NEWPORT BEACH — Corona del Mar High Coach Gary Almquist said he spent last season's Battle of the Bay under the knife. He was undergoing double-knee replacement surgery when his wrestlers visited him at the hospital.
The Sea Kings had just beat Newport Harbor. Instead of flowers, they brought Almquist a gift from the match, a framed Golden Singlet.
Almquist said he has no recollection of the wrestlers showing up.
"I was all drugged up," Almquist said with a laugh.
Almquist will clearly remember Thursday night's Battle of the Bay at Newport Harbor. He was on a natural high.
The Sea Kings owned the Battle of the Bay for the second straight year, outlasting the Sailors, 37-30. The event went down to the wire as the one last season.
Almquist has heard the stories of how his Sea Kings managed to hold on at the end, despite dropping the final match. The same wrestler who finished last season's match for CdM capped Thursday's affair.