To say this has been a dominant season for the OHS varsity wrestling team would be an understatement. This season the team claimed its ninth consecutive Valley Oak League title, the eighth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section title and the momentum has carried into the Sac-Joaquin Division III Divisionals.
Oakdale sent 13 varsity wrestlers into the two-day tournament at River Valley High School in Yuba City, and all 13 of them placed with at least a top three finish. As a team, Oakdale claimed first place out of 21 other high schools. The Mustangs powered their way to a collective 312 points, 153 points higher than second place Central Catholic.
With each wrestler battling their way through multiple opponents over the two-day stretch, eight Mustangs were crowned champions by the end of the divisional tournament: Jake Abeyta (108), Logan Eaton (115), Nico Colunga (120), Trevor Williams (126), Max Stevens (132), Colby Harlan (138), Abel Garcia (170) and Miguel Ibarra (192) all earned their hands raised after the final round of Saturday’s action. Just falling short of first place were Frankie Trent (182) and Wyatt Hjelm (220) with both wrestlers earning second. Oakdale’s success was capped off with Bronson Harmon (145), Hunter Burford (160) and Matt Kjeldgaard (285) earning third place finishes.
In their championship matches, Oakdale grapplers took on the following opponents: Abeyta defeated Woodland’s Eduardo Velasco, Eaton defeated Central Catholic’s Steven Abbate, Colunga ousted Alex Garcia of Lathrop, Williams knocked off Sierra’s Alex Loaiza, Stevens outwrestled Daniel Abbate of Central Catholic, Harlan defeated Inderkum’s Myles Miller, Garcia put away Ben Johnson of Vista del Lago and Ibarra finished off Austin Reynolds of El Camino.
After another impressive performance by the Mustang grapplers, they now have their eyes set on the prestigious CIF Sac-Joaquin Masters set for Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28. The Masters Meet is hosted at the Stockton Arena and begins Friday at 9 a.m.