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East Union’s Peter Barrington and Manteca’s Jacob Burtram battle in the 138-pound weight class on Wednesday. Barrington would win with a win pin.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED January 17, 2013 12:14 a.m.

East Union wrestling coach Andrew Reindel didn’t mince his words in the days leading up to Wednesday’s Valley Oak League tussle with Manteca.

The Lancers were going to get just one shot at a home match this season – just one, he warned – so they’d better impress.

“Knowing it was going to be our last match on that mat, I tried to use that as motivation,” Reindel said. “The kids responded tremendously. The seniors wrestled their hearts out and the non-seniors wrestled hard for them.”

East Union, celebrating six seniors, didn’t waste time.

The Lancers followed a string of forfeits at the start with two pins and an emotional double overtime victory by Jesus Vasquez at 147 pounds, setting the tone for a 54-25 victory.

Kyle Bean, Peter Barrington, Joel Malena and Josh Byrd recorded pins for the Lancers, now 2-1 in VOL duals. Barrington and Byrd were the only seniors to win a match on the mat in their final home appearance; lightweight dynamos Sarah Philips and Mariah Wheeler won via forfeit.

Josh Williamson, Zack Prieto, and Travis Burciaga also won by pin-fall for the Buffaloes, who couldn’t crawl out of a 39-0 hole to start the match.

Vasquez’s victory was the highlight.

The junior won with a reversal in the second overtime period, edging Jacob Orner 3-2. The match was tied 1-1 after regulation and neither wrestler was able to score a takedown during the sudden-death round of overtime.

“His was the first real battle of the night. If Manteca wins that match, they get some momentum going,” Reindel said. “He gutted it out and got the win.”

W.Ranch 53, Sonora 20

W. Ranch 61, Lathrop 9

SONORA – Brendon (120 pounds) and Brandon Mungarro (138) carried the Cougars in their tri-meet with Sonora and Lathrop. 

Girls Basketball

Lathrop 45, Oakdale 37

OAKDALE – The Lathrop Spartans bounced back from a dismal third quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 18-9 in the fourth.

“Oakdale was a lot tougher team then their record indicates,” Lathrop head coach Ed Fang said. “I was pleased with the way the girls were able to respond in the fourth.”

Janet Visaya led Lathrop with 11 points, while Loreal Taylor and Jaslyn Simon both finished with 10. Taylor also pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds for the Spartans.

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