STOCKTON -- Greg Hartman can tell early on if he's going to have a good day.
The Los Banos senior had that feeling on Saturday morning as he warmed up for the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South tournament at
"When I'm going good, I can tell early when I'm (warming up)," Hartman said. "I can tell I'm going to have a good tournament. Everyone has their good and bad days. I could just tell it was going to be a very good day. I couldn't tell you why I felt that way, but it feels pretty awesome."
Never miss a local story.
Awesome pretty much summed up Hartman's performance.
He wrapped up his second straight divisional championship by pinning Pitman's John England, and then needed less than 3 minutes to record a 17-2 victory over Enoch's Wayne Green in the 145-pound finals.
Hartman felt so good he never peaked at the brackets or scouted his opponents.
"Honestly, I didn't even know what school he was from," said Hartman of Green. "The last two days I haven't looked at the brackets. I just felt I was on top of my game. That will change next week at Masters. I'll do some scouting."
Hartman never let Green breathe in the finals.
He recorded three takedowns on his way to a 12-2 lead after the first round. A quick reversal and three back points ended the match early in the second round.
"I like the way I'm wrestling," Hartman said. "I came away with first place, which will help me get a great seed next week and a good opponent. It's all about the big picture and getting back to state. I want to be myself in the best position to get there."
Five other area wrestlers reached the finals on Saturday, but all five came away with second-place finishes.
Golden Valley's Antonio Guizar found himself matched up against Pitman's Robert Vasquez in the 140-pound final. Guizar and Vasquez had split a pair of matches earlier this year.
Guizar scored two points on a reversal to cut Vasquez's lead to 6-4 heading into the third round. However, a mistake helped Vasquez earn three nearfall points to extend his lead to 9-4 and the Pitman junior went on to win 11-5.
"I leaned back too far to try to come out and he took me to a tilt," Guizar said about the costly mistake. "I messed up right there. That lost me the match because it's tough to come back when you're down by five points.
"It's disappointing because I know I can beat him."
Buhach Colony sophomore Aaron Osmer tried to follow up his 152-pound Central California Conference championship with a divisional title.
However, he ran into a tough opponent in McNair's Jim Wilson.
Wilson scored two back points with 15 seconds left in the second round to erase a 1-0 deficit. He added two points in the final round with an escape and an illegal hold by Osmer to finish off a 4-1 win.
"I went in there trying to get shots," Osmer said. "He was better. If you're better, you're better."
Los Banos' Kendal Klette fell just short in his rematch of last week's CCC 103-pound final with Garrett Fortado. Klette scored two nearfall points late in the match, but it wasn't enough as Fortado won 6-5.
Merrill West's Justin Martin-Del Campo gave Golden Valley's Ben Weber fits on his way to a 12-4 win in the 112-pound championship.
Martin-Del Campo scored a takedown and three back points to stretch a one-point lead to 7-1 midway through the second round.
Pitman's Gustavo Verver helped Pitman wrap up the team title with a 5-2 win over Buhach Colony's Luis Bojorquez in their third match of the season.
Los Banos led the way with seven wrestlers advancing to next week's Masters tournament at the Stockton Arena. Golden Valley will send six wrestlers back to Stockton.
Buhach Colony and Merced will each send five wrestlers to the Master's tournament.
Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.