For the first time in school history the Pitman Pride’s wrestling squad will be either co-champions or the outright Central California Conference winners after beating out Buhach Colony on Tuesday night by a score of 50-19, essentially sweeping through the CCC finishing undefeated in dual meets.
“We have never gone undefeated in dual meets before,” Pitman head coach Adam Vasconcellos said. “It was nice to win and beat everybody in league. It comes down to the kids who stayed focused and they all gave it everything they had. This team as a whole is the hardest working group I have ever had, the kids don’t miss practice and they brawl everyday and they are getting better and better.”
The Pride have been bruising through their competition all season long and took a toll on the Thunder early, which ultimately led to the big victory.
Pitman has ensured their share of the CCC title with the win. Golden Valley could split the title if they win the CCC tournament next week.
“If we don’t win league… or split it… I can care less, because we want to make sure that every one of our guys has the opportunity to make the state tournament and that’s what it comes down to for us,” Vasconcellos said about the possibility of sharing a CCC title.
At the 128-pound class, Haydon Mattox was able to capture a first period pin to begin things strong for his squad.
Heavyweight Eric Bajeran (220) also tallied a first period pin after showing his impressive strength.
The most exciting match of the night was at the 184-pound class when Kuda Gwasira got a take-down to win the third period. The win also will set-up Kuda with higher seed in league and in the postseason.
“It feels pretty good. It’s hard to get ready for all these teams. I was happy that the kids came out to perform,” Vasconcellos said. “These kids will not let down, there has always been something holding us back to keep us from getting up there and things fell our way this year — we stayed healthy.”
Section duals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Lincoln High in Stockton.
“I would say we have about nine kids with the possibility of making state,” Vasconcellos said.