The Kimball High junior held a 14-0 lead
in the 132-pound championship match against Manteca’s Jacob Burttram, one point away from winning on a technical fall at the VOL tournament Saturday, Feb. 9, at Kimball High.
He went for the pin 25 seconds into the third period. It was his second pin of the day.
But the stakes are higher for Nicholson as he prepares to battle tougher opponents at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at Los Banos High.
“I just have to keep wrestling tough all the way through, hopefully make state and place,” Nicholson said. “That’s my goal this year.”
Kimball senior Nate Pearlman also claimed a league championship Saturday. Pearlman, wrestling in the 285-pound class, won his first match with a pin and then pinned Oakdale’s Eric Barrigan in 3:42. Barrigan was ahead
4-1 in the second period when Pearlman seized his opportunity to take control.
“I was just trying to hold him and hoped he would turn the other way,” Pearlman said. “I felt a little iffy when I just had his arm, but when he rolled back toward me I knew I had him.”
Nicholson and Pearlman are among the 10 Kimball wrestlers who finished in the top four in their weight classes and will move on to the SJS Division IV tournament.
are junior Robbie Delgado (106), sophomore Reese Chew (120) and junior Matt Cooper (195). Seniors Vinay Roa (113) and Logan Finley (220) placed third, and seniors Austin Griffith (152), David Gamez (160) and Kameron Tran (170) placed fourth.
The league didn’t keep a team score or name a tournament champion. Oakdale was already the league champion after going undefeated in dual matches.
The Mustangs also won gold medals in 11 of the 14 classes Saturday, and Oakdale advances all of its wrestlers to the Division IV tournament.
Tri-City Athletic League
West High senior Amrit Singh claimed his third consecutive
league title at the Tri-City Athletic League tournament on Saturday at Tokay High in Lodi.
Singh, wrestling in the 195-pound weight class, won the championship match with a third-round pin over his opponent from Tokay. Singh’s performance on Saturday also earned him the TCAL Outstanding Senior award.
Singh, the first West wrestler ever to win the award, went undefeated in league dual matches and is 32-1 this year.
He is assured a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I-AA tournament at Vintage High in Napa on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, and he plans to keep winning all the way to the California Interscholastic Federation state championships on March 1 and 2 in Bakersfield.
“This is my year,” Singh said. “I’ve got to make it to state and get a medal.”
He is one of four West wrestlers to bring home gold medals from the league tournament. Also winning gold was senior Mitch Selna (145), with a first-round pin over his opponent from Tokay in the championship match.
Senior Roy Bravo (152) and sophomore Angel Castillo (120) both won with second-round pins over opponents from Tokay High.
Six more from West finished in the top four in their respective weight classes and will advance to the division competition.
Singh said the team is confident that all of its wrestlers who made the division tournament will finish in the top eight and move on to the SJS Masters tourney in Stockton Feb. 22 and 23.
“Everybody wrestles tough, and the way we’ve been training and conditioning we should pull through,” he said.
Second-place wrestlers from West were senior Jeff Sapiandante (113) and junior Robert Misko (220). Senior Scott Romo (160) placed third, and junior Ron Sasing (106), freshman Modesto Silvestre (126) and senior Ethan Padilla (285) all finished fourth.
Tokay was the league champion after the Tigers went undefeated in dual matches and won the tournament with a team score of 268. West (165) was second, McNair (144) third, Stagg (132) fourth, St. Mary’s (84) fifth and Edison (61) sixth.
San Joaquin Athletic Association
Tracy High senior Albert Landeros repeated as league champion on Saturday as Tracy High hosted the San Joaquin Athletic Association championship tournament.
Landeros, wrestling in the 122-pound class, pinned Travis Robinson of Lincoln in 3:17 in the championship match, his second pin of the day, to take first place.
Landeros said he hadn’t wrestled Robinson before, but did see him wrestle last year as Robinson qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters meet.
“I knew what to expect and knew he was going to be good,” Landeros said.
He expects competition to be better than ever at the Division I-A tournament on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at Pitman High in Turlock, as he works toward qualifying for the state championships.
“I know we have a way tougher division this year and it’s going to be 10 times tougher to qualify for section,” he said. “I just have to bring my A game every tournament.”
Landeros is one of 13 wrestlers who will move on to the Division I-A tournament. Second-place wrestlers were Noah Blackwell (154) and Lucas Furtado (287). Junior Dalton Gualco (115), sophomore Tomaz Landeros (140), sophomore Zoheb Bafaiz (147), junior Antonio Orosco (162), junior James Faile (197) and junior Alex Warner (222) all placed third. Sophomore Jakob Anaya (108), freshman Alex Lopez (134), sophomore Richard Vasquez (172) and sophomore Steven Silva (184) all placed fourth.
Lincoln High won the tournament with 293 points, but Lodi, second place at the tournament with 289.5 points, is repeat league champion because of the Flames’
5-0 record in dual matches, including a 35-24 win over Lincoln on Jan. 29.
Tracy was third with 244.5 team points, Chavez (226.5) was fourth, Bear Creek (135) fifth, and Franklin (67) sixth.
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