Patterson seniors Joey Howard (140 pounds), Joseph Ruelas (147) and Adam Melo (154) piled on three straight pins, giving the Tigers an 18-0 lead out of the gate and set off the victory.
The onslaught was not just devastating for Pacheco; it was fast, with each pin recorded in the first round.
“You have to go out doing your best, and put up points for your team,” said Ruelas, a first-year wrestler. “I feel like many of us wrestled our best matches (against Pacheco.) We wanted to go out with a win at home, giving it our all.”
Those opening wins paved the way for a continued Patterson assault.
The Tigers (2-4 Western Athletic Conference) won five matches by pin, one by technical fall, one by major decision, one by decision and one by forfeit, while Pacheco won two by decision and two by forfeit. Both teams forfeited the 285-pound weight class.
“We’ve had a season of ups and downs,” said Patterson coach Lee Scoles. “But you’ve got to commend these kids for not giving in. It was satisfying to see them come away with a win.”
In other wins, Patterson junior Jordan Canseco (122) beat Aaron Jaime on an 8-5 decision; sophomore Daniel Cota (128) topped Martin Velasquez on a 14-1 major decision; junior Manuel Cruz (134) pinned Maria Quinoz in 3 minutes, 23 seconds; sophomore Eloa Chadwick (162) beat Ethan DeMarchi on a 16-0 technical fall; and sophomore Francisco Plascencia pinned Nathan Hernandez in 5:03.
“We were ready to go tonight,” Melo said. “We were ready to step onto the mat and defeat whoever was in front of us.”
The season continues at 9 a.m. Feb. 9 as Patterson travels to Los Banos High for the WAC Tournament.
Patterson’s JV wrestlers claimed a 42-39 win over visiting Pacheco and finished first in the final WAC standings, buoyed by a dramatic performance Jan. 23 from 134-pound sophomore Dylan Christiansen.
Trailing 39-36 entering the final match of the dual meet, the Tigers (6-0 WAC) sent Christiansen to the mats to wrestle Pacheco grappler Adrian Villalobos. The match ended with Christiansen’s pin in 1:48.
“I was a little nervous with so much at stake, but I had a lot of confidence,” Christiansen said. “It was an unpredictable situation for me to be in, but I kept my mind straight and did my best for my team.”
The Tigers won six matches by pin and one by forfeit, while Pacheco won six by pin and one by decision.
In other Patterson wins, Jose Jaramillo (115) pinned Analisa Campy in 3:26, Tony Halcon (122) pinned Aaron Sarwari in 1:15, Zeke Miranda pinned Myranda Villasquez in 1:24, Daniel Linares pinned Colton Webster in 1:34 and Armando Saucedo pinned his opponent in 36 seconds.
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