When the dust settled Saturday, Dec. 14, the Tigers had a seventh-place team finish and six medalist performances.
"Overall I was pleased. This is one of the tougher tournaments in our section," said Patterson coach Virgil Canseco. "There were at least one or two state qualifiers or placers in most weight classes."
Still riding the momentum of a strong scrimmage against nonconference foes Modesto Christian High and Downey High of Modesto on Dec. 4, the Tigers looked to keep rolling at Oakdale.
Patterson senior Manuel Cruz placed third in the 145-pound weight class. Senior Jordan Canseco (126) and junior Daniel Cota (138) each earned fourth-place honors.
Adrian Luna, a freshman, earned fifth at 106 for the Tigers. Senior Brad Gill (170) and junior Francisco Plasencia (195) were sixth in their classes.
"We are seeing improvement and that's what we want early in the season," Virgil Canseco said. "This is the kind of competition we want to face to get us ready for March."
Patterson battled hard against the Modesto Christian Crusaders and the host Downey Knights last week, winning eight of the 13 matches decided on the mat.
Wins by Steven Rincon (113), Canseco (120), Tony Halcon (132), Cota (138), Cruz (145), Dylan Christiansen (152), Jerry Arredondo (182) and Plasencia (195) kept the point tally in favor of the Tigers.
Seeing their first action of the season, returning Sac-Joaquin Section Masters tournament qualifiers Jordan Canseco and Cruz were glad to be back on the mat, the coach added.
The season continues at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, as Patterson travels to Los Banos for the Morningstar Invitational.
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