7 local wrestlers off to Masters

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comFebruary 22, 2013 

Los Banos and Pacheco's wrestlers may have fallen in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 championship matches, but between the two schools, seven local wrestlers are headed for the section Masters meet today and Saturday.

In the championship matches, LB's Riko Quintana was pinned by Oakdale's Ronnie Stevens at 120 pounds, Jimmy Felix was pinned by Kimball's Trent Nicholson at 132 and Marcus Carrillo lost 7-4 to Vista del Lago's Ben Johnson at 152. In addition, LB qualified Tyler Felix (106), Josh Bustamante (126) and Dretel Blackwell (195).

"At this level, you kind of separate the cream from the rest of the crop," Los Banos coach Josh Adams said. "It was tough. We had some tough matches, couple of tough losses here and there, but overall, they battled back -- like the guys who had a tough first couple of rounds, but some of the guys battled back."

Pacheco's Robert Burkart lost 5-1 to Cosumnes Oaks' Oscar Flores in the 170-pound final, but, a week after becoming the school's first league champion, he becomes Pacheco's first Masters qualifier.

"That tells us how much our program is coming along," Pacheco coach Michael Singh said. "In the last couple of years -- the first year we sent a couple of guys to divisions, and they were all out in the first two matches. Last year we took six, and five ended up wrestling, and same thing, 10 matches, we were gone that first day."

Pacheco came close to having two more qualifiers -- Brandon Villareal lost 9-4 to Cosumnes Oaks' Armando Glinton in the consolation semifinals, then pinned Patterson's Francisco Plasencia to take fifth and an alternate spot. PHS sophomore heavyweight Everardo Santillan finished sixth.

Team-wise, section powerhouse Oakdale rolled the tournament with 290 points (second-place Central Catholic scored 158) and qualified wrestlers in all 14 weight classes.

""We obviously want to be one of the top teams in our masters tournament, so we basically need everybody to go through," Oakdale coach Brian Stevens said. "We lost some matches we probably shouldn't have lost, and wrestled some good matches, so we're trying to work hard and peak at the end of the season."

The Mustangs notched seven individual champions -- Nico Colunga at 106 pounds, Ronnie Stevens at 120, Max Stevens at 126, Tyler Noon at 145, Hondo Arpoika at 195, Zach Fallentine at 220 and Eric Barrigan at heavyweight.

Kimball placed third with 125.5 points, followed by host Los Banos with 125. Weston Ranch rounded out the top five with 114.5 points.

Central Catholic, which had three individual champions at last week's Western Athletic Conference tournament, again put three on top of the medal podium -- Joey Abbate at 138, Ray Lomas at 160 and Reggie Bland at 182, while advancing six total to the Masters tournament.

DP headed to section

Dos Palos took fourth place at the Central Section Sierra/Sequoia Division Finals last Saturday in Shafter, scoring 181 points to first-place Selma's 221.

Five Broncos advanced to the Central Section Masters tournament -- Anthony Ortegas at 106 pounds, Jesus Valdez at 132, Nathan Pimentel at 138, Izzac Suarez at 145 and Juan Jimenez at 182.

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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