WRESTLING: Seven Mustangs advance to Day 2 of 30th annual Mid-Cals, team in 7th

Go mustangs!

GILROY – After 10 hours of competition on Day 1 of the 30th
annual Mid-Cal Classic at Gilroy High, the host school Mustangs
will send seven wrestlers to Day 2, five via the championship
bracket and two on the consolation side.
GILROY – After 10 hours of competition on Day 1 of the 30th annual Mid-Cal Classic at Gilroy High, the host school Mustangs will send seven wrestlers to Day 2, five via the championship bracket and two on the consolation side.

As a team, the Mustangs (5th-ranked team in the state) currently sit in seventh with 87.5 points. Vacaville (9th ranked in the state), with 138 points, is in first place.

“We usually pick it up on the second day,” senior Jesse Delgado said.

The Mustangs’ five top-seeded wrestlers in the tournament all advanced to the quarterfinals in the championship bracket.

“Our big five are still in and rolling,” head coach Greg Varela said. “The guys are wrestling tough.”

The Mustangs are without Vincente Aboytes and Rodney Balajadia, both were seeded in the top-five in their weight class for the tournament.

Delgado (seeded No. 1 at 127 pounds), enjoyed a bye in each of the first two rounds, but went right to work in his two matches, earning pins in both to advance.

Willie Fox (No.1, 132), also had two free passes before hitting the mat. Fox moves on with a pin in his first match and a 7-0 decision in the second.

Blake Kastl (No. 1, 137) wrapped up a 16-1 technical fall and a pin in his two matches.

Dominic Kastl (No. 1, 162) had pins in his two efforts Friday. The senior is coming off of a second-place showing at last weekend’s Five Counties tournament.

Heavyweight Luis Barragan (No. 2, 287) made quick work of his two opponents securing first-period pins in each match.

Jasmine Yanez (105), earned a 7-3 decision to advance her to tomorrow’s consolation quarterfinals.

“She really went after it today,” Varela said.

Adam Rosso(147) gutted out a 4-3 decision to keep his tournament run alive.

“Rosso had a gut-check match,” Varela said. “He is learning how to win. He didn’t panic. I’m proud of him.”

Day 2 is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m., beginning with the quarterfinals. The finals are set to start at 5 p.m.

A recap of the Finals will be in Tuesday’s edition of the Dispatch.

Team standings (1-10) are listed below.

1. Vacaville 138.5

2. Madera South 124.0

3. Overfelt 99.0

4. Los Banos 98.0

5. Pitman 97.0

6. Kingsburg 96.5

7. Gilroy 87.5

8. Dos Palos 85.0

9. Oak Grove 84.5

10. Palo Alto 84.5

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