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Sierra struggles in league opener

Sierra's Alex Nuanez gets the takedown against Ceres during the Timberwolves' double-dual meet against the Bulldogs and Oakdale Mustangs Wednesday in Oakdale.

IKE DODSON/The Bulletin

POSTED January 7, 2010 2:21 a.m.
OAKDALE – The Sierra Timberwolves knew they were fighting an uphill battle, but they had no idea their Valley Oak League opener would end with a 51-21 and a 64-9 loss to Ceres and Oakdale highs Wednesday.

The Timberwolves were unable to get anything going on the mat, finding some success against the Bulldogs and none at all against the reigning VOL champion Mustangs.

“As a team we just did not come out and perform,” Sierra head coach Bob Blanco said. “As a whole, we didn’t put out the effort. We were not ready; not in the right frame of mind and we didn’t give our best.
“As a head coach, I have to take total responsibility for that.”

Brandon Carries was able to land an 8-6 decision against Ceres in the 119-pound weight-class, while Alex Nunez (189-pd), Raymond Widmer (215-pd) and Greg Cardenas (hwt) all recorded pins against the Bulldogs.

Against Oakdale, Sierra would have no such success with Timberwolf 130-pounder Aidon Foster issuing out the team’s only pin. Austin Soto (160-pd) won on an 8-4 decision to complete Sierra’s scoring.

“I have to be realistic,” Blanco said of Oakdale’s dominance. “They are a tough program and we have a ways to go before we can say were going to get them next time.

“I do know that we will give a way better performance than we did (Wednesday).”

Lathrop 42, East Union 36
Sonora 45, Lathrop 30
Sonora 41, East Union 33
SONORA – The Lathrop Spartans made a debut at the VOL’s varsity level that will never forget, knocking off the East Union Lancers 42-36 for a league win.
Lathrop was unable to make it a 2-0 start, falling to Sonora by six points, yet still making a positive stride in the program’s young tenure.

Andrew Aquino (119-pd), Chris DeGuzman (140-pd) and Dennis Johnson (189-pd) led the Spartans with two wins apiece.

The Lancers were led by Marco Castaneda (125-pd) and Stevyn Teele (135-pd), both of whom collected pins in the Lancers’ eight-point loss to Sonora.
— Jagada Chambers
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