For the first time since 2013, the Pitman High varsity wrestling team lost.
After Wednesday's Central California Conference dual meet with the senior heavy Buhach Colony team, the Pride fell 30-27 after winning 14 consecutive league duals.
“Buhach earned the win. We were missing a chunk of guys and we just weren't deep enough to pull it off. We had five or six chances and just couldn't take advantage of it,” said Pitman head coach Adam Vasconcellos.
Both sides won seven matches apiece but it was Pitman who was handicapped for the first time in a dual this year.
“I hate losing but it was another close match and it didn't go our way. Our boys fought hard and we have some little things we need to fix and we need to get healthy for next week,” said Vasconcellos.
Pitman was without four of its top wrestlers on Wednesday night against the Thunder and despite missing nearly half the original starters due to injury, the Pride still put up a fight.
“Our backups stepped up and wrestled tough but they couldn't pull out the win,” said Vasconcellos. “We don't want to rush our guys back now because we need them healthy for the postseason.”
“We had beaten Buhach at the bigger tournaments and lost at smaller ones,” he added. “We finished ahead of them at mid-cals this weekend and Reno over break, but they beat us at Ceres. The bigger the tournament, the better our placing.”
Pitman will host Turlock (3-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.