Despite an injured team member, the Comets finished fourth in the recently held Southern California Dual Wrestling Tournament.
The tournament was held at the Palomar Dome on Oct. 16. The Comets were off to a good start, having defeated their first opponent East L.A. 46-9.
But in the next round, the team lost to Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC). Palomar was trailing 19-18, with one minute and 29 seconds remaining on the clock, when Comets’ Nolan Browne dislocated his elbow.
According to Assistant Coach Don Barrios, the team had to forfeit because of the injury, causing Mt. SAC to pick up six points. By the end, they had defeated the Comets 25-18.
Prior to the tournament, Head Coach Brody Barrios, along with the rest of his team, said they have very positive outlooks about bringing home the title.
“We set our sights high. We have a goal of winning the state (championship) and we have an opportunity to do that,” Barrios said.
Team member Drasko Bognadovic said, “I feel like we’re gonna come out on top.”
After Brown was taken to the hospital, the Comets continued to have their match with All-Star teams, which defeated them 42-6. They then entered their last match against Cerritos.
Junior Lule, Drasko Bogdanovic and Freshman Marshall Palmer were the three wrestlers who won all four matches during the tournament that day.
Before the injury, Brown won his match against East L.A.
Cerritos finished in third place, while Santa Ana College and Mt. SAC grabbed the state titles. Palomar stands 6-3 on the season at the time of print.