the Pumas the meet victory.
"Their kid (Delgado) was being more aggressive (in the third period), and he wanted it more," Casa Grande coach Louis Chavez said. "Ian didn't seem to be executing his moves; it's frustrating because I know what he can do."