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Urquizo, Padilla put on a show in CCC wrestling

TURLOCK -- As Chris Urquizo and Cesar Padilla warmed up before their championship at Pitman High School, people spilled from the seats to get a closer view.

They surrounded the mat while the other matches were postponed so everyone could watch. It was worth it.

Urquizo, ranked No. 1 in the state at 152 pounds, rode early and late takedowns to a 6-2 victory in a highly competitive match against Padilla at the Central California Conference championships Thursday afternoon.

It was the match of the day, while Turlock took home the team title with all five of its finalists winning championships. The Bulldogs outpaced runner-up Buhach Colony 215½-202½.

The top four placers in each weight class advanced to next weekend's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Championships at Turlock High School.

The Padilla-Urquizo match was a slight surprise. Padilla spent about half of his season at 145 pounds, where he's in the state rankings as an honorable mention.

"I considered (145s), but I thought I'd be too tired with losing so much weight," Padilla said. "Plus, I wanted to wrestle great guys like Chris and T.J. Belton (Central Catholic wrestler ranked No. 2 in the state). I wanted to see where I was at."

Urquizo took Padilla down early in their match, riding him out for a 2-0 lead after the first period. In the second, Padilla grabbed Urquizo in a head-and-arm, throwing him to the mat for a 2-2 tie.

"He came at me totally different from our last matches," Urquizo said. "This time, he was really aggressive."

Urquizo escaped for the lead, and had a late takedown in the third for the 6-2 win.

"We've wrestled each other for a long time," Urquizo said. "All our matches are close like this."

The crowd applauded both wrestlers after the victory.

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"I didn't notice they'd come in so close until I went out-of-bounds in the first period," Padilla said. "Then I looked around. It was electric."

Turlock lightweight Fabian Garcia dyed his hair pink for his state-medal run as a freshman last year. Thursday, Garcia showed up with fire engine-red hair.

"The store didn't have pink dye, so I went with red," Garcia said. "I figured it would fade to pink.

"But I took 10 showers last night and it's still red. So maybe this is my color this year."

Garcia looked impressive in pinning Buhach Colony's Martell Richardson in their 119-pound final.

"I was feeling pretty good," Garcia said. "Hopefully I can keep wrestling well."

Garcia was one of five Turlock champions. Brandon Egleston was the 103-pound champion, as were upperweights John Gutierrez (171 pounds), Taylor Mobley (189) and Marco Delgado (215).

Mobley did something wild with his hair as well, going with leopard spots. He pinned Pitman's Gustavo Verver in the first period of their final. Delgado closed out the Bulldog victories with a pin of Buhach Colony's Luis Bojorquez in the second period.

"I was hoping we could all win titles," said Delgado, who was a CCC runner-up last year.

Another wrestler who made himself at home was Buhach Colony's Jeremy Camacho, who beat Los Banos' Eduardo Madriz 12-2 in the 130-pound final.

It was Camacho's fourth CCC championship.

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

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