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Sierra heavyweight captures VOL crown
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Sierra's Manny Zavala (right) pinned Oakdale's Gavin Gleason for the Valley Oak League heavyweight championship Saturday at Central Catholic. - photo by Dave Campbell

MODESTO — Oakdale covered all 14 weight class finals Saturday in the Valley Oak League wrestling championships at Central Catholic High School, and the Mustangs won 11 of those matches – just not the last one of the day.

Sierra’s Manny Zavala came through with a pin over Oakdale’s Gavin Gleason to claim first place at 285 pounds. 

“This feels great,” Zavala said. “This is a good feeling especially after Covid last year, the worst year of my life.

“This year, I hope I can make it far.”

The top four finishers from Saturday will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Divisional Championships this Saturday at Vista Del Lago in Folsom.

Joining Zavala from Sierra at Divisionals will be runners-up Joseph Mendez (140), Benjamin Wheeler (170) and Dhillon Samarbir (220); third-place finisher James Morimoto (106) and fourth-place Miles Montantes (145), Ian Trconic (160) and Manuel Cortez (182).

A sophomore, Manteca’s Tommy Perea (182) was pinned by Oakdale’s Jordan Van Rys in the championship match.

“This feels pretty good,” Perea said. “I will try my best next weekend at Divisionals and try and get it done.”

Manteca’s Ayden Marshall (145) also finished second; Derrik Day (113), Misael Meza (160) and Miguel Cocio (195) were third; and Fabian Mendoza (120), Julian Moncada (126), Grayson Roman (138), Misael Meza (160) Winston Snyder (170) and Isaiah Evans (285) fourth.

Nick Luna (158) of East Union finished second after being pinned by Oakdale’s Carlos Garcia in the championship match.

“I knew Garcia was a tough opponent,” Luna said. “I just had to go out there and try my best.”

Jesse Moa (152) of East Union finished second and Nicholas Salcido (120), Andrew Andazula (126) and R.J. Bacigalupi (132) third.