The Pride of Pitman are off to a 4-0 start in league after the varsity wrestling team toppled Buhach Colony, 36-18, on Wednesday night on the road.
Pitman has now defeated Merced, Atwater, El Capitan and Buhach Colony thus far.
Some of the highlights included Pitman's Tondrick Pope (145) who defeated returning masters qualifier Thomas Vasquez, 5-3.
Pitman's Cesar Tellez defeated Jared Herrera 6-3 at 113 pounds. Trey Peacock (106) won 5-0 against Luis Castillo to give the Pride a six-point lead heading into the final four classes.
Trevor Mattox (126), Adam Velasquez (132) and Izzy Tubera (120) also picked up wins for the Pride.
“These three guys came up big, defeating some of Buhach's best wrestlers,” said Pitman head coach Adam Vasconcellos.
Pitman wrestling is currently ranked No. 8 in the Sac-Joaquin Section and Turlock is No. 10.
Turlock wrestling ranked No. 10 in Sac-Joaquin Section
The Turlock High wrestling team is back on the map — despite falling to Golden Valley on Wednesday, 45-21.
As of Jan. 10, the Bulldogs, according to calgrappler.com, are ranked No. 10 in the Section while crosstown foe, Pitman is No. 8 on the list.
“I think the CCC is the toughest league in our area when it comes to wrestling and we have two tough challenges in front of us with Buhach and Pitman,” said Turlock head coach Mike Contreras.
Turlock had a tough battle with GV, according to Contreras, and a big reason were the limited numbers of experienced wrestlers.
Freshman Adrian Heras (middle school All-American) broke his collar bone and is out for the season. Returning Masters qualifier Michael Jeffus (HWY) tore ligaments in his knee during football and is also out for the season.
Returning Masters qualifier Michael Marquez moved to Washington prior to the beginning of the season.
“Injuries have killed us,” said Contreras.
If that wasn't enough, Alex Ceja didn't wrestle for the 'Dogs against GV.
“He will be back for Buhach,” said Contreras. “But we had three top kids not in our line up.”
Turlock won just five of 14 matches while GV pulled away with nine wins.
“I'm not making excuses. Give credit to Golden Valley, they wrestled well,” said Contreras.
William Giron (106) and Breck Jeffus (195) scored the only bonus points for Turlock after both pinned their opponents.
Giron pinned Adreyeana Wickard in 37 seconds, and Jeffus pinned Giovanni Bautista in 1:27.
Manny Conde (126) won a close decision 8-6 over Daniel Carlin while Dominic Silva (170) gutted out a tough decision over Omar Ramos, 7-6, scoring a take-down in the last 10 seconds for the victory.
Adelo Fields (182) controlled his match and won a 6-2 decision over Michael Ramirez.
Turlock fell to 3-1 in CCC play and will next compete in the Tim Brown Invitational in Sacramento this weekend with the time yet to be determined.
They will next host BC at home at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25.