High School Sports

Turlock wrestles back CCC title

TURLOCK -- Dylan Frazee sees it every time he walks through the gymnasium at Turlock High School.

"I look at our league championship banners, and I see that gap from last year," said the Turlock High senior. "Seven league titles in a row, then we didn't do it last year. We wanted to get that banner back."

Frazee sealed the deal for the Bulldogs, pinning Golden Valley's Khalid Hanifay at 140 pounds -- the penultimate match of Wednesday night's dual meet, as Turlock beat the Cougars 33-26 to win the outright Central California Conference championship.

The dual meet was contested in front of a large crowd -- including two genuine English Bulldogs -- at Turlock's old gymnasium.

"When we started (the dual meet) at 152 pounds, I kind of felt it might come down to me," Frazee said. "I wanted that. I wanted to help us do it."

Each team won seven matches, but the difference was how they did it. Four Turlock wrestlers -- Fabian Garcia (119), Frazee, Johnny Gutierrez (171) and Mason Nascimento (215) -- all won by pin. On the other side, no Cougars wrestlers were able to get the fall.

"The pins cost us," Golden Valley coach Chopper Mello said. "We didn't save those points when we needed to, and Turlock did a great job.

"It was a great dual meet between two of the area's top teams."

Turlock coach Mike Contreras was surrounded by well-wishers after bringing the program yet another league championship.

"Eight out of the last nine is pretty good," Contreras said. "We've got a good thing going. Give the credit to the kids. They've worked so hard this year.

"And every match was important. We told our guys, 'Don't get pinned, and we'll win this match.' And that's what happened."

Next up for the Bulldogs is the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Dual championships on Saturday at Rosemont High in Sacramento.

"We feel we have a pretty strong dual meet team," Contreras said. "We'll see how me match up against the Elk Groves and the Vacavilles of our section."

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