Wrestling: Close loss sinks Tracy High below .500 in league
by Bob Brownne
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Tracy High’s wrestling team was pushed back in the San Joaquin Athletic Association standings with a 36-34 loss to Lincoln on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Tracy High.

The loss puts Tracy at 1-2 in league and tilts this year’s quest for the SJAA title in favor of Lincoln or Lodi, who face off in their final dual match of the regular season Jan. 29 at Lincoln High.

Tracy’s effort Tuesday included five consecutive individual wins in the middle weight classes at the end of the dual match. The teams split the total number of wins with seven each, but Lincoln got more points for its wins.

“I’m just proud of the team as a whole, just being able to come back from losing a few matches in a row,” said sophomore Noah Blackwell, who started Tracy’s night with a 9-4 decision over Lincoln’s Johnley Castro in the 152-pound class.

“I was a little disappointed in myself,” Blackwell said. “I should have pinned him, which would have given us three more points, and we would have had the dual meet.”

The Bulldogs won four matches by pin (6 points each), one by major decision (4 points) and two by decision (3 points each), while the Trojans won three by pin (6 points each), one by forfeit (6 points), one by technical fall (5 points), one by major decision (4 points) and one by decision (3 points).

Tracy coach Tony Leanos said he entered the night expecting more pins from his team, but he also had some of his younger wrestlers in the lineup. Nobody wrestled in the 182-pound class for Tracy because of injuries.

Leanos said that Lodi, which beat Tracy 58-18 in Lodi on Jan. 10, and Lincoln are now in the best position to fight for the league title, but Tracy can still make a strong showing at the league, division and section tournaments.

“We’ll have to come back and make some noise and advance guys,” Leanos said.

The dual match looked like it would have a lopsided score in Lincoln’s favor after the Trojans won most of the upper-middle, heavy and light weight classes.

Tracy then won a string of matches at the end, starting with junior Dalton Gualco’s pin in 3:27 over Lincoln’s Josh Salisbury in the 120-pound class.

“I didn’t know much about my opponent. Mostly it’s just the coaches helping us out with our determination and getting us fit and ready for the match,” Gualco said.

Sophomore Tomaz Landeros (138) got a pin in 2:59 over Jonah Garcia, right after his brother, senior Albert Landeros (132) won with a pin in 2:53 over Angelo Jacquez.

In other wins, Tracy junior Alex Warner (220) pinned Vincent Estus in 3:15, senior DeJahn Williams (126) beat Anthony Rocha on a 10-1 major decision, and sophomore Zoheb Bafaiz (145) pinned Jessica Rodriguez in 1:10.

Kimball wrestlers win one, lose one

Kimball High’s wrestlers added a win and a loss to their Valley Oak League record after a double dual match at Sierra High in Manteca on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The Jaguars (3-1 VOL) lost 40-27 to league leader Oakdale and beat Sierra, 66-10.

Kimball won five of the 14 matches, including pins for junior Trent Nicholson (138) and senior Nathan Pearlman (285). Senior Austin Griffith (152) went the distance for a 22-10 major decision, and senior Vinay Rao (120) won on a 6-0 decision.

Kimball also won a match by forfeit.

Kimball also put up close contests in the 120-pound class, where sophomore Reese Chew lost 6-5 in the final seconds, junior Matt Cooper (195) lost a 4-2 decision, and senior Logan Finley (220) lost a 4-1 decision at the end of the third round.

Kimball benefitted from eight Sierra forfeits in the other dual match, plus a 16-4 major decision for Chew, a 15-0 technical fall for Nicholson, a 10-5 decision for Griffith, and a second-round pin for Finley.

West falls at Tokay

West High’s wrestlers took a step back in the Tri-City Athletic League standings with a 37-26 loss at Tokay High in Lodi on Jan. 10.

The outcome put West at 1-1 in TCAL duals and Tokay at 2-0 in league, giving the Tigers the advantage in competition for the league title.

West won six of the 14 matches for the night.

Senior Ethan Padilla (285) won with a second-round pin and senior Roy Bravo (145) won with a second-round pin. Seniors Jeff Sapiandante (120) and Mitchell Selna (152) and sophomore Angel Castillo (126) all won major decisions, and senior Amrit Singh (195) won his match on a decision.

Tokay won four matches by pin, one on a technical fall and three on decisions.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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