Sophomore Sean D'Ocampo did just that, pinning his opponent to give the host Tigers six team points for a narrow 39-37 Western Athletic Conference dual win over three-time defending league champion Los Banos High.
"I told myself in my mind that if I win this (match), it is a team win for all of us. I needed to win that match, and I did," D'Ocampo said. "Hearing the home fans screaming helped me a lot -- it kept me going. When I heard them cheering, I pulled through."
Leading 33-31, D'Ocampo and Patterson headed into the next-to-last match of the evening needing a pinfall. The 113-pounder responded with a pin in 2 minutes, 39 seconds over Los Banos' Tristan Bustamonte, and Patterson (2-0 WAC) took home the triumph over the visitors in front of a raucous home crowd.
"Sean stepped up tonight, and that's what we've been preaching. We told him that we needed six (points) and he went out and got them," said Patterson coach Virgil Canseco. "It's not too early to think about a WAC title. But we've got to believe and keep working hard. This was our first obstacle, and we have to continue to battle."
D'Ocampo's victory by pin over Bustamonte extended the Tigers' lead to 39-31, and though Patterson was forced to forfeit six points in the final match at 120, it did not affect the outcome of the dual.
"With a lot of effort, we definitely think that we can take that WAC title now," D'Ocampo said. "When we have forfeits on the mat it just pushes us harder to be better, and that's exactly what happened tonight."
With his team trailing 10-0, Patterson 138-pounder Daniel Cota started a string of two consecutive wins by pin for the Tigers.
Cota, a junior, scored a pin over Los Banos' Ferb Mendoza in 1:52, and senior Manuel Cruz (145) followed with a pin against Andrew Cintora in 2:35 to give Patterson a 12-10 advantage.
Patterson dropped a 7-2 decision at 152, and Los Banos regained the edge, 13-12.
But 160-pounder Daniel Linares began a run of three consecutive wins for the Tigers that again gave the host school the lead.
After Linares, a junior, earned an 8-5 decision over Los Banos' Raul Reyes, Patterson freshman Michael Boschi pinned Elizabeth Palayo in the 170-pound bout, and, at 182 pounds, senior Brad Gill followed with a victory by pin over Harbir Dhillon to extend the Tigers' lead to 27-13.
Los Banos, however, used two pinfalls and a forfeit to retake the lead, 31-27.
But freshman Adrian Luna received a clutch pin over Los Banos' Jacob Ramirez at 106 pounds to help give his team its second straight WAC win.
"All the pressure was on (D'Ocampo and I) to get this win for our team. We both just tried to work hard do it," Luna said. "This match lets everyone know that we're going to work hard out there when we're wrestling."
The WAC dual season continues at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 as Patterson visits the Ceres High Bulldogs.
Los Banos claimed more wins from forfeits than from pins Jan. 2 as Patterson High's JV wrestlers took a 36-24 WAC defeat at home.
The Tigers forfeited five of the 14 matches in their loss to rival Los Banos.
Los Banos won just one match by pinfall, while Patterson won four of its five matches decided on the mat by pin.
Pins by Sergio Scoles (132), Justin Gonzalez (138), Tony Halcon (145) and Zeke Miranda (160) showed glimpses of Patterson's potential.
Luna (106) brought home the second-place medal at the Bulldog Classic Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Patterson junior Francisco Plasencia (195) took third place during the tournament that was held at Turlock High School.
Tiger senior Jordan Canseco, wrestling in the 126-pound class, was fourth in his bracket, while Cota (132) earned fifth place in his class.
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