West coach Carlos Salazar said it’s a relief to get an early win over the Eagles.
Though West is the two-time defending league champion, the TCAL crown both years has come down to the Wolf Pack and the Eagles, with the last dual match of the season usually determining the title.
With McNair out of the way this season, Salazar said the Wolf Pack’s main rival will be Tokay, which West will face in the second dual match of the season Thursday, Jan. 10, in Lodi.
West won the Jan. 3 meet with victories in nine of 14 matches, including seven wins by pin, one by forfeit and one on a decision.
The decision turned out to be one of the hardest-fought matches of the night, as senior Jeff Sapiandante and his opponent, wrestling in the 120-pound weight class, went for three rounds and four overtime periods.
Sapiandante won it, 9-8.
Jared Dolor (113) and Mitchell Selna (152) both won on first-round pins; Amrit Singh (220), Roy Bravo (145) and Scott Romo (160) won on second-round pins; and Ethan Padilla (285) and Ricardo Gallardo (126) won with third-round pins.
McNair won two matches by pin and two by forfeit.
Kimball seventh at tournament
Kimball High’s wrestling team placed seventh out of 47 teams competing at the 12th annual Mat Classic at Granada High in Livermore on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Kimball scored 102 team points and brought home five medals, including gold for junior Trent Nicholson, silver for junior Matt Cooper and bronze for senior Nate Pearlman.
Nicholson, wrestling in the 138-pound weight class, won five matches, including two by pin and a 5-0 decision in the final against Alberto Loaiza of Sierra High.
Cooper (195) won three matches, including two by pin, before he lost a 7-3 decision in the finals to Emanuel Anaim of Dougherty Valley High.
Pearlman (285) won his first match by pin but lost on a 3-1 decision in overtime to Rangel Lowry of Deer Valley High. Pearlman then won three in a row by pin, including a first-round pin on Lowry in the third-place match, to earn his medal.
Also medaling was senior Vinay Roa (120), who went 2-2 for the day and finished in fifth place, and sophomore Reese Chew (126), who went 4-1 for the day and finished in seventh place.
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