TURLOCK — Golden Valley High junior Enkhmandakh Delgermurun must have impressed his assistant coach Jake Chastain.
Seconds after the compact-sized Cougar finished his post-match handshakes Saturday, Chastain leaned close to Delgermurun's ear and said, "That was your best match this season."
Delgermurun yielded a quick smile. It was a good day's work.
All he did was roll through the 120-pound class Saturday at Pitman's ninth Rumble in the Jungle. Delgermurun swept through all three bouts, including a third-round pin over Jordan Canseco of Patterson for the title.
"I have goals," Delgermurun said later. "Win a varsity tournament, go to (Sac-Joaquin Section) Masters and State."
Check No. 1 off the list.
Delgermurun and fellow teammate and weight-class champion Aaron Ramirez (126) escorted Golden Valley to the points title in the 27-team field. The Cougars totaled 236½ points, far ahead of runner-up Escalon at 171.
Part of that margin was provided by Delgermurun (26-6), who transferred from Buhach Colony to GV midway through wrestling season as a sophomore.
"I still feel like I haven't caught up," he said.
He's gaining fast. He led Canseco 10-0 before the referee slammed his hand on the mat to end it. Delgermurun, normally a 120-pounder, cut weight and took the place of Christian Vasquez, who took his SAT exam Saturday.
Ramirez (24-9), a senior, worked hard for one-point wins in his first two matches before he toppled Patterson sophomore Daniel Cota 9-3 in the 126 final.
Golden Valley collected its second first-place team trophy -- the first was at Modesto Junior College. The Cougars, 21-1 in duals, are 3-0 in the Central California Conference going into their final two matches Tuesday vs. Turlock and Wednesday vs. Merced.
Only the CCC champion advances to the Section Team Duals on Saturday at Stockton's Lincoln High.
"It's rough in Division 1," Golden Valley coach Chopper Mello said. "We have eight leagues and no runner-ups get in (to the Team Duals).
Atwater rode bracket champions Kyle Thorpe (160) and Jojo Ochoa (195) to an eighth-place finish. Ochoa edged Antonio Mello 7-5 in the title match. Thorpe (34-3), ranked sixth in the section in his division, overpowered Hughson's Joseph Dias in an 18-3 technical fall in his final.
RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE
Saturday at Pitman High School/Turlock
TEAM -- 1. Golden Valley 236½. 2. Escalon 171. 3. Patterson 111½. 4. Hughson 107. 5. San Leandro 98. 6. Central 93½. 7. Buhach Colony 92. 8. Atwater 91½. 9. Pitman 90½. 10. Foothill 89½. 11. Caruthers 85. 12. Linden 78. 13. Ceres 73½. 14. Sierra 69½. 15. Pacheco 69.
106 -- Final, Alex Garcia, Lathrop, d. Criselio Rivera, Golden Valley, 17-5. 3rd, Norman Abas, Central, d. Timmy Borba, Atwater, 8-4.
113 -- Final, Darren Nguyen, San Leandro, d. Victor Quintos, Central, 8-1. 3rd, Xavier Garcia, Buhach Colony, d. Jacob Perry, Golden Valley, 6-1 (OT).
120 -- Final, Enkhmandakh Delgermurun, Golden Valley, p. Adam Canseco, Patterson, 4:58. 3rd, Lorenzo Lewis, Pitman, p. Simon Marquez, Sierra, :56.
126 -- Final, Aaron Ramirez, Golden Valley, d. Daniel Cota, Patterson, 9-3. 3rd, Anthony Yocum, Central p. Colton Camera, Escalon, 4:19.
132 -- Final, Tyler Lawrence, Escalon, p. Storm Peterson, Foothill, 3:35. 3rd, Manuel Cruz, Patterson, d. Chase Herrin, Hughson, 15-6.
138 -- Final, Jason Robbins, Escalon, p. Travis Stockmeyer, Foothill, 1:04. 3rd, Ethan Morse, Golden Valley, d. Alberto Loaiza, Sierra, 7-5.
145 -- Final, Andrew Patrick, Hughson, p. Joseph Ruelas, Patterson, 3:48. 3rd, Josh Redding, Escalon, d. Kevin Holtberg, Linden, 6-1.
152 -- Final, Logan Wolfley, Pitman, d. Colby Williamson, Buhach Colony, 10-2. 3rd, Chris Shipley, Golden Valley, d. Mark Rodriguez, Central, 10-0.
160 -- Final, Kyle Thorpe, Atwater, d. Joseph Dias, Hughson 16-3 (tech fall). 3rd, Lucas Widmer, Sierra, d. Stefon Gold, Buhach Colony, 4-0.
170 -- Final, Johnathan Costa, Escalon, p. Garrett Wade, Escalon, 3:44. 3rd, Cesar Sotelo, Buhach Colony d, Christian Schubert, Foothill, 6-4.
182 -- Final, A.J. Camerena, Escalon, d. Jesse Izazaga, Hilmar, 3-1. 3rd, Aaron Mota, Orestimba, p. Jeremiah Harris, Big Valley Christian, :53.
195 -- Final, Emilio Ochoa, Atwater, d. Antonio Mello, Hilmar, 7-5. 3rd, Dakota Steinkamp, Linden, d. Matt Lopes, Ceres, 12-5.
220 -- Final, Paul Vandergriff, Liberty, p. Nick Vermillion, Pacheco, 2:58. 3rd, Daniel Perez, Golden Valley, p. Andrew Bruce, San Leandro, 1:58.
285 -- Tarik Zaid, Prospect, d. Dillon Tarvin, Modesto Christian, 7-1.
GIRLS CHAMPIONS: 104-108 -- Martie Valdez, Mt. Pleasant. 114-116 -- Gabriella Biehl, Gregori. 119-124 -- Malynda Lomeli, Central Valley. 125-130 -- Tie, Taryn Michell, Pacheco; Maria Quiroz, Pacheco; and Sandra Morales, Pacheco. 132-140 -- Amelia Miller, Golden Valley. 144-152 -- Jasmine Ivey, Lathrop. 165-172 -- Monica Vierra, Central Catholic.