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The 2009 All-District Wrestling Team

BRANDON EGLESTON

Turlock sophomore, 103 pounds

Won three postseason tournaments in a row — the Central California Conference, Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South and section Masters — before placing eighth in the state.

ANDREW PEREZ

Central Catholic sophomore, 112

Won Western Athletic Conference and section Division V tournaments. Was one win in the section Masters tournament from going to state for the second time.

FABIAN GARCIA*

Turlock sophomore, 119

After placing a surprising seventh in the state as a freshman, came back to take fourth in the state this year. Garcia was one of three local state semifinalists.

SHANE TATE

Oakdale sophomore, 125

Was section Masters champion in a bracket that included three eventual state medalists. Took fifth in state, avenging an earlier loss to Clovis' Clinton McAlester.

OLIVER CONGLETON

Beyer senior, 130

Modesto Metro Conference and section Division I South champion was third at section Masters tournament after an early loss and went 1-2 at the state meet.

KRIS ZIZZO

Central Catholic junior, 135

WAC and section Division V champion was seventh in the section Masters meet, becoming the area's only wrestler in the 135-pound class to go to state.

ADAM HAMMERBECK

Sonora junior, 140

Valley Oak League champ advanced to the section Masters quarterfinals before losing to defending state champ Vlad Dombrovskiy. Was one win from state berth.

TRENT NOON

Oakdale sophomore, 145

Won tournament titles in the Valley Oak League and section division IV before placing fourth at the section Masters. Went 1-2 at the state meet.

T.J. BELTON*

Central Catholic senior, 152

A two-time state placer, Belton was fourth in the state as a junior and sixth this year. He, Garcia and Urquizo were the area's three state semifinalists.

A.C. BROWN

Oakdale sophomoore, 160

Won the Valley Oak League and section Division IV tournament titles. Reached section Masters semifinals, where he took fourth. Was 1-2 at the state meet.

RYAN MACKEY

Ripon senior, 171

Won section Diivision V tournament title. Lost first match at section Masters, then won next five to place sixth and go to state. One win from a state medal.

TAYLOR MOBLEY

Turlock senior, 189

Central California Conference and section Division I South champ. He advanced to the section Masters finals, losing to state No. 1 Ryan Loder of Granite Bay.

CHARLIE GILSTRAP

Oakdale junior, 215

Burly junior won titles at VOL, section Division IV and section Masters meets. Lost his first two matches at state but that was courtesy of his difficult draw.

MATTHEW GALAS

Central Catholic junior, 285

Won titles in the WAC, section Division V and section Masters meets. Won his first two state matches and eventually placed seventh in the state.

* Repeat all-District selection

COACH THE YEAR

TONY IPPOLITO, Downey

Ippolito stepped down after 24 years at the helm of the Downey wrestling program. His wrestlers were always known for their strong fundamentals and his teams were always competitive in both the Modesto Metro and Central California Conferences. While many schools struggle to field full teams, Ippolito had so many kids go out for wrestling — more than 80 many years — that he had to conduct practices in shifts.

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