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Pride wrestling takes first at Los Banos tournament
Pitman Wrestling For PREP ROUNDUP
Pitmans Isaiah Perez (right) took first place at the Los Banos tournament in the 182-pound weight class. - photo by Journal file photo

Pride varsity wrestling took the team Championship title at Los Banos this past Saturday, concluding the evening with 11 medalists and five champions.

“The team is pushing each other and trying to get better every day,” said Pitman head coach Adam Vasconcellos.

Trey Peacock (106), Brendan Tallent (195), Izzy Tubera (120), Joseph La Rosa (160), Isaiah Perez (182) all made the finals and won it.

“We were missing a few of our varsity seniors in Adam Velasquez and Trevor Mattox,” said Vasconcellos of the event.

It is also the second tournament where the Pride have finished atop the rest, having won the Ceres Invitational in the first week of December.

The Pride also placed third in last weekend’s 60-team tournament in Madera.

“We are off to a good start with a lot of things to work on,” said Vasconcellos. “When we get all the kids healthy and in the lineup and down to weight, we will have the opportunity to be a very special team.”

Pitman's JV team also had a first place finish last week in Madera as well.

“We had 17 JV medals this last weekend with six champs,” Vasconcellos added.

Cesar Tellez (113), Kendall La Rosa (132), Jaron Azevedo (182), Anthony Carbajal (220), Ray Weigger (145), Julian Barrera (285) all placed and only lost one match.


Coyotes finish 1-2 at Denair Invitational

The Coyotes boys basketball team might have started off their own Denair Invitational with a 65-34 win over Turlock Christian, but they failed to live up to the same expectations in their next two games, unfortunately, losing back-to-back to Hughson and Mountain House.

With losses to both Trans-Valley League teams, Denair falls to 3-7 overall, with just one pre-league contest remaining.

Friday's 60-31 loss to Hughson was a big blow.

Hughson came out and took a 15-6 lead after the first and never let it go. The Huskies led 35-11 by halftime and outscored the Coyotes in the second half, 25-20.

Hughson shot 45 percent from the field and were 9-of-19 (47 percent) from behind the three-point line.

Denair looked to bounce back in their third and final game on Saturday, but fell just short to Mountain House after a close 57-54 final.