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Confusion, excitement on mat in CCC championships

Buhach colony's Johnathan White, top, is grappled by Gold Valley's Jay Jay Terry in the 145-pound championship at the Central California conference mtte at Pitman High.  The wild match ended with a 14-12 victory for White.
Buhach colony's Johnathan White, top, is grappled by Gold Valley's Jay Jay Terry in the 145-pound championship at the Central California conference mtte at Pitman High. The wild match ended with a 14-12 victory for White. Merced Sun-Star

TURLOCK -- Johnathan White knew he would face Golden Valley's Jay Jay Terry in the finals.

The Buhach Colony senior was thinking about Terry all week.

"On Monday, my coach told me Jay Jay had moved down to 145 pounds," White said. "He's been on my mind a lot."

The two hooked up in the featured match of the day as White scored a takedown in overtime to win a thrilling 14-12 decision during the Central California Conference wrestling championships Friday at Pitman High.

"Jay Jay was looking forward to it after they hooked up a couple times last year," GV coach Chopper Mello said. "That was one of the reasons he moved down was to match up with Johnny. I can see them meeting up a couple more times down the road."

Turlock won four individual titles on the way to winning the team title with 239½ points. The Bulldogs got championships from Fabian Garcia (112 pounds), Travis Olson (135), Dylan Frazee (140) and Mason Nascimento (285).

The Terry-White match had everything from a frantic finish, confusion by the official scorer and White unaware the match was in overtime.

The final minute of regulation was a blur with points being awarded left and right. The points came so quickly, the official scorer couldn't keep up.

After a brief meeting, two reversal points were awarded to Terry to give the GV senior an 11-10 lead with seven seconds remaining.

White elected to surrender an escape point and sent the match to overtime with a takedown as time expired.

"I knew that if I faked for the front foot, he'd put all the weight on his back foot," White said. "So I faked, then I got the back foot and took him down. I was able to set him up."

However, after all the chaos, White forgot he had surrendered the escape point, so he thought he had a one-point lead.

So when the overtime period started, White thought they were finishing out the match.

It wasn't until Terry had gone for a shot and White was trying to fight him off, that he looked over to the scorer's table and saw they were in overtime.

"I was confused," White said. "Sometimes, I don't know the score, but I know if I'm ahead or behind. I always know what round I'm in.

"He got in pretty deep on me with his shot. The only thing I could do was try a chin whip and I was able to get him on his back for the takedown."

Golden Valley's Lee Xiong (125), Jack Anderson (130) and Thomas Marquez (160) all won titles.

A win for Buhach Colony's Jeremy Camacho over Merced's Ray Valenzuela in the 119s was also one of the more dramatic finals.

Camacho came back from a 5-2 deficit to defeat Valenzuela with an escape in the final second.

Xiong won his title when he tossed Turlock's Mychael Jackson to the mat late in the third round and Jackson landed awkwardly on his shoulder and couldn't continue.

"Lee knew what he wanted to do, he set him up and it was a beautiful throw," Mello said.

"A lot of people complimented Lee, because it was a textbook throw the way his hips were set up and how patient he was.

"Lee really wrestled a patient match. He wanted to be a conference champ."

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