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MHS wrestling squeezes out victory vs. Spartans

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MHS wrestling squeezes out victory vs. Spartans

Jasmine Ivey of Lathrop turns the tables on Manteca’s Mathew Quiroga with this second-round reversal and near-fall count on Wednesday.

IKE DODSON/Special to the Bulletin


POSTED January 10, 2013 12:02 a.m.

OAKDALE — Lathrop High wrestling coach Vince Garcia will have to wait another year to take down his alumni.

The 2000 graduate of Manteca challenged his former team with six wins across the 14 weight classes, but couldn’t overcome seven Buffalo victories as Manteca stole a 41-34 dual win in the first Valley Oak League tri-meet of the season on Wednesday in Oakdale.

Host Oakdale punished Lathrop 72-6 and Manteca 67-6, looking every bit the program that has captured four consecutive Sac-Joaquin Division 4 team dual titles (2009-2012).

“When you wrestle a powerhouse like that it’s hard to show up at all,” Garcia said. “We are trying to put together what we can. All in all, I think we did pretty good but it’s just tough to wrestle Oakdale.”

The Mustangs sat out three state-ranked grapplers (Nico Colunga, Ronnie Stevens and Tyler Noon), but yielded just a forfeit to Lathrop and allowed only Manteca wrestler Zachary Prieto a victory.

Prieto attacked Oakdale’s Quinton Castaneda in their 160-pound contest. He snapped a strong cradle and ripped Castaneda to his back for a pin just 1 minute, 26 seconds in. It was the type of showing Manteca coach John Vazquez had hoped to see out of his Buffaloes.

“Everybody talks about Oakdale being a powerhouse, but our kids were not afraid of them,” he said. “It’s hard to beat a powerhouse, but I think our kids did well and Zack was terrific.”

Prieto moved up a weight (170 pounds) to wrestle Lathrop’s Omar Guzman in the prior dual, but wasn’t as fortunate in Guzman’s 12-3 win. Lathrop had won the previous match with David Lund’s pin, and made it a three-match streak when 182-pounder Jay Butler overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit and pinned Travis Burciaga in the third round.

Manteca made the difference with victories in four consecutive weights when the action started at 132 pounds.

Michael Gamez lit the fuse with a 15-0 tech-fall win over Santino Tarozzi and watched Jacob Burtram, Jacob Orner and Matthew Quiroga keep the fire going with pins.

“We won where we had to against Lathrop,” Vazquez said. “Our kids stepped up and wrestled hard.”

Sophomore

Lathrop bested Manteca 21-18 courtesy of three forfeits and an 8-3 victory by Manual Valim. Marcus Avila and Jesse Avila collected wins for the Buffs.

Lathrop fell 60-15 to Oakdale, despite a late individual triumph. Valim trailed 8-4 before a third-round pin turned the tide. Joshua Suarez also won via pin.

Manteca was dealt a 66-9 defeat by Oakdale.

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