Updated: Canseco takes first at Sonora tourney
by Marc Aceves | Patterson Irrigator
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At the 37th annual Robert Hatler Memorial Tournament in Sonora on Saturday, Jan. 25, Patterson High's varsity wrestling team placed one athlete in the top of his weight class.

The Tigers picked up a first-place medal at 126 pounds where senior Jordan Canseco went 4-0, including a win by injury default over state-qualifier Andrew Brennan of Summerville High in the finals.

"Jordan wrestled good, and overall he's starting to peak at the right time," said Patterson coach Virgil Canseco. "He saw some kids who he has never faced, and that's good for experience."

After starting with a 11-7 decision over Mariposa High's Oscar Sanchez, Canseco pinned Brian Van Fleet of Denair High in the first round. He later edged out Alejandro Loaiz of Sierra High of Manteca in the semifinals, 10-6.

"The match against (Loaiz) was his toughest of the tournament," Virgil Canseco said. "His opponent looked strong, but Jordan came out at the whistle and controlled him from there."

The season continues at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 as Patterson travels to Pitman High School for the Rumble in the Jungle Tournament in Turlock.

PHS finds room for bye-week improvements

After recording their second straight conference loss of the season on Jan. 15, in a 45-33 defeat against the Ceres High Bulldogs, Week 5 of the league campaign seemed like a good time for the Tigers to take a bye and regroup.

While Patterson spent the majority of practice preparing for the remainder of the Western Athletic Conference schedule, Virgil Canseco said the layoff was also about wrestlers focusing on themselves.

"We had a simulated dual meet at practice between our guys, and it kind of caught them by surprise," Canseco said. "We wanted the kids to pick up the level of competition inside the wrestling room."

Patterson fans should be excited to look at the lineup and see several wrestlers returning for the Tigers.

Daniel Cota (138), Dylan Christiansen (152) and Brad Gill (170), are among those athletes who missed several recent matches with various ailments, and their return is great news for the local contingent.

Getting healthy is good. Getting rusty, however, is not.

How quickly the returning Tigers can ramp up their intensity could significantly affect how the season plays out for Canseco's team.

"These guys have been in the practice room with us conditioning and will be fine. Having them back should definitely help us." the coach said. "I expect them to return with some extra fire."

Tigers plan fundraiser for new mats

A fundraiser to buy new wrestling mats for Patterson High's wrestling program has been planned for spring.

The Patterson Gridiron Club and Patterson Boosters Club last week announced a drive-through style barbecue dinner at Patterson High School, 200 N. Seventh St., on Thursday, May 1, to help pay costs to replace the school's current wrestling mats, which are nearly a decade old.

More details will be made available in the weeks ahead.

For information: Lynette Christiansen, 892-3418

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly omitted the Patterson Boosters Club, who partnered along with the Patterson Gridiron Club to make the fundraising event possible. The Irrigator regrets the error. Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.
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