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Sierra wraps up two league wins

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Sierra High's Jose Cortez leans in for positioning during his victory for the Timberwolves in Wednesday's Valley Oak League match.


POSTED January 14, 2010 1:49 a.m.
Sierra High opened up its Valley Oak League match against Lathrop High with five consecutive pins, earning the bulk of its points and then holding off the Spartans for a 48-36 league win Wednesday at Sierra High.

The Timberwolves got things off to an impressive start as Jose Cortez opened the match with a pin in the 171-pd weight class, followed by pins from Alex Nuanez (189-pd), Ray Widmer (215-pd), Greg Cardenas (HWT) and Alberto Loaiza for a perfect 30-0 lead.

Lathrop was able to turn the tables, snatching the momentum back in a hurry after Jared Weiler (112-pd), Luis Oregel (119-pd) and Andrew Aquino (125-pd) all mustered pins and gave the Spartans reason to believe the match could still be theirs.

But the Timberwolves would have no such scenario, closing out the match with three wins while the Spartans could only grab two wins and a forfeit.

“As a team we are coming off of our best performance in the (Big Valley Tournament),” Sierra head coach Bob Blanco said. “They all went hard until the last minute whether they won or lost and that is what I’ve been looking for.

“Tonight, as a team we looked good, but I really believe we can take it even further.”

Lathrop fought valiantly, shaking off the intimidating image on the scoreboard and putting together a string of solid matches, solidifying the up-and-coming status of the league’s newest program. Blanco is familiar with the Spartans’ program after spending time on their coaching staff a season ago, making the progress of Lathrop High even more pleasing.

“I bond with my wrestlers, on a personal basis and of course as a coach,” Blanco said. “I know about 80-percent of those wrestlers and that is the relationship we have. Even though I’m not there anymore, it makes me feel good to see those kids’ progress.”

Lathrop’s Oregel was the Spartan that stood out most to the Sierra coach, earning himself an impressive victory by pin over one of Sierra’s more stronger weight-classes.

The Spartans cruised to victory over Central Valley, dominating the Hawks to the tune of 48-27, while Sierra took care of Central Valley 51-22. The Timberwolves will be back on the mat Friday when they make the short trek to Escalon to participate in the Lloyd Engel Tournament, kicking off at 9 a.m.

Weston Ranch 54, East Union 26
Oakdale 65, East Union 12
OAKDALE – The Cougars proved to be too tough a challenge for East Union, taking the two squads’ dual-meet action Wednesday.

Marco Castaneda (125-pd) proved to be one birght spot for the Lancers, winning both his matches on the evening with a pin over Weston Ranch’s Grant Mar and garnering a 10-6 overtime decision in East Union’s lopsided loss to Oakdale.

Jason Cortez pinned Oakdale’s Mike Gall in the 130-pd weight class and teammate Devon Woodall outlasted Oakdale heavyweight Tim House for a 3-2 triple-overtime win. Woodall also recorded a victory against the Cougars with a first round pin.
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