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Turlock wrestling hands Merced biggest defeat in matchup history
Dominic Silva (182) was one of the wrestlers who won his match for the Turlock Bulldogs on Wednesday after a 76-0 crushing over Merced. - photo by DY PADILLA/The Journal

The Turlock Bulldogs (3-1) handed Merced High their biggest defeat in the history between the two schools with a walloping 76-0 victory on the mat Wednesday night in Turlock's final home dual.


“They were banged up and had some guys sit out but still good win for us,” said Turlock head coach Anthony Gonzalez, whose team has now won three straight league duals. “They did well; top to bottom everyone did well, everyone who wrestled.”


From top to bottom there was no way that the Bears of Merced stood a chance against the Bulldogs on Wednesday night after winning 14 of the 14 matches. Merced forfeited four.


There was a couple of matches that seemed to be close at the beginning but eventually all of Turlock's wrestlers took control of their matches and secured the team's third league win in four duals.


“It was also our senior night and that put pressure on us going into next week. Nice way to end home match as a senior for those guys,” said Gonzalez.


Dominic Silva (182) dominated his match from the first whistle and never was in a bad position, eventually winning by unanimous decision.


Gio Villegas (106) won his match and the inexperienced Adrian Manzo (126) and William Ashman (113) each came away with big wins for the Bulldogs.


“We know what to expect with our next dual being against Pitman,” said Gonzalez. “We gave a good showing last year and this year hopefully if we are healthy I don't see many matches being decisive or any of our kids go down and it should come down to the wire. We know what to expect and they will come out pumped up ready to go.”


Turlock will travel to Pitman (3-1) to take on the Pride at 7 p.m. Wednesday.