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Tiebreaker decides Manteca’s loss to Tracy

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Tiebreaker decides Manteca’s loss to Tracy

Manteca’s Jason Welch (top) finishes off Kyle Silveira of visiting Tracy for the pinfall win at 170 pounds.


POSTED December 15, 2017 2:03 a.m.



There are some who say you cannot go home again. Do not tell that to the Garcia brothers.

Manteca alums Vince Garcia graduate Bennie Garcia — class of 2000 and 2004, respectively — have returned to their roots to take the helm of the Buffaloes wrestling program with Vince as the head coach. They previously coached at Lathrop High together. 

On Thursday, Manteca faced off with Tracy at Winter Gymnasium in its first dual match under the two brothers’ guidance. The visiting Bulldogs won via tiebreaker after the nonleague contest ended in a 36-36 tie.

“It feels good that we were able to come back as a brother squad,” Vince Garcia said. “We also have our nephew Alex and Cristian Garcia (no relation), a former wrestler for us in Lathrop, with us now. 

“It feels good. We get to come back as a family. We were known as the Garcia brothers from Manteca and it is exciting to come back here and try and get Manteca wrestling back to where it was when I graduated and start winning again.”

A tie-breaking criterion was used, the first of which is to give the loss to the team that had committed a willful-misconduct penalty. Unfortunately for Manteca, Eli Blackwell came in with a hard crossface to Dylan Gase at 138 pounds, and Gase’s mouth happened to be open at the time. This resulted in a tooth impression on Blackwell’s arm, and by rule that yields a disqualification and a penalty.

“It was a good, hard, clean crossface,” Vince Garcia said. “And Gase is a good kid and didn’t mean to bite him, but it left a mark and the rules are the rules.”

The Buffaloes started the night with back-to-back pins with Jacob Welch (170) over Kyle Silveira in 1 minute, 55 seconds and Dominic Ramirez (182) over Nicolas Bronson in 3:35. Both Welch and Ramirez were trailing at the time they got their pins.  

“He had a good takedown at the beginning,” Welch said. “But I fought hard. He’s a good wrestler and I have only had one week of practice due to football, but I got the win.”

Ramirez was trailing 7-2. 

“He was working me pretty good,” Ramirez said. “But I started to wear him out when I was on the bottom.

“He kept putting his hand on my stomach and I used leverage against him and I was able to kick my foot up and flip him.” 

Geo Alvarez (285) and Sumtal Safi (138) added pins for Manteca with Dominic Day (145) winning a 4-0 decision and Josh Craighead getting a 15-8 decision. 

The Buffaloes had two forfeits and the Bulldogs one with one dual-forfeit. 

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