Los Banos wrestling's Hartman advances to Masters with a single goal

February 24, 2009 

TURLOCK -- Extra motivation hasn't been hard to find for Los Banos' Greg Hartman.

The junior only has to go back to last year when he finished one point shy of earning a berth in the CIF State Wrestling Championship.

"I think about it a lot," Hartman said. "It drives me. It keeps me going.

"I want to place at state this year."

Hartman moved one step closer to his goal on Saturday.

Hartman defeated Grace Davis' Gabe Gonzalez 8-2 to win the 145-pound title at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South championships at Turlock High.

Hartman was one of three area wrestlers to win titles. Merced's Chris Urquizo (152) and Atwater's Ernest Beltran (285) also took home individual titles.

The top six finishers from each weight class advance to this week's Masters Tournament at the University of the Pacific.

Hartman jumped ahead of Gonzalez early in his match.

The Central California Conference champion scored takedowns in each of the first two periods.

A reversal to start the third gave Hartman a 6-0 lead.

"I just went for it," Hartman said. "I knew I needed to score a lot of points.

"I get gassed out in the third round. It happens. So I tried to score as many points as I could early on."

Urquizo found himself in a rematch of last week's CCC championship against Pitman's Cesar Padilla.

Urquizo didn't change his game plan. He came out aggressive and built an early 5-0 lead with a pair of takedowns.

Padilla scored on a reversal midway through the third round, but Urquizo held on for the win to improve to 37-3 this season.

"My strategy was attack, attack, attack," said Urquizo, ranked No. 1 in the state, according to The California Wrestler.

"(Padilla) came out more defensive this time."

Urquizo could meet up with Central Catholic's T.J. Belton, the second-ranked wrestler in the state, this week.

"I've never wrestled him," Urquizo said. "They weren't at any of the tournaments we were at this year.

"I'm looking forward to that match."

It was a tough day for Buhach Colony, which came into the day atop the team standings.

However, Jeremy Camacho (130) and Jeremy Coane (160) both were injured in their semifinal matches.

Camacho dislocated his shoulder for the third time against Downey's Matt Galton.

"That killed me," BC coach Eric Osmer said. "That was hard to deal with. (Galton) was as upset as anybody.

"He thought he had done an illegal move, but he didn't do anything wrong."

Coane broke his collarbone in his match against McNair's Carlos Cortez.

While Coane's season is over, Camacho hopes to wrestle again this week.

"He wants to go," Osmer said. "Jeremy and his parents talked to me and said they want to go.

"I told them he has to go see a doctor and get it checked out and cleared."

Beltran took home the final individual title, coming from behind to defeat Los Banos' Luis Santillan 5-3.

Beltran scored four points in the third round to erase a 2-1 deficit.

"It feels good," Beltran said. "It's my senior year and it's my first championship. I'm totally happy.

"It was a lot of hard work. It took three years to get it."

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