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TURLOCK -- There's a big advantage to wearing Turlock High's blue and gold at the California Bulldog Classic.

There's always a big fan base that cheers on its Bulldogs, and it's every Turlock wrestler's goal to win their own tournament.

It drove Dylan Frazee and Fabian Garcia to upsets over Buhach Colony rivals in the finals of their weight classes, leading the Bulldogs to an easy team title Saturday at Turlock High.

"It's always a big goal," said Frazee, who beat the Thunder's Johnathan White 3-2 in the 140-pound final. "I've always wanted to win this tournament."

Other local winners included:

Turlock had two individual champions besides Frazee. Garcia, a freshman, beat Buhach Colony's Jeremy Camacho 7-2 in the 119-pound final. Garcia was named the Champion of Champions in a vote of all 14 winners. And Marco Delgado won the 215-pound championship when Liberty of Brentwood's Shane Vanderpool defaulted the final match.

Downey's Eddie Flores used his superior height to leverage his way past Freedom of Oakley's Zack Wiley, 9-4, in the 103-pound final. Flores used his longer arms to get better angles on Wiley, tilting him for back points early in the match.

"He was my toughest opponent of the day," Flores said. "I hadn't seen him before, but he was pretty good."

Hughson sophomore Ty Stroud came back from an 8-4 third-period deficit to beat Freedom's Ken Corbin 13-9 for the 160-pound championship.

Buhach's White got a takedown right at the end of the first period, with Frazee clasping a hand to his mouth after the buzzer sounded.

"I landed on my head, I thought I'd bitten my tongue in half," he said. "But it lit a fire under me."

He escaped in the second period to pull within 2-1, then got a late takedown for a 3-2 lead that would hold up.

"It's a big statement match, because we'll meet in league, too," Frazee said.

Perhaps the biggest win of the tournament came when Garcia surprised Camacho, who entered the tournament with only one loss.

They were tied 2-2 in the third, and final, period, when Garcia reversed Camacho and threw him to his back for three near-fall points. He nearly pinned Camacho, settling for the 7-2 victory.

"I felt his weight shift and I went with him," Garcia said. "After I got those three points, I just wanted to make sure he didn't get up again."

Hughson's Stroud, a burly 160-pounder, trailed Corbin through the first two periods.

"He was pretty strong through the first two (periods)," Stroud said. "I kept trying to get behind him, but he kept fighting me off."

That changed in the third period, when Stroud took Corbin down, with Corbin falling to his back. Stroud scrambled on top of him for three back points and a 10-8 lead. He didn't trail after that.

"We do a lot of running and training in our wrestling room," Stroud said. "We hope it pays off every time we get into that third period.

"It paid off today."

Staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or call 578-2300.

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