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Through injuries, Buhach Colony's Camacho wins fourth-straight CCC wrestling title

Buhach Colony's Jeremy Camacho wrestles Los Banos' Eduardo Madriz in the 130-pound final at Pitman at the Central California Conference Championships.
Buhach Colony's Jeremy Camacho wrestles Los Banos' Eduardo Madriz in the 130-pound final at Pitman at the Central California Conference Championships. MODESTO BEE PHOTO BY BART AH YOU

TURLOCK -- As Jeremy Camacho's hand was raised in victory, Buhach Colony wrestling coach Eric Osmer put four fingers in the air.

Camacho became Buhach Colony's second four-time league champion with a 17-2 win over Los Banos' Eduardo Madriz in the 130-pound finals of Thursday's Central California Conference championships at Pitman.

"I'm one of two wrestlers to do it at Buhach," Camacho said. "It's just me and Daniel Osmer.

"It's a pretty big honor."

Even bigger when you consider what Camacho has gone through during his wrestling career at Buhach Colony.

He dislocated his shoulder during his sophomore and junior years.

After recovering from the shoulder injury his junior year, his season was cut short when he was bit by a dog while running in his neighborhood.

"I like to joke that somebody has a voodoo doll of me and they don't want me to go as far as I can," Camacho said.

Camacho separated the same right shoulder earlier this year in Reno and was initially told his season was over.

"That's what they told me in Reno," he said. "But when I got home, I had an MRI and my doctor said I could wrestle on my terms if I wanted.

"I wasn't about to quit so here I am."

Camacho was one of eight area wrestlers to take home a CCC championship.

Merced's Chris Urquizo, ranked No. 1 in the state at 152 pounds, defeated Pitman's Cesar Padilla in the featured match of the tournament.

The tournament seemed to stop when Urquizo and Padilla took the mat, as wrestlers from each school gathered around.

Urquizo struck first with a first-round takedown and Padilla answered back with a takedown to start the second round.

Urquizo retook the lead with an escape and put the match away late in the third with another takedown on his way to a 6-2 win.

"To be honest, (Padilla) came out differently than he has in the past," said Urquizo, who improved to 33-3 this season.

"He's a tough kid. He came out looking to attack first. So I had to attack before he attacked."

Merced teammate Joel Rodas defeated Buhach Colony's Francisco Tejeda 6-0 in the 112-pound final.

The Atwater duo of Juan Aguilar (135) and Ernest Beltran (285) both won championships with pins.

Los Banos' Greg Hartman pinned BC's Tyler Pacheco in 3:16 to win the 145-pound championship.

Golden Valley's Wyatt Anderson (140) and Daniel Lopez (160) also won their weight classes.

"I have a little bit more confidence this postseason," said Anderson, who advanced out of the CCC last year as an alternate.

"It's an honor to be a league champion."

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