SAN JOSE — When Bryan Battisto got the pin over John Sinclair, only one thing went through his mind.
"OK," he said.
The Harbor High wrestler capped off a long Saturday by winning a Central Coast Section wrestling championship, pinning Pioneer's Sinclair in the third round at Independence High.
The final Santa Cruz County wrestler to compete, Battisto needed almost all three rounds to get the win over Sinclair.
In the third round, he started from the top position and immediately held down Sinclair. Battisto kept working on top for about 35 seconds before flipping Sinclair onto his shoulders and holding him there for the pin.
The pin ended a dominant final two rounds for the Harbor wrestler, who trailed early.
In the first minute, Sinclair got one of Battisto's legs and tried to swing him down. Battisto eventually fell to a knee and was unable to escape the takedown. He managed to get out of bounds and get a restart at the center of the mat. On the restart, it took just a few seconds for Battisto to get a reversal and tie the match at 2-2.
Battisto chose the down position to start the second round, saying it plays to his strengths. He showed why, getting a reversal right away to take a 4-2 lead. He let go of his grasp for a moment, and Sinclair escaped.
The two battled for position and Battisto got a takedown just as the wrestlers moved out of bounds, giving the Harbor wrestler a 6-3 lead. For the complete article see the 02-26-2013 issue.
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