The Lodi Flames dealt the Tracy High wrestling team a setback on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Tracy High.
Lodi’s 67-6 win over Tracy puts the Flames at 2-0 in San Joaquin Athletic Association dual matches and keeps Lodi in the running for the league title. Tracy now is 1-1 in SJAA duals.
Tracy coach Jonathan Blackwell said he knew that a relatively young lineup, including five sophomores and a freshman, would have a tough time against the defending league champion Flames. Tracy also forfeited three matches in the light weight classes.
“They’ll know now what it takes, and hopefully we can build on that,” Blackwell said. “We’ll get kids healthy and get kids at the weight they’re supposed to be at. At the league tournament we’ll have another shot.”
Tracy senior Alex Warner, wrestling in the 285-pound class, and junior Tomaz Landeros were the only Tracy wrestlers to claim wins Thursday. Warner said he hopes a team loss drives the younger wrestlers to work harder in practice
“As the year goes on they’ll get better and get more experience,” Warner said. “They’ll get mat time, and that make a whole lot of difference.”
Warner (285) won a hard-fought contest with Lodi’s Hector Soto, scoring on takedowns in the second and third periods for the 5-0 decision.
Tomaz Landeros beat Justin Medeiros on a 6-3 decision in the 154-pound weight class after Landeros held the advantage the entire match but was unable to turn Medieros for a pin.
Lodi won seven matches by pin, one by major decision, one by decision and three by forfeit.
Tokay 42, West 29
West was strong in the lighter weight classes, but Tokay was just as strong in the heavy classes and the also won the matches in the middle classes on Thursday, Jan. 16, at West High. The loss puts the Wolf Pack at 1-1 in Tri-City Athletic League duals, and Tokay at 2-0 in TCAL duals.
West coach Carlos Salazar said most of the pressure was on West’s experienced wrestlers in the lighter classes.
“In such a meaningful match I have no choice, and they came through,” he said.
West won five of the 14 matches. West junior Jared Dolor (120) pinned Isauro Flores in 3 minutes, 44 seconds, junior Angel Castillo (126) pinned Jesus Cervantes in 5:10, sophomore Modesto Silvestre (132) pinned James Souza in 3:22, senior Carlos Vasquez (138) pinned David Warnake in 41 seconds, and freshman Greg Viloria (106) beat Shan Sahota on a 19-3 technical fall.
Tokay won four matches by pin, four by decision and one by forfeit.
Sierra 40, Kimball 37
A Kimball High wrestling team left shorthanded by injuries lost a Valley Oak League dual meet at Sierra High 40-37 on Wednesday, Jan. 15, even as the Jaguars won most of the matches on the mat.
Coach Tyler Mullen said his team won seven of the 14 total matches, while forfeiting four.
“We definitely had the better of them, but we gave up too many forfeits,” Mullen said.
Five Kimball wrestlers — seniors Robbie Delgado (113), Trent Nicholson (160) and Matt Cooper (220), junior Reese Chew (145) and sophomore Matthew Jaurique (120) — all pinned their opponents. Sophomore Kaiona Caspillo (106) won by major decision, and sophomore David Gonzalez (132) won by decision.
Sierra won three matches on the mat: two by pin and one by major decision.
With the loss, the Jaguars are 2-1 in VOL duals, with dual meets coming up at home against two top league contenders, Oakdale and Weston Ranch, on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
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