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Pitman wins back-to-back duals over Atwater, Merced
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Pitman High varsity wrestling is now 3-0 in league after defeating Atwater and Merced in back-to-back duals on Wednesday and Thursday.


Wednesday's win over Atwater was in convincing fashion, 62-16.


The Pride capped off the week with a monster 64-12 crushing of Merced on Thursday, a dual match that was postponed from earlier in the year.


The Pride outright dominated both matches, eventually winning 11 of their 14 matches in both duals.


Adam Velasquez (132), Isaiah Perez (145), Tondrick Pope (138), Arthur Clemons (152), Brenden Tallent (182), Anthony Carbajol (195), Jaime Villegas (220) all won, and in the heavyweight class, Julien Barrera came out on top.


Pitman has been a force over the last three seasons and after a dominating performance once again there is no question that this might be the deepest team for head coach Adam Vasconcellos and perhaps the deepest that Pitman has ever seen.


“We have had a good start and expected a strong start but we know the two favorites are Turlock and Buhach Colony and that is why we had them at the end of our schedule,” said Vasconcellos.


Humility also roams through the halls at Pitman and especially on the mat for Vasconellos and his group.


Thursday's dual was another powerful performance from the Pride on the road against the Merced Bears who are always up for a challenge at all sports.


Well that wasn't the case in varsity wrestling this time as Pitman dominated the evening, winning 10 of the 11 matches via pin.


It was also the largest margin of defeat so far for both sides.


The Pride also placed first at the Jim Root Tournament this past weekend, including three champions in Mattox, Lankford and Clemons.


Pitman's next dual will be against Buhach Colony on the road at 7 p.m. Wednesday.