MID-CAL UPDATE: Five Mustangs set to wrestle in tonight’s finals

Gilroy's Luis Barragan works to pin College Park's Tucker Wilkes

GILROY – Five Mustangs are headed to tonight’s finals of the
30th annual Mid-Cal Classic held at Gilroy High School.
Finals start at 5 p.m. at GHS.
GILROY – Five Mustangs are headed to tonight’s finals of the 30th annual Mid-Cal Classic held at Gilroy High School.

A field of 561 wrestlers, representing 67 schools (down from the 77 that was first reported) from across the state of California has dwindled to just 28 individuals, all with a tournament championship in mind.

Fourteen weight classes are up for grabs at this evening’s finals, which are set to begin at 5 p.m. inside Bob Hagen Memorial Gym.

No. 1-seed at 127-pounds, senior Jesse Delgado, will hit the mat first for the Mustangs, going up against the No. 3-seed Curtis Hulstine of Ceres.

Delgado advanced to the finals with technical fall wins (24-5 and 17-2) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

Sophomore Willie Fox, No. 1-seed at 132-pounds will face No. 2-seed Anthonie Linares out of Oak Grove. Fox is 4-0 in the tournament so far with one pin.

Blake Kastl steamrolled his way into the finals with a lightning-fast pin in just 19 seconds in the semifinals. The No. 1-seed at 137-pounds will go up against No. 3-seed Andrew Perez of Pitman.

No. 1-seeded Dominic Kastl will wrestle in the 162-pound finals against Dan Heka of Castro Valley, the tournament’s No. 3-seed.

Heavyweight Luis Barragan will close out the night’s festivities in a dual with No. 1-seed Orry Elor of College Park. Barragan, the No. 2 seed, has pinned his opponents in all four matches on his way to the finals.

As a team, Gilroy began the day in seventh place but has leaped to second place with just Vacaville, the leader heading into Day 2, keeping them from a team championship.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. There is a small entry fee.

A quick recap of the finals will be posted later this evening with a full story to follow in Tuesday’s print edition of the Dispatch.

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