Kern Valley takes down Desert to begin year

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Kern Valley’s Makenzie Christensen (far right) was third at the Queen of the Valley Tournament.

By Ray Conner
Sports Editor

Kern Valley’s wrestling squad started their season with a 66-6 dual match victory against the Desert High School.

They would start their defense of the High Desert League title with a victory over the Scorpions.

The dual match started at 106 pounds where Chane Randell from Kern Valley got a forfeit win. After a double forfeit at 113, Desert got a forfeit win at 120. Kern Valley led the team score 12-6. After another double forfeit, Kern Valleys’ Will Lekas at 132 pounds and wrestling in his first ever match was able to pin his opponent in the third period after an exciting match.

The team score set at 18-6 for the Broncs.
|Next Kern Valley would receive two forfeit wins at 138 pounds for Makenzie Christensen and Dean Hinkey at 145 pounds. Mateo Garza picked up the quick pin at 152 pounds to make the team score 30-6 in favor of Kern Valley.

Max Crockett had a forfeit win at 160 then John Weghorst picked up the pin in the 170 pound match. The Broncs were rolling as the team score hit 42-6.

To finish the dual Kern Valley picked up four more forfeit wins by Ricardo Tapia at 182 pounds, Gaige Smoot, Austin Rolfe, and Diego Tapia at 285 pounds to finish the dual 66-6.

In exhibition action Randell was able to pick up his first-ever pin in the third period of his match. Makenzie Christensen picked up two pins in exhibition matches and Deacon Crockett was also able to pick up a pin.

Head coach Wes Woody said, “It was a great job by the team winning the dual and every match wrestled.”

Two days later, Christensen went to the Queen of the Valley tournament at Golden Valley High School in Bakersfield. After losing to the No.1 seed in the first match, she fought her way back with two pins and a 6-4 victory to finish on the podium with the third place medal.

Woody said, “It was great for her to bounce back after the first round loss and finish with some hardware.”

Kern Valley has their next home dual match against Rosamond on Thursday starting at 5 p.m.

Woody said, “Hope to see everyone out to support your Broncs.”