Following an offseason where school officials elected to shut the
program down, hard work and persistence enabled the program to be saved.
That hard work carried over to the mats, and the Piners set a new
school record for wins in a season. With much of last years team back,
and the offseason work to improve put in, Lakewood is hopeful for even
better things in 2019.
Down low, sophomore Ivan
Lopez was a bit undersized at 106 last season, but has grown into the
weight and is looking to have strong year for the Piners back at that
weight this season. Jose Becerril, Yenfry Sanchez, and Rene Garcia were
all starters as underclassmen a year ago, and are looking for big things
in 2019 with the year of expereicne under their belts. Incoming
freshman Rasul Allen enters the lineup after a very strong intermediate
In the middle, Lakewood are
led by the senior trio of Miguel Arenas, Dymtro Lakusta, and Antonio
Cummings, who combined 60 wins last season. Miguel Mendoza saw a lot of
action as a freshman, and after a hard working offseason, is looking to
make a name for himself.
The Piners should have
a great 1-2 punch at 220/Hwt with senior Dante Morris, a returning
District Champion and a State qualifier who recorded 34 wins a year ago,
and junior Kevin Rybakowski, a 19-bout winner at heavyweight as a
freshman, who missed all of last season with an injury. Joining them in
the upperweights are a trio of sophomores who all started last season in
Gustavo Limon, Gustavo Saavedra, and Angel Gonzalez. Gonzalez is
another one who put a lot of work in the offseason and could be in store
for a breakout season.
With the experience
they have returning, and the work they put in during the offseason, the
Piners are looking to top their record breaking win total from a season
ago, while cutting down the losses as well. They look to move up in the
Division standings, to qualify for the Sectionals, and to have several
individuals make strong postseason runs.