The word has gotten out.
It happens every year.
The best wrestlers in the Sac-Joaquin Section have been systematically whittled down to the top 32 in each weight like hand-carved furniture.
Anna Adams learned to walk before she could crawl.
Desperate for a win that would send them into the playoffs, players on Manteca High's varsity boys basketball team suddenly found themselves against the ropes as they trailed aspiring spoilers, Oakdale, at halftime of the Mustangs' Feb. 12 Senior Night.
The halls of Magnolia Elementary School in Oakdale seem to be eerily closing in on 10-year-old student Brayden Abel, but it's just Abel's growing shoulders creating the illusion.
The wrestling chapter of the Oakdale High record book is guarded by a heavy padlock these days, as annual supremacy has surrendered some of the most dominant performances in Valley Oak League history.
The memory of a 26-10 halftime deficit and away loss to Oakdale High's varsity boys basketball team on Jan. 25 must not have been far from the minds of Sonora players on Feb. 8.
The wrestling chapter of the Oakdale High record book is guarded by a heavy padlock these days, as annual supremacy has surrendered some the most dominant performances in Valley Oak League history.
Senior wrestlers in the Valley Oak League must have night terrors about wild horses.
You could sew the collection of Sac-Joaquin Section banners obtained by Oakdale High's wrestling program into a king-sized quilt.
Oakdale High custodians should check the roof of the Mustang gymnasium for holes, because Austin Archuleta shot the roof off the place on Feb. 1.
There's no crying in baseball, but there sure is plenty of it in wrestling.
The strength of the lineup represented by Oakdale High's wrestling team will be on emphatic display on Feb. 2 at Lincoln High in Stockton, where only a miracle will prevent the Mustangs from nabbing a seventh Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV team duals title in eight seasons.
Kylie Gust heroically drained three straight free throws with .6 seconds remaining in regulation to launch Oakdale High's varsity girls basketball team into an overtime contest against East Union on Jan. 24.