MODESTO – Sierra’s Ashley De Belen placed second at 111 pounds Saturday and led the Timberwolves to a sixth-place finish in the Jag Memorial at Gregori High School.
De Belen went 2-1 with a pin. Teammates Stephanie Perez (106) finished third at 3-1 with two pins and Prabhnoor Dwillon (101) went 4-1 with two pins. Dwillon had to settle for fourth because she had wrestled five matches and by rule could not wrestle in the consolation final.
Manteca finished 11th out of the 24 teams and was paced by Mackensie Sandoval (235) who finished third, going 3-1 with three pins and Marly Goodwin (116) who went 4-1 with four pins, finishing fourth due to the five-match rule.
“This tournament was just about mat time,” Manteca coach Vince Bordi said. “I feel like this tournament was a good way for our girls to see higher level competition.
“Some of our girls were emotional about loses at this tournament, but I just reminded them they need to focus on getting better so they can punch their ticket to state.”
Robert Hatler Tournament
SONORA – A last-minute add to the tournament, with just five wrestlers Manteca placed third at Sonora High.
“We were originally supposed to go to Pitman,” Bordi said. “The silver lining is that these guys built some confidence going into team sections on Saturday.”
Manteca’s Derrick Day (126) and Peter Espinoza (132) finished first. Winston Snyder (172) was second with Misael Meza (145) and Ayden Marshall (152) finishing fourth.