Four Manteca area wrestlers came up a win shy of advancing to the second day of the prestigious Tim Brown Memorial at Jackson Sports Academy in Sacramento.
Harold Burks and Cody Simerly both of Weston Ranch advanced as far as the fourth round of the consolation bracket. Burks started with two wins by fall in the 152-pound division before dropping an 18-2 decision and losing to Mark Canapi of Enochs, 7-4. Simerly went 3-2 at 220, as he stuck two straight opponents before getting pinned himself by Kyle Mask (Madera).
The Cougars also had a strong showing from Brendon Curtright, who lost two of his four 126-pound matches in close decisions. After starting with a 7-2 win over Bear Creek’s Raymond Rivera, he was outpointed by Angelo Uribe (Granite Bay), 4-2. Curtright was later edged out by West Valley’s John Tomasello, 8-7.
Enrique Betancourt made a deep run at 138 for Lathrop High. He ended up 3-2 after losing via fall to Jason Bergquist of Folsom. Ripon’s Edgar Gonzalez (126) also went 3-2 had his run cut short by an 8-3 decision loss to Clay Shropshire of Del Oro.
Like Curtright, Ripon 220-pounder Tristan Smith was stumped by two heartbreaking decisions. He was outlasted by Clovis’ Tyler Collier 8-6, and Thomas Aquila of Elk Grove 2-1 to finish 2-2 for the tournament.
Lathrop’s Christian Garcia (113) and Weston Ranch’s Uriel Salvidar (120) were other notables who got four matches in.