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Lathrop strong in the Jungle
Lathrops Mysson Hurrell fights off the bottom against Prince Dhaliwal of Turlock in the 124-pound championship JV match won by Dhaliwal on Saturday in the Rumble in the Jungle VII at Pitman High School in Turlock. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL /The Bulletin

Three Lathrop wrestlers came up a match short of a medal in the Rumble in the Jungle VIII at Pitman High School in Turlock.

 Josh Suarez (120 pounds), Daniel Pinedo (152) and Brian Folgar all went 2-2 for the Spartans.

 “At a big meet like this the guys did real well,” Lathrop coach Vince Garcia said. “We came in expecting a hard tournament and all three of them stepped up and beat two good wrestlers.

 “All in all it was a good day. We met up with some real tough guys and lost some close matches but they wrestled their hearts out and that’s all we can ask.

 “This is a good warmup for league and it is going to help us step up to the next level and be ready for VOLs.”

 In junior varsity competition, Jagroop Singh (145) finished first for the Spartans, Mysson Hurrell (124) second, Octavio Ruelas (160) third and Mario Ragoso (198) fourth.

 “The JV had a great tournament at a tournament that had a lot of good wrestlers,” Garcia said.  “They stepped up and got some good tough matches today.

 “Now we need to carry that momentum forward to the VOL tournament in two weeks.”


Dusk 2 Dawn

Marin Catholic High School

 In just his first year of wrestling, sophomore Marsalys Austin took second place at 220 pounds for Weston Ranch on Saturday, going 3-1 with three pins.

 Henry Torre (126) took fifth for the Cougars and Dailyn Sibley was fourth.

 “We are exactly where we want to be this time of year,” Weston Ranch coach Kenny Keller said. “We are working hard day in and day out.”

Del Oro Girls Tournament

Del Oro High School

 Although having defeated girls seated higher than her, Weston Ranch’s Mia Hill (106) received a tough draw Saturday and battled back after losing her first match to go 4-1 and was forced to settle for a third-place tie when she reached her daily match limit before reaching th consolation finals.

 Tranisha Encalade (138) and Emmelene Garcillas (113) also finished third for the Cougars.

 “Mia had a bad seed and worked her way back,” Keller said. “The way the girls are performing it is instilling confidence for a post-season run.”