He’s one of two local wrestling coaches — Tracy High coach Tony Leanos being the other — who will host league tournaments for their school this weekend.
Valley Oak League
Mullen expects there to be between 250 to 300 wrestlers vying for the top-four individual spots in each weight class. Those qualifiers will go to the SJS Division IV tournament Tuesday, Feb. 15, and Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Los Banos High.
“Seven guys (from Kimball) should go on for sure,” Mullen said, adding that number includes junior Trent Nicholson (138), a league champion and state qualifier last year, and senior Nate Pearlman (285).
He said both will likely be top seeds in their classes.
The team title already went to Oakdale (7-0 VOL), which won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV team duals Saturday, Feb. 2.
Weston Ranch (6-1 VOL) finished second, and Kimball (5-2 VOL) was third.
Saturday’s tournament is the first time Kimball will host the league finals.
Competition begins at 9 a.m. on four mats in the main gym, with eight-man brackets for varsity and 12-man brackets for junior varsity.
Varsity championship matches will start between 3:30 and 4 p.m.
It’s the first time Kimball has hosted the league finals. Mullen borrowed some mats from Weston Ranch High School and then spent his week recruiting scorekeepers and other volunteers from the Kimball student body.
San Joaquin Athletic Association
Tracy High coach Tony Leanos expects about 200 wrestlers, including varsity and junior varsity, in the San Joaquin Athletic Association tournament at Tracy High.
Competition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, and Leanos borrowed a couple mats from West High so that he can have three matches at a time in the Tracy High gym.
He expects the varsity championship matches will begin at about 3:30 to 4 p.m.
The SJAA league championship is based on a combination of league dual matches and the league tournament. The defending champion is Lodi (5-0 SJAA).
Leanos said that he knew Lodi would be strong, but expected the Bulldogs (2-3 SJAA) would do better in league duals.
Tracy’s hopes for a league championship diminished after late-season losses to Lincoln and Bear Creek.
“We definitely would like to win the league tournament,” Leanos said. “That’s the goal we’re going in with.”
The top-four varsity wrestlers in each class will go to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I-A tournament on Tuesday and Wednesday at Pitman High in Turlock.
Leanos said that he expects senior Albert Landeros (128) to be a top seed in his class and that he could repeat as league champion.
Tri-City Athletic League
West High’s wrestling team will travel to Tokay High in Lodi to compete for the Tri-City Athletic League title on Saturday.
West (4-1 TCAL) will have to win the tournament and Tokay (5-0 TCAL) will have to lose to West and at least one other team if the Wolf Pack is to repeat as league champion.
The TCAL will send its top four varsity wrestlers from each class to the SJS Division I-AA tournament, which will be at Vintage High in Napa Feb. 15 and 16.
West coach Carlos Salazar expects his team’s seniors, including Amrit Singh (220) and Roy Bravo (145) — both league champs from last year — will do well. Sophomore Angel Castillo (120) was also a league champ last year.
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