The Tigers came out flat and the freshman-laden Bulldogs did enough to claim a 45-33 win against Patterson at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium on Jan. 15.
Patterson needed a bounce-back performance inside its home gym Wednesday, and a few solid efforts on senior night gave the Tigers the win they were looking for.
The Tigers secured a 37-34 win in a battle with rival Livingston High, putting an end to their two-match WAC losing streak with a victory over the Wolves in front of their homecoming crowd.
Former longtime Tiger coach Lee Scoles, recognized former wrestler and team supporter Alfredo "Freddie" Gonzalez, who passed away Jan. 21, with a moment of silence before turning attention to Patterson's seniors.
Manuel Cruz, a senior co-captain, carried the flag and led his teammates out onto the mat, as a mash-up of Survivor's 1982 hit single, "Eye of the Tiger", and the player introduction music used during the Chicago Bulls' run of dominance echoed throughout the gym.
Six Tiger seniors -- Jordan Canseco, Jerome Crocket, Brad Gill, Daniel Linares, Josh Roberts and Cruz -- were introduced with their family. Many honorees gave their mother a rose and then returned to the mat.
Patterson (3-2 WAC) faced some strong competition against the Livingston Wolves in its first league dual action after the bye week for Week 5.
The Tigers won just four of the ten matches contested on the mat but benefited from three Livingston forfeits in a three-point win against the visitors Wednesday night.
Livingston opted to forfeit the 170-pound match to open the competition and hand six points to the Tigers.
At 182, Jerry Arredondo kept momentum in Patterson's favor by dismissing Harnik Singh of Livingston by decision, 13-6.
After a slow start, the lead changed hands three times in the second round, as Arredondo got loose and scored a reversal with just 17 ticks left to take a 6-5 edge into the final two minutes.
Arredondo added a reversal from his opening down position in the third round, a three-point near fall, and a takedown in the closing seconds of the bout, on his way to giving Patterson a 9-0 advantage.
After two more forfeits by Livingston at 195 and heavyweight, and one forfeit by Patterson at 220, the Tigers held an early 21-6 lead.
Next up was Adrian Luna of Patterson, who dominated Livingston's Raj Chahal at 106 pounds.
Luna quickly got on the board with a takedown and racked up a 5-0 lead before the first period was over. He had an escape, a takedown and a three-point near fall in the second and added a pair of takedowns from his starting top position in the third. Mercifully, the match ended when Luna got the pin with 12 seconds remaining.
Patterson would go on to lose the next three bouts by pin, however, capped by Jordan Canseco's match against Jose Sanchez of Livingston at 126 pounds.
Canseco had a 4-1 advantage with about a minute left in the first round, but he was docked a penalty point for applying an illegal hold, and then taken down by Sanchez with 22 seconds left to tie it 4-all.
Tied 6-6 heading into the third round, Canseco was unable to out-point his opponent, who earned a 16-7 decision.
Following his defeat, Canseco stood up, bowed his head at the home side of the bleachers and walked off, leaving his shoes behind, a signal that he had fought his final home bout.
Patterson held a 27-21 lead heading into the 132-pound match, where Roberts took on Livingston's Elisandro Rangel.
Roberts wrestled hard, took good shots and almost pinned Rangel in the first round but time ran out and he settled for a 7-3 advantage. There was a lot of action right from the whistle, but both athletes defended to keep the second round scoreless. Roberts added a pair of near falls in the closing two minutes to score a 13-3 major decision for Patterson.
Eager to get back on the mat, Daniel Cota (138) of Patterson topped Livingston's Goldiro Ruiz in dominating fashion.
After missing several recent matches, Cota's disposal of Ruiz opened with a takedown just over 10 seconds into the first round. Cota shot in on Ruiz and lifted him off the mat before brining him to the ground for two points. He added a takedown and a near fall in the opening period, and piled on for a 14-2 advantage over Ruiz, before pinning his opponent with 14 seconds remaining.
Cruz (145) didn't get the senior sendoff he wanted Wednesday night in his final home match. He trailed Jose Ruelas of Livingston 4-3 late in the third period, and had a few chances for an escape that could have changed the match, but settled for a hard-fought one-point loss.
Livingston earned a decision and a pin in the remaining matches.
Patterson might not have left the gym on Wednesday night, feeling overconfident about its dual win against the Wolves. But putting the brakes on a two-game conference skid isn't much to complain about.
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.
The JV Tigers earned their fourth league dual victory of the season Wednesday, Jan. 29, defeating the Livingston High Wolves, 42-6.
Patterson (4-1 WAC) won two matches by pin and five by forfeit, while Pacheco won one by forfeit.
Pins by Justin Gonzalez (132) and Dylan Christiansen (152) set off the victory for the Tigers.
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