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Turlock shuts out Downey 84-0
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Turlock High heavyweight Javier Mendoza won his match via pin in Wednesday’s dual meet against Downey High from home. Turlock won 84-0 (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

There is always a time for a first. That was the case on Wednesday when Turlock High head coach Mike Contreras saw his varsity wrestling team capture its first ever league shutout during his tenure over Downey High in an 84-0 shutout.

“I didn’t really know what to expect since I’ve never really seen Downey so it worked out well for us because a couple of their toughest guys fell into the weight class of our toughest kids,” said Contreras. “I am proud of our boys; any time you can get a shutout that is huge.”

Turlock won all 14 matches convincingly and are now off to a 1-0 start.

Of the 14 matches, 10 ended via pin while four were forfeits.

“That is a good way to start off the CCAL season,” said Contreras.

Turlock’s next CCAL dual meet will be on the road at Modesto High at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“I don’t know many of the CCAL teams, but we have to be ready to wrestle every week and hope for the best. Hopefully the result is similar to this, but it is a good way to start for sure,” Contreras added.


Pitman topples Enochs 64-13

Pitman High wrestling head coach Adam Vasconcellos is always thinking ahead, and so far, he is happy about his team’s first Central California Athletic League win on Wednesday over Enochs that ended 64-13.

Out of the 14 matches, Pitman won 11 of them and it was convincingly.

At 120s, freshman Conner La Rosa beat Michael Moore of Enochs in a wild 4-2 overtime decision.

At 106 pounds, Gabe Tellez kicked things off with a match that really fired up the team, said Vasconcellos.

“Gabe Tellez got the motor going and Conner set us off,” said Vasconcellos.

Pitman’s last match was Kendall La Rosa (170), who wrestled Marcus Rozetto, a master’s qualifier, while La Rosa won 13-3.

“Kendall is working really hard,” Vasconcellos added.

Pitman will next compete against Gregori in a home CCAL dual meet at 7 p.m. Thursday.