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Weston Ranch pulls away from East Union
Oakdale dominates battle of VOLs best
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Brandon Mungarro works on his opponent Wednesday in Oakdale. Mungarro was 2-0 on the evening, winning against East Union and Oakdale by pin.

OAKDALE – Neither squad was able to claim a victoyr over the host Wednesday when Weston Ranch and East Union opened their Valley Oak League dual match at Oakdale High, but the Cougars were able to claim bragging rights after a hard-fought 46-24 win against the Lancers.

Weston Ranch (4-1) was able to separate itself from the Lancers late, riding the wave of a late pin from Brandon Mungarro to help provide the distance.

“Against East Union we came out a little bit flat, we always come out flat in that first match,” Weston Ranch head coach Pat King said. “Some of our kids didn’t wrestle as well as they should have. We overlooked them a little; there’s no question, and they’re hard working kids that caught us a couple times.

“All the credit to East Union, they wrestled us tough.”

The Lancers were undoubtedly in the match, holding a brief lead at one point and finding themselves within a couple of pins of pulling off the upset.

“I was optimistic coming in, the kids really believed in themselves and I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Lancers head coach A.J. Reindel said. “They really had me believing they could do it and they wrestled that way. There were a couple of matches where I thought we may have won and we didn’t. I told the kids we weren’t coming in here to compete and be close; we are coming here to win.

“Unfortunately they didn’t win, but they wrestled them tough.”

Neither team was able to merit any success against the host Mustangs, falling in grand fashion in both matches. The Cougars were anxiously anticipating their shot at the league’s most dominant program, but once on the mat Weston Ranch was unable to keep the score close against the defending champs.

Weston Ranch lost three matches by a single point, yet couldn’t find the reward in being in matches.

“They’re tougher than us, they work harder than us,” King said. “And it showed tonight.”

The challenge of knocking off Oakdale was not any easier for the Lancers, falling 55-12 in their shot. The pair of losses were the first for the Lancers thus far in the VOL season. East Union (3-2) was able to get pins from Nick McGill (160-pound) and Peter Barrington (126-pound) in the loss to Oakdale.