Manteca High’s wrestling team split its first dual matches of the season Thursday at Winter Gymnasium.
The Buffaloes took advantage of six forfeitures and won the rest by pinfall in a 72-12 rout of Franklin before they were edged out by Tracy, 38-33.
“Tracy always comes to wrestle and the team is coached very well,” Manteca coach Vince Garcia said. “We knew they would be tough, as always.”
Eli Blackwell pinned Sean Melan 26 seconds into the final match of the night, 152 pounds, to clinch the hard-earned win for Tracy. Manteca took a 33-32 lead when Tracy’s Noah Deneau dropped the 145-pound match against Ayden Marshall with an injury default after building a 12-4 lead.
The Buffaloes started strong, getting pinfall wins from Lucas Gibson (160, 1:01) and Isaiah Evans (285, 0:57). At 195, team captain Joseph Farrell inched away from Kyle Silveira 6-2 after giving up the first points on a takedown.
“Farrell wrestled a smart, aggressive match which he took over in the third round by setting a fast pace that his opponent couldn’t match,” Garcia said. “We are very happy with Farrell’s wrestling. Farrell wrestles to break his opponents and that’s what he did tonight.
“All in all, the team wrestled very well and we’re happy with the progress the team is making.”
In the Franklin match, Lopreet Dheraj (182, 1:24), Jonathan Solis (132, 1:04), Kiersten Melan (138, 5:56), Gibson (160, 0:56) and Evans (285, 0:37) won by fall.
Weston Ranch 4, Kimball 1
TRACY — The Cougars (1-0, 3-0-3 overall) tallied three second-half goals to run away with the win in their Valley Oak League opener.
Aaron Silva led the way with two goals and one assist. Elvin Bolanos contributed a goal and an assist. Bryan Rodriguez scored once, and Angel Rico and Armando Garcia each had an assist.
Armando Garcia anchored the defense.
Sierra 2, Chavez 0
STOCKTON — Coming off a standout football season, Matt Dunham helped the Timberwolves (3-2) end the game in style, scoring on a header in the 77th minute.
Audie Garza provided the first goal in the 13th minute and was set up by Manny Magana. Sierra begins league play Monday at Kimball.
Manteca 2, Gregori 2
MODESTO — The host Jaguars (2-3-2) scored on corner kick on the final play of the non-league match to salvage a draw.
Manteca (7-0-2) otherwise dominated possession and had a wide advantage in shots attempts, 24-9. Goalie Aimee Meier came up with nine saves.
The Buffaloes opened scoring with Kaley Miller’s goal off an assist from Caitlynn Wong. Esmeralda Ochoa gave them their second lead and was assisted by Cameron Silva. They begin VOL play next Monday and Wednesday at Oakdale and Central Catholic, respectively.
Ripon Christian 2, Argonaut 2
JACKSON — Elle Van Wyngarden had a hand in both goals for the visiting Knights (2-2-1).
She opened scoring on a breakaway in the first half. After two goals from Argonaut (0-4-1), Van Wyngarden took a through ball from Rachel Oosterman, and Ripon Christian was awarded a late penalty kick after she was taken down by the goalie. Janine Prins was summoned the spot, as she knocked in the equalizer.
The Knights kick off Southern Athletic League play next Monday at defending champion Mariposa.
Manteca 29, Tracy 15
Two decisions wins highlighted the Buffaloes’ victory.
Paola Lopez outpointed her opponent at 106 points 13-7, while Yadhira Rodriguez dominated at 126 en route to a technical decision. Camilla Herrera won by fall at 120.
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Sierra 2, Chavez 1
Paul Pimentel and Adrian Ramirez scored one goal each to propel the Timberwolves.