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Turlock wrestling crowns seven champions at Bulldog Classic
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Turlock High’s Mike Jeffus (HWY) was one of four champions in the boys division in this past weekend’s Bulldog Classic (Photo contributed).

Turlock High’s wrestling program hosted its Bulldog Classic this past Saturday and with it the inaugural year for the girls Classic.

There was a total of 29 high schools present and when the day came to a close, Turlock had crowned seven champions, including three female athletes.

Turlock also won the first-place honors as a team with Folsom taking second.

“Very happy with the results, it was a very competitive field, very happy the way things came out,” said Turlock head coach Mike Contreras. “Competitiveness was awesome, two team races between Turlock and Folsom, and we came out on top.”

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Cesar Rocha (182) of Turlock High placed second at the Bulldog Classic (Photo contributed).

The first-place champions from Turlock High in the girls division included Hailey Ward (101), Evelia Tovar (116) and Emily Ngo (131).

On the boys’ side, a total of five reached the finals and four were crowned champions.

Turlock had to compete without two of their regular starters in Joe Silva and Lance Couchman, who are Master’s qualifiers from last year.

Without two of their steady starters, the team still came out on top and managed to do well with their deep roster.

“Trying to get healthy; hopefully, these guys that are sick can get back at it,” said Contreras.

Heading into Saturday’s tournament, Turlock felt strong with the team they had.

At 126 pounds, Will Giron won with ease, taking home three victories, including a pin in the finals.

Mike Jeffus (HWY) dominated his bracket leading up to the final where the pulled out a 4-2 decision victory.

“Of course, Giron and Jeffus expect to make the finals, where they were seeded was accurate,” said Contreras.  

The other winners included Adrian Heras at 132 pounds. Heras went 5-0, winning all matches via pin.

At 106 pounds, Turlock’s Desizion Costa came out victorious after sweeping through his bracket.

Turlock will next compete in the Joe Rios Memorial from Chico High at 9 a.m. Jan. 4 and 5.