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Turlock goes 5 for 5 in D-1 title matches

TURLOCK -- The wide smiles on the faces of everybody wearing the blue and gold of Turlock High School told the story on Saturday.

The Bulldogs were a perfect 5 for 5 in championship matches, boosting their school to a team title as well in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Championships at Turlock High School.

It was a dominating performance for Turlock.

Brandon Egleston was the first Bulldog to win a title when he pinned Beyer's Jake Congleton at 103 pounds. Fabian Garcia followed with a pin of McNair's Aaron Ceballos at 119 pounds.

After that, it was the upperweights' turn. Johnny Gutierrez pinned Buhach Colony's Jose Gonzalez at 171 pounds, the first of three consecutive Turlock wins. Taylor Mobley followed with an 11-3 victory over Pitman's Gustavo Verver at 189 pounds and Marco Delgado pinned McNair's Malique Micenheimer in the 215-pound final.

"For the entire season, the five of us have been doing it in our tournaments," Gutierrez said. "To do it here is just incredible.

"We're all peaking and it's the end of the season. Everything's falling into place."

The top six placers in each weight class advanced to next week's section Masters Tournament at the University of the Pacific.

Egleston pinned Congleton in the second period of their match; he led 6-2 at the time.

"He tried to run into me and I pancaked him," said Egleston, who went 1-2 in the Masters Tournament last year. "I feel I'm going to Masters with a lot of momentum this time."

Mobley beat Verver for the second consecutive week. The two have become friends over the year, and shared a hug after the match.

"It keeps getting a little harder because you keep learning more about each other," Mobley said. "It isn't fun wrestling your friend on the mat, either."

From here, Mobley and his teammates have their sights set on the Masters and state-meet berths.

"It gets harder every time," Mobley said. "Each stop you take."

Beyer's Oliver Congleton was one of two Modesto Metro Conference champions. The 130-pounder beat Downey's Matt Galton 10-8 in a rematch of their thrilling 11-10 match in the MMC championships a week ago.

"It seemed like I was a little more in control this time," said Congleton, who beat Galton last week as well. "Another really tough match. And it's only going to get tougher from here.

"This is a very tough weight class at Masters. Every match will be tough next week."

Davis' Sam Price was the other MMC champ, although early in his 160-pound match against McNair's Carlos Cortez it didn't look like Price was going to pull through. He'd given up two takedowns and was down 5-0.

"I just had to keep wrestling," said Price, who placed third in last week's MMC tournament. "I knew I could come back."

He did, with a two reversals, the second of which led to a pin by Price.

"Winning here is very important," Price said. "It sets you up for next week, gives you momentum."

Merced's Chris Urquizo beat Pitman's Cesar Padilla for the second consecutive week, this time it was 5-2 in their 152-pound match.

At next week's Masters meet, Urquizo -- ranked No. 1 in the state -- could see Central Catholic's T.J. Belton, who is ranked No. 2 in the state.

"All I really know about him is he's No. 2 in the state and he beat Tyler Sheridan (of De La Salle)," Urquizo said. "That could be a really good match next week."

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

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