An historic – and unexpected – event happened this past weekend at the high school wrestling level.
With plenty of success behind them, it was an early trip to the consolation bracket for the Oakdale High School Mustangs as they took part in the 2020 State Dual Championship at Clovis High School. Oakdale entered the tournament as the number four seed in the Division II Championship. In the bracket Oakdale was joined by Vacaville, Clovis East, Rancho Bernardo, Temecula, Frontier, Del Oro and Northview.
In the quarterfinals Oakdale drew Rancho Bernardo.
The fifth seeded Rancho Bernardo squad upset Oakdale by a single point in the hard fought 33-32 match. Michael Torres (108) defeated Nikko Beato by technical fall 17-2. Brayden Abell (115) edged out Brandon Eusebio 9-4. Johnathan Hernandez (122) defeated Galvin Concepcion 5-3. Spencer Von Savoye (128) battled his way to a 5-2 win while Clayton Bashor (134) lost to Ryan Badgett via fall. Titan Ginger (140) got Oakdale back on track with a 7-5 victory with Rancho Bernardo then earning back-to-back wins as Jaden Lee (147) captured the win over Payne Perkins via fall and Tyler Badgett (154) got past Caesar Garza 6-0. Oakdale battled back, though, as Seth Borba (162) was awarded a forfeit victory and Jordan Van Rys (172) picked up a win via fall over Andrew Han. Javen Jovero (184) defeated Garrison Gerber via fall. Nick Blanchard (197) defeated Alfonso Ramirez via fall. Marcus Nguyen (222) got past Ben Molina 6-4. To wrap up the first round Antonio Meja (287) defeated Mustang Gino Sarale 5-2.
Following the loss, Oakdale entered the consolation bracket. The Mustangs took on Clovis East, who had fallen to Vacaville in the first round 69-12. In the dominant bounce back performance, 13 out of 15 Mustang wrestlers earned wins. Torres won by fall in the first period over Weston Betancourt. Alan Casey (115) earned a victory over Cameron Estrada in the first period. Hernandez and Bashor also picked up first period victories. Von Savoye won via forfeit. Francisco Perez (140) battled to a 5-2 win over Amadeo Chaidez. Perkins picked up a first period victory over Levi Demmon. Brock Osmundson (154) defeated Jenneng Moua via fall. Borba defeated Ryan Hak and Gerber defeated Nico Hanson in a 9-7 battle. Ramirez added six points for the Mustangs with a forfeit win, then Molina suffered a fall to Andrew Mannion. Sarale won his match via fall over Griffin Kelley and rounding out the battle was Jordan Garcia (187), who lost to Jonah Schmidtkle.
In the battle for fifth place in the tournament Oakdale defeated Del Oro 36-30. Torres won his match over Eli Hosa via fall. Abell won his match via forfeit. Hernandez won his match within two minutes over Klay Browning and Von Savoye lost to Damion Elliott. Bashor picked up a 9-5 win over Caesar Jaimes before Perez and Perkins fell to Evan Ivaldi and Elijah Blake. Garza managed a 3-1 victory over Jed Campos. Borba won his match over Matt Cioci via fall. Van Rys, Gerber and Molina all lost their matches. Sarale was awarded his match via forfeit. Tyler Randall defeated Jordan Garcia (287).
With the win the Mustangs placed fifth overall in the tournament. Wednesday, Jan. 29 the Mustangs will travel to Modesto for a showdown with the Raiders in a dual meet. The match is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Central Catholic High School.
This weekend the Mustangs will take on the best talent in the section at the CIF Section Duals, scheduled at Lincoln High School in Stockton.