Senior night went well for Hilmar Wrestling.
The Yellowjackets varsity wrestling team moved past their Escalon loss just a week ago and came out with a win over Modesto Christian at home on Wednesday, 54-20.
“Very happy with our wrestlers. A Trans-Valley League title is still possible, we have to beat Ripon next week then we have to get first at the league tournament next weekend,” said Hilmar coach Ray Santos.
Hilmar won nine of 14 matches in their final home dual of the season.
With the victory, the ‘Jackets improve to 3-1 in league.
At 138-pounds, Braiden Stubblefield won his match via pin for Hilmar along with Mark LaBass (160), Efrain Duenas (170), and Isaac Hinds (195).
“Braiden Stubblefield won his match wrestling up a weight class. Isaac Hinds won and that was his first varsity match, looking forward to see what he does to finish out the season,” said Santos. “Next we should get back a couple varsity wrestlers who have been out most of the season in Wyatt Carter and Anthony Agueda.”
Hilmar will next compete at the Rumble in the Jungle at Pitman High at 9 a.m. Saturday.
TC Eagles defeat Delhi Hawks, 36-21
In only their second year of competing at the varsity wrestling level, the Turlock Christian team hosted Delhi High on Thursday night in their lone home dual meet of the season.
The Hawks of Delhi were limited with just three wrestlers while the TC Eagles were anchored by seven and by the conclusion, they won 36-21.
“It’s only our second year competing in varsity,” said TC head coach David Schnurstein. “We are technically a member of the Southern League when it comes to wrestling, but not all the teams have a complete roster.”
Despite the limited number of wrestlers on both sides, TC has been able to showcase their young talent all throughout the Valley.
The roster includes two freshmen, a sophomore and a junior.
“We been to tournaments in Atwater, Livingston, in Granada in Livermore. We have been to Waterford and we tried to get out there and get all the big stuff,” said Schnurstein. “We had gone to Escalon too. We want our kids going up against everybody.”
A notable victory for TC came at the hands of sophomore Asa Schnurstein, who was victorious via pin. He has a record of 16-5 for the year.
“It’s against a lot of different competition,” said Schnurstein. “This is the first year we have done duals, but that is what we do is a mid-week dual with multiple schools.”
TC’s Jakob Skinner (152) managed to win via pin.
“We wrestled a little and then last year we took it up to varsity and we did okay,” said Schnurstein. “But this year we are going out there and going toe to toe with everybody and this is what we want, only 169 kids, doesn’t mean we can’t compete with these guys.”
TC will next compete at the Rumble in the Jungle at 9 a.m. Saturday.
“Then we go to the southern league for conference championships. Last year we had a conference champion and three placed top three and moved on to Sectionals,” Schnurstein added. “Then next Wednesday we will be at Big Valley Christian and Orestimba will be there too.”
League will take place from Orestimba High on Feb. 10.