By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor
New Palisades High wrestling coach Mike Lawlor believes that to be the best you have to beat the best. To get an idea how his young team measures up in the City he arranged a dual meet with reigning section champion Birmingham last week in Lake Balboa and the Dolphins gave a good account of themselves, losing only 44-35 despite having to forfeit five weight classes.
“Some of our younger guys wrestled their veteran guys and did very well—this [level] is what we strive for,” Lawlor said. “Sometimes you can help the team even when you lose by not getting pinned or not giving them extra points with a major decision. It was good team wrestling.”
Palisades’ girls Lily Topputo (137) and Nallely Osorio took the mat first, then freshman Charlie Addis won his JV match against Birmingham Tommy Garcia, 17-13.
Parsa Pourmoula won by fall in 1:42 against Birmingham’s Ruben Romero at 126 pounds, Kyle Santelices won by fall in 1:02 against Birmingham’s Kevin Barragan at 132 pounds, Erinn Jackson pinned the Patriots’ Victor Masis in 3:22 at 145 pounds and Luke Hansen scored a 15-0 major decision over Birmingham’s Frankie Guerra at 170. At heavyweight (285), Immanuel Newell pinned Birmingham’s Alan Aleman in 1:43.