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DIVISION II: CAMARILLO'S BERMAN HAS TOUGH TIME.

Byline: Chris Cocoles Daily News Staff Writer

Josh Berman figured he could get the takedown that might just carry him to a Southern Section Division II wrestling title.

So in the third round of his match with Rancho Verde's Jason Palmer, the Camarillo High senior conceded a point and the lead that he just couldn't regain.

Beginning the period on top, Berman let loose of Palmer to fall behind 4-3 in the 152-pound bout.

Then with both wrestlers in a neutral position, it was Palmer who took command with the takedown Berman wanted and won 8-4.

``I couldn't quite get it,'' said Berman, seeded third in the division. ``It was a big letdown when I couldn't take (Palmer) down. I got a little tired. What I have to do is run a little more this week.''

Earlier in the match, Berman had the top-seeded Palmer in trouble, taking a 3-0 lead in the second period after a scoreless first.

``I wasn't wrestling my style, I was wrestling his,'' said Berman, 30-4 on the season.

Thousand Oaks' Larry Schneider entered his 145-pound final with a 40-1 overall record and a No. 2 seed. But top seed Ryan Kane, like Schneider a junior, took control quickly. Schneider scored his only points on escapes in a 15-3 loss.

``He was a pretty tough guy,'' Schneider said of Kane. ``I had to defend him really well and I couldn't.''

Kane took Schneider down in the opening seconds of the first round and continuously added to his lead with takedowns.

``He did a move called `the fireman.' I couldn't stop it. After the first few times he used it, it got a little better for me,'' Schneider said. ``It was kind of overwhelming. He has a lot more experience than me. He went to state last year. I was proud I could make it this far.''

At 215 pounds, unseeded Steve Jauregui of Thousand Oaks fell 4-2 in overtime to Brian Smith of Apple Valley. Temecula Valley, sending eight wrestlers to the championship round, ran away with the team championship.

The top six individuals in each division advance to Saturday's Masters meet at Fountain Valley.
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Title Annotation:SPORTS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Feb 22, 1998
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