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The high school wrestling season has reached prime time, when the pressure increases, the palms grow sweaty and the lights shine the brightest. The Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championship convenes Friday and Saturday at the spacious Stockton Arena, a venue reserved for only the top qualifiers from each Section divisional.
103 1. Connor Pollock, Soph., Folsom. 2. Kasey Klaus, Fr., Vacaville. 3. Jonathon Costa, Fr., Escalon. 4. Garrett Fortado, Soph., Turlock. 5. Kendall Klette, Jr., Los Banos. 6. Aaron Miller, Jr., Los Banos. 7. Robin Davis, Jr., Christian Brothers. 8. Sean Marigold, Jr., Woodcreek.
Oakdale High didn't see the St. Mary's starters for long Tuesday night. The Rams, defending Division 3 state champions and the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, led 15-2 over the No. 16 Mustangs when St. Mary's coach Tom Gonsalves went with a fresh five players.
Kelsey Tillema scored 10 of her 17 points in the first quarter and added 13 rebounds as Ripon Christian beat Trinity Prep 50-28 to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5 playoffs. RC (11-14), the No. 11 seed, built a 22-9 halftime lead, then outscored their hosts 16-9 in the third quarter to take command over Trinity (17-8) and allow every player on the roster a chance to see playing time.