Brendon Curtright went undefeated with a clutch pin.
So did his Weston Ranch Cougars, who have him to thank.
Curtwright’s pinfall victory secured the Cougars a 44-36 championship-round triumph over Rodriguez of Fairfield in Saturday’s Fault Line Duals team wrestling tournament in Larkspur. Weston Ranch went 5-0 on the day, racking up one-sided wins over Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa (52-21), host Redwood (66-6), Archbishop Riordan of San Francisco (72-4) and Benicia (44-36).
“Overall, a good opening weekend,” Weston Ranch coach Pat King said. “The guys who were supposed to lead the team and do their job did just that. Now we need to get back and work hard to prepare for our tournament next Saturday.”
Curtwright won all three of his matches at 120 pounds. Other notable performers for Weston Ranch Saturday were 138-pounder Joe Anthony Gomez and 160-pounder James Simerley, who both went 5-0 with all pins. Donnell Sims (220) pinned all of his three opponents, and standout 120-pounder Daniel Guzman won two of three.
Weston Ranch will next host its Cougar Duals tournament.
East Union was well represented in Stockton Tuesday, with competitors placing both the boys and girls tournaments.
Female standout Sarah Phillips (106) claimed her second straight tourney title, while Mariah Wheeler took third at 114 pounds.
The Lancer boys were led by Felipe Duran’s second-place finish at 138. Also playing were Peter Barrington (third, 132), Josh Byrd (fourth, heavyweight) and Nick McGill (fifth, 170).
47th Ceres Invitational
With three of its top wrestlers out, Lathrop High managed to finish in a 15th-place tie out of 21 teams with just five Spartans available.
Luis Oregel (126) led the way with a third-place finish. Seeded fourth, Oregel made it to the winners bracket semifinal where he was dealt a heartbreaking 8-6 decision to eventual champion Gabe Parkinson of Beyer. Oregel went on to beat Ceres’ Brandon Christeson and Livermore’s Jesse Robles to end the tournament with a 4-1 record.
Jay Butler (182) also placed, finishing sixth with a 2-2 record. He forfeited the fifth-place match because of an injury.
Manteca High 114-pounder Charlie Alvitre placed first at Vista del Lago High in Folsom. Other Buffaloes competing were Matthew Quiroga, Jacob Burttram, Anthony Green and Jacob Orner.