Desert Vista's Tariq Hornbuckle pinned Mountain Pointe's Jacob Riley in the 113-pound match on Wednesday at Desert Vista.

By Cheryl Haselhorst, Staff photographer

The Desert Vista wrestling team needed a bit of tune-up before heading off to the Cheesehead.

The Thunder haven’t had a whole lot of mat some since the start of Christmas break so they got a chance to take on someone other than their practice partners on Wednesday night and came away with an easy, breezy 65-4 dual meet win over Mountain Pointe.

“We just wanted to get a few minutes on the mat and stay healthy,” Desert Vista coach David Gonzales said. “Now we are ready to see where stand against some of the great competition in the Midwest.”

Desert Vista boards a plane Thursday and heads to Wisconsin for the Cheesehead Invite in Kaukauna. It’s the Thunder’s first trip there after heading to San Diego the last few years.

The Thunder looked to be ready for all comers against Mountain Pointe as they won 11 of the 12 matches wrestled with eight of the wins garnering bonus points.

Mountain Pointe first-year coach Greg Dayoob knew it was going to be a tough matchup for his young lineup, but wanted to see who in his lineup stepped up to the challenge and who let it overwhelm them.

He pointed to his sophomore 106-pounder Keegan Archer, who lost 14-8 to state placer Ernie del Rio, but was the aggressor from the start as he got the first takedown and held his own throughout the match.

“I will use him as an example for the rest of the team,” Dayoob said. “He showed how you go out and say I am on your level, I can wrestle with you and I coming after you. To be honest most of our kids still don’t believe they are capable of beating them. And most of them aren’t but you end up getting beat by more than you should or pinned because you are beat mentally before you step on the mat. We have to get that out of our system.”

Arthur said he didn’t let del Rio’s status get to him.

“You have to approach it like he is no different than you,” he said. “He’s just another high school wrestler, goes to school just like you and I shouldn’t give him too much respect.”

The Pride’s only other win came at 160 when senior captain Jacob Rasmussen used three takedowns and was aided by a few technical violations for a 11-2 major decision over Jack Mathers.

Desert Vista won the two closest match of the night came at 171 when J.C. Paz of Desert Vista secured a takedown with 12 seconds left in the first overtime to beat Travis Myers 5-3 and Micah Simpson prevailed 3-2 over Michael Waites at 132.

Box score

Desert Vista 65, Mountain Pointe 4

106: Ernest Del Rio (DV) dec. Keegan Arthur (MP), 13-8.

113: Tariq Hornbuckle (DV) pin Jacob Riley (MP), 4:24.

120: Jordan Martinez (DV) by forfeit.

126: Rahshaan Taylor (DV) pin Cale Fayne (MP), 4:32.

132: Micah Simpson (DV) dec. Michael Waites (MP), 3-2.

138: Dominic Shepardson (DV) pin Anthony Steele (MP), 3:07.

145: Kaeden Moore (DV) tech. fall David Bermudez (MP), 19-3.

152: Michael Busby (DV) over Dylan Pepe (MP), 8-2.

160: Jacob Rasmussen (MP) maj. dec. Jack Mathers (DV), 11-2.

170: J.C. Paz (DV) dec. Travis Myers (MP), 5-3 OT.

182: Brendan Gill (DV) pin James Jessie (MP), 1:39.

195: Chad Porter (DV) by forfeit.

220: Jackson Lee (DV) pin Luis Chavez (MP), 1:52.

HVY: Brett Johnson (DV) pin Angel Mejia (MP), 1:24.

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