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Area-high 11 Cougars still alive at Division IV
Weston Ranch 220-pound wrestler Isreal Lopez is one of 11 Cougars still competing in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament.

Weston Ranch has 11 wrestlers still alive in the two-day Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Tournament, which the Cougars themselves are hosting.

Three of their four Valley Oak League champions — Joe Anthony Gomez (132), James Simerley (152), Donnell Sims (182) — made it through to the winner’s-bracket semifinals Friday along with 120-pounder Daniel Guzman.

Manteca High’s Charlie Alvitre (113) and Lathrop’s Andrew Aquino (120) are also in the running in the winner’s bracket.

Weston Ranch is currently second behind VOL rival Oakdale, which leads 113-64.5, in the team scoring. Action resumes with consolation matches at 11 this morning. The top five finishers qualify for next week’s SJS Masters Tournament, the final stop before the state meet.

Still in the hunt in the consolation bracket are:

East Union’s Felipe Duran (132), Nick McGill (160), Joey Keith (182), and Anthony Melena (195); Sierra’s William Fishburn (113), Keano Calderon (120) and Lucas Widmer (145); Lathrop’s Luis Oregel (126), Omar Guzman (160) and Jay Butler (170); Weston Ranch’s Nate Bowen (106), Luis Ochoa (113), Brendon Curtright (126), Brandon Mungarro (138), Candelario Elizondo (195), Isreal Lopez (220) and Willie Cervantes (285).