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EU’s Woodall, Phillips earn tournament gold

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POSTED December 15, 2009 1:24 a.m.

STOCKTON — East Union High’s varsity wrestling team got its usual strong efforts from some of its top middle-weight grapplers during the Bear Creek Tournament at Delta College Saturday, but the best finishes came from others.

Junior heavyweight Devon Woodall continued his surprisingly hot start to the season by going 3-0, and Sarah Phillips pinned all four of her opponents to take the girls 103-pound title.

Woodall stuck Brian Pierce of Mira Loma in 3 minutes, 5 seconds to seal his first-place finish and marked his 11th victory by pinfall in 13 matches. After qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament last year, EU coach A.J. Reindel has high hopes for heavyweight.

“He is strong as an ox and learning how to wrestle,” Reindel said. “He pulled off some moves this weekend that we didn’t expect him to do. He’s getting some finesse to go with the power moves. It’s a long season and he has a ways to go, but so far he’s looking good.”

Reindel is also pleased with the progress made by Phillips, a freshman that hopes to leave her mark at East Union’s own Lady Lancer Tournament on Dec. 30.

“Sarah has really impressed me,” Reindel said. “She has a huge heart and never quits. She has a long and bright future ahead of her.”

Stevyn Teeple, Parsa Davari and Marco Castaneda also turned in notable performances.

Teeple was pinned by Tanner Meyer of Paradise in 2:43 in the 140-pound final, and Davari defeated Ceres’ Jordan Apodaca, 10-3, for third place at 145.

Castaneda did well despite competing two divisions higher than normal at 135, placing fourth. He was stopped in 2:33 by Ceres’ Keegan Overbey in the third-place match.

“I put Marco up at 135 for the (tournament’s) team (duals) on Friday and to challenge him a little bit,” Reindel said. “He wrestled well, but the weight and strength difference caught up to him at the end.”

Up next for East Union is Stagg High’s Demolition Day in Stockton.

Junior varsity
Beyer Tournament

Modesto — The second-year Lathrop High program had itself another good weekend in the junior varsity circuit Saturday.

Of the 27 Spartans that made the trip, all 27 advanced past the first two rounds and 20 ended placing.

Earning first-place medals with 3-0 records were: Jared Weiler (112), Jeremy Asican (112), Luis Oregel (125), Christian Pena (130) and Aziez Hassan (215). Andrew Aquino (119) also took first but wrestled just two matches.

Barry Bautista (125), Elijah Cash (135), Myles Romo (152) and Mike Goldberg (285) were runner-up finishers.  Placing third were: Roosevelt Theoudele (119), Kevin Howard (125), Humza Alfarah (135), Omar Guzman (140), Oscar Tapia (152), Carlos Fernandez (160), Arck Ramirez (160), Patric Insogna (285).

— Jonamar Jacinto


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