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Determined Mustangs Wrestle To Dual Tournament Championship
12-22 OAK wrestling
Oakdale High’s Juan Garza cruised to four wins at the John Zehnder Duals in Elk Grove on Saturday. Oakdale also went 4-0 as a team to nab first place honors. - photo by IKE DODSON/THE LEADER
A year after losing a painfully close finale to Elk Grove High, Oakdale Mustang wrestlers ensured a 2010 John Zehnder Duals championship by routing the Thundering Herd in a 42-19 finale on Saturday.
The win wrapped up a 4-0 effort from Mustang grapplers in five rounds of rotating action against some of the better programs in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
Elk Grove, SJS Division I team duals runner-ups and SJS Masters runner-ups in 2010, beat Oakdale in a 36-22 dual last year to claim top honors from the John Zehnder Duals.
Oakdale returned the favor after ousting McClatchy (69-3), Sheldon (63-6) and Oak Ridge (60-15) in earlier rounds.
Oak Ridge (eighth at 2010 Masters) and Sheldon (12th at Masters) took third and fourth respectively in dual competition.
The Mustangs sported a lineup at nearly full strength, and saw Tanner Feuerstein (125 pounds) and A.C. Brown (189) showcase undefeated performances in their first run of matches this season.
 Juan Garza (103), Garrett Fortado (112), Shane Tate (140), David Ferry (145) and Dustin Harris (160) also went undefeated in all four duals.
Ronnie Stevens and Andrew Markel were each 2-0 from 119 pounds, while Hondo and Miko Arpoika saw one win each in sparring action.
Trent Noon went 3-1, recording his first loss of the season to reigning 160-pound California Interscholastic Federation runner-up, Vince Waldhauser of Oak Ridge.
The Oak Ridge win preceded a hard-fought finale between Oakdale and Elk Grove, several matches hanging on close scores and most Mustang wrestlers facing fierce opponents, even in victory.
Tyler Noon went 2-2 on the day, while Dillon Thomasovich (152) and Kyle Cupid (215) each went 3-1.
“Aside from 103 pounds, every weight class had some tough matches at some point,” Oakdale coach Brian Stevens said. “That was exactly what we needed.
“All of our guys had to work hard, which really helps their conditioning.”
Oakdale also sent wrestlers to the G.W. Wingo Memorial JV tournament in Waterford. The team placed 11 of the nine Oakdale participants and saw three tournament titles.
Ryan Hayes (130), Robert Barnhardt (130) and Tanner Morgan (135) took first, while Jeremy Brandau (171) and Zack Fallentine (189) finished second. Joey Jacobson (112), Duncan Fenley (189) and Tyler Daily (275) placed third while Karrel Estell (112) was fourth. JP Webb (130) and Eric Barragan snared one win each.
Oakdale began the difficult two-day Tulare tournament, The Bash, on Tuesday. The Mustangs take on the Bulldog Classic in Turlock on Dec. 29.