Mora holds on to help Brentwood prevail

Brentwood's Alexis Blanco (top) goes for the pin Brentwood's Alexis Blanco (top) goes for the pin against Longwood's Malik Rasheed in the 138-pound weight class. (Feb. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: George A. Faella

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Brentwood's Calvin Mora took a deep breath or two, waved on the crowd for encouragement and went about the task of holding on for dear life. The 220-pound junior had a 1-0 lead and top position with 31 seconds left against Longwood's Brian Gutierrez.

When the match resumed, Mora put a vise grip on Gutierrez, preserving the victory that gave the Indians an eight-point lead with three matches to go.

Brentwood won two of the last three matches to prevail, 37-23, in League I. With the Indians' win, they clinched their first League I dual meet title since 2008, breaking Longwood's three-year run at the top.

"We had a lot of injuries early and some things we had to overcome, but once we started getting healthy, the team came together," Brentwood coach Ralph Napolitano said.

The match started at 113, and following two Longwood decision victories, the Indians' Marc Gonzalez pinned Joe Connolly in 1:48 at 126 pounds to even things at six apiece.

In the meet's marquee match, Brentwood Alexis Blanco improved to 38-0 with a 5-2 decision against Malik Rasheed at 138. Scoreless after the first, a takedown early in the second gave Blanco a 2-0 lead. An escape early in the third made it 3-1, and a reversal with 20 seconds left in the match put things out of reach for Rasheed.

The 152-pounder Nicky Hall earned a pin over Luis Rodriguez to give Longwood (4-2) a 16-13 cushion.

Brentwood (6-0) evened the score at 16 when Carlos Toribio (33-4) scored a 3-0 decision over Eddie Jennings.

The Indians, trailing 20-19, took the lead for good when Joshua Barksdale pinned Michael Graterax in 1:05 at 195 pounds.

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