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Weston Ranch, Sierra each have 5 wrestlers place
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Michael Padilla of Manteca gives Selmas Bruce Nutt a ride on Saturday in a 170-pound bout at the McNair Invitational. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

Weston Ranch and Sierra each had five girls place on Saturday in the eighth annual McNair Girls Wrestling Tournament.

 Sierra’s Victoria Burke (132 pounds) made quick work of her first opponent, notching a pin in just nine seconds. Trailing 9-5 entering the third period of her championship bout Burke threw her opponent for a pin and the gold medal.

 Seven of the eight-girl Timberwolves’ contingent are first-year wrestlers. Ashley Elliott (101) borrowed a page from Burke’s book, trailing 11-2 in the third period of the third-place match when she got the pin.

 Alaina Caster (106), Taleah Garza (121) and Gianna Nuenez (137) finished fourth for Sierra, Heather Rodrigues (132) fifth and Miriam Garcia (137) sixth.

 “We had a great day and remain excited about our girls wrestling program,” Timberwolves coach Greg Myers said. “I am very proud to have these girls out and look forward to see what this year has in store for the Manteca area.”

 Alyssa Cantu (189) went 3-0 will all wins coming by pin to pick up a first place for Weston Ranch. Anna Pascual (170) and Salena Vasquez finished third for the Cougars and Taylor Mar (101) and Emelene Parcillia (121) were fifth.

 “Our girls wrestled tough,” Weston Ranch coach Seth Davis said. “It was the first tournament for a lot of them and they didn’t give up. They showed a lot of perseverance.

 “I think we have a bright future.”

 In the boys half of the tournament, Josh Suarez (120), Enrique Betancourt (145) and Nathan Shelton (182) finished eighth for Lathrop.

 “It was a tough tournament with a lot of good wrestlers,” Spartans coach Vince Garcia said. “We like what our wrestlers showed us for it being early in the year,

 Cameron Flores (113) finished sixth for Manteca and teammates Jake Orner (145), Michael Padilla (170) and Marcus Avila (138) all won their first matches.

 “It was a good to get some early work in,” Buffaloes coach Mark Varnum said. “We are now looking forward to the Cougar Duals on Saturday.”