The Tracy and Kimball high school wrestling teams traded matches through their first dual meet of the season Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Tracy High.
Tracy prevailed 48-36 as the Bulldogs won eight of the 14 matches, mostly in the upper weight classes. Tracy won six by pin and two by forfeit, and Kimball won five by pin and one by forfeit.
Both teams brought experienced wrestlers to the mat, and none of the matches went past the second period.
Tracy senior Dalton Gualco said the Bulldogs had prepared to face a strong Jaguar team.
“Kimball is usually good. Our team brought it this year,” Gualco said. “We’ve had strong training and strong conditioning, so that paid off.”
Gualco, wrestling in the 126-pound weight class, pinned Kimball sophomore Matthew Jaurique in 53 seconds.
Tracy junior Tomaz Landeros (160), who pinned Kimball senior Jeremiah Salud in 1 minute, 4 seconds, said his teammates expected the season to keep getting tougher.
“Everyone is taking this more seriously, and the coaches have been more strict on us,” Landeros said.
He said Tracy got a confidence boost when freshman Christian Rodriguez (106) pinned Kimball freshman Antonio Fowler in 3:47 in the first match of the night.
Tracy senior Patrick Sherrer (138) pinned sophomore Tyler Dotson in 3:59, junior Greg Listman (152) pinned junior Jacob Barba in 2:21 and junior Zoheb Bafaiz pinned sophomore Cody Hearn in 29 seconds.
Kimball coach Tyler Mullen said he had hoped for a better outcome, but Wednesday’s dual match was a good chance to see how his team compared to a crosstown rival.
“The guys I expected to take care of business took care of business,” Mullen said. “The others, we have a lot to work on.”
He noted that four of Kimball’s losses involved wrestlers in their first matches, while most of those who won had a couple of years of varsity experience.
Kimball junior Joey Grande pinned Tracy sophomore Boston Tanzi in 1:13. Grande, in his third year on the team, said it was a good competition to start the season.
“Right when I shook his hand, I felt how strong he was,” Grande said. “After that, I just kept up my endurance and stayed behind him. Just the basic stuff that’s the most efficient.”
Kimball sophomore David Gonzalez (132) beat Tracy sophomore Todd Hoffman with a pin in 2:57, junior Reese Chew (145) pinned senior Robert Gouthro in 3:28, senior Trent Nicholson (170) pinned junior Noah Blackwell in 1:53, and senior Matthew Cooper (220) pinned sophomore Kevin Thompson in 42 seconds.
West 55, Tracy 18
The West wrestling team showed off its new talent Tuesday, Dec. 3, in a preseason dual match win against Tracy High.
Tracy coach Jonathan Blackwell noted that some Bulldog wrestlers — including those who just came over from the football team — had taken their hydration tests on Tuesday and were not yet eligible to wrestle. The tests establish a wrestler’s proper weight class.
West coach Carlos Salazar agreed to treat the match as a scrimmage, which means none of the matches wrestled Tuesday will count towards wrestlers’ season totals.
Of the 12 West wrestlers who competed Tuesday, eight were new to varsity competition. Three of them won their matches by pin, one won on a major decision and two others won by forfeit.
West junior Patrick McDonald, a first-year wrestler in the 152-pound weight class, pinned Tracy junior Greg Listman in 5:04.
“I was a little nervous, but once I started, all of the adrenaline kicked in and I just got a lot of strength,” McDonald said.
He said all of the new wrestlers are confident about their prospects for the season.
“I’m hoping we can go to league championships and take our league title back,” McDonald said.
West freshman Greg Viloria (106) pinned Tracy’s John Conti in 1:57. Viloria figures his experience as a youth wrestler will be his advantage now that he’s at the high school level.
“We’ll see how I do later on,” he said. “I’m always hoping I can go to state, but I’m really hoping I can try to place.”
Other new varsity wrestlers who claimed wins for West included junior Fabio Quintanilla (220), who pinned Tracy sophomore Kevin Thompson in 1:18, and sophomore Isaiah Juan (138), who beat senior Patrick Scherrer on a 14-4 major decision.
Among West’s returning wrestlers, sophomore Modesto Silvestre (145) beat Tracy’s Marco Beltran on a 17-2 technical fall. West junior Jared Dolor (120) beat junior Jakob Anaya on a 20-3 technical fall, and West junior Angel Castillo (126) beat Nicholas Williams on an 18-3 technical fall.
Tracy won three matches. Junior Noah Blackwell (160) beat West senior Antonio Orosco on a pin 25 seconds into overtime. Tracy’s Todd Hoffman pinned West sophomore Chad Hoyt in 51 seconds. The third win was by forfeit.
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