CLOVIS – Reigning California state champion, GHS senior Jesse
Delgado, added yet another title to his ever growing list at the
Doc Buchanan Invitational in Clovis over the weekend.
CLOVIS – Reigning California state champion, GHS senior Jesse Delgado, added yet another title to his ever growing list at the Doc Buchanan Invitational in Clovis over the weekend.
Delgado’s first-place effort was his fourth straight at the tournament, cementing his name in the record books as just the third wrestler in the 33-year history of the Doc Buchanan to be a four-time champ.
“It’s just his desire and his will to win,” GHS head coach Greg Varela said. “He’s got so much guts and that’s why he’s the champ.”
The soft-spoken senior had to work his way through a competitive field that had the No. 2, 4, 5 and 6th-ranked wrestlers in his class, and had the inevitable task of taking on Chris Martinez of Clovis, who defeated Delgado in the semis at last month’s Reno Tournament of Champions.
Delgado enacted some revenge this time, knocking off Martinez 1-0 in the semifinals. He went on to a more convincing 7-1 victory in the finals over Isaiah Martinez of Lemoore High.
The Mustangs took seven wrestlers in all to the tournament. Six, including Delgado placed, earning the team an eighth-place finish out of 58 participating schools.
“It gives them confidence going into the state tournament at the end of the season,” Varela said of his team’s participation in some of the elite tournaments around the country. “We have taken them everywhere. They have seen the best and faced the best. There are no surprises.”
Wrestling in his first tournament of the season, Rodney Balajadia, left what Varela calls the “second-toughest” tournament in the state, with a sixth-place finish at 119-pounds.
“I felt good coming out of it,” Balajadia said. “I thought it would be easier this year because I am in a different weight class. I felt better about my weight class after.”
Sophomore Willie Fox finished in fifth place at 130 pounds.
“Everyone knows it’s a good tournament so all of the best guys come,” Fox said. “They are both mentally and physically prepared. I did pretty good, but I think I could have done better. I took it too relaxed.”
Senior Dominic Kastl grappled his way to a fourth-place showing, continuing his solid season, ranked in the top 5 at 172 pounds.
“It’s an opportunity to let you know where you are in the state,” Kastl said of the Doc Buchanan. “I know that I have to double what I have been doing if I want to be the best and beat those guys. I’m going to work harder this week and every week after.”
Vincente Aboytes, placed in the top 10 for the second time this season finishing eighth at 152 and Luis Barragan placed sixth at 285 pounds.
The Mustangs travel for a TCAL dual meet against Salinas on Wednesday before getting back out on the tournament trail this weekend at the Five Counties another “brutal” event according to Varela.
The Mustangs are currently 2-0 in league.
GHS beats Salinas, move to 2-0 in TCAL
The GHS boys basketball team blew open a close game with a monster fourth quarter in a 50-34 win over Tri County Athletic league opponent Salinas on Saturday.
With the Mustangs up 30-29 heading into the final period, GHS used a 20-point quarter to separate themselves from the Cowboys and push their record to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the TCAL.
Senior Michael Hartman scored a season-high 16 points to pace the Mustangs. Senior greg Hamik dropped in three 3-pointers on his way to 11 points on the night.
GHS hosts Everett Alvarez on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.