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Four Lancers reach finals of Oakdale-dominated VOL tourney
VOL Wrestling Tournament
Manteca’s Isaiah Evans rides Oakdale’s Brock Osmundson at 287 pounds before Osmundson got the pin. - photo by Dave Campbell

OAKDALE — The Valley Oak League held its wrestling tournament Friday at Oakdale High, and the host Mustangs had every weight class covered in the finals and lost just three of the 14 championship matches.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championships at West Park High in Roseville next Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

East Union placed four wrestlers in the finals: Isaac Alvarez (222 pounds), Nick Luna (154), Ivan Alvarez (147) and Ethan Patton (122).

“This feels great,” Isaac Alvarez said. “This is my first year. I am really going to stick with this.

“I am going to try and get bigger and stronger.”

Luna was one of the few finalists to stretch his match into the second round.

“I am happy I was able to compete and make it to the finals,” Luna said. “I am going to be positive about taking second so that will give me better seeding at Divisionals.

This is Ivan Alvarez’s first year of wrestling.

“It’s only my first year,” Alvarez said. “Next week I will come out and do better.”

Patton had to battle back in his first match.

“I had to fight hard in my first match,” Patton said. “I was down by points and I had to come back.

“And I am coming back for Divisionals.”

Also advancing for the Lancers are Isaac Allgaier (170, third), Jayden Hampton (115 fourth), Nico Salcido (128, fourth) and Andrew Andazola (134, fourth).

Isaiah Evans (287) and Winston Snyder (170) placed second for Manteca.

Evans (287) went into the second round and appeared to have the upper hand until he lost his balance and was pinned.

“I just lost my balance,” Evans said. “And he got me to my back.”

Winston Snyder (170) used his finals loss as a learning experience.

“Last week in Sonora, I had to face Oakdale in the finals,” Snyder said. “Oakdale is a great program, but I have to work harder and get my conditioning up and get some more technique down, and that will be good for Divisionals and hopefully going to Masters.

Victor Espinoza (108) third), Derrick Day (128) third), Misael Meza (147, third), Josiah Sagapolu (184, third), Ryder Vasquez (197, third), Ayden Marshall (154, fourth) and Luis Rosas (140, fourth) advanced to Divisionals for the Buffaloes.

Sierra’s James Dani-Morimoto (108) and Amitoj Kandolo (197) finished second.

“I am a second-year wrestler,” Kandola said. “And I did better than I did last year.”

Luis Gonzales (115), Zakery Wilson (122), Samuel Perez (134), Ian Trconic (170) and Aryan Kandola (287) finished third for the Timberwolves and Raymond Martin (162) was fourth.