Wrestlers who finished in the top seven in each weight class qualified to compete for state titles at the California Interscholastic Federation tournament Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The Masters meet was contested Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at Stockton Arena. Patterson’s contingent bowed out on the tournament’s first day.
Patterson coach Lee Scoles warned his athletes not to be too upset. Instead, he wants the four grapplers to remember their accomplishments during a successful season on the mats.
“I told the guys to keep their heads up and that I am very proud of all of them,” Scoles said. “If you get knocked down, pick yourself up. If you lose and you gave a good effort, then you’ll ultimately feel good about yourself.”
Canseco, a junior, finished Friday’s action with a 2-2 record in the 113-pound bracket, defeating Shaun Devisscher of Florin High of Sacramento with a 3-1 decision and Stanley Oyana of Rosemont High of Sacramento with a 5-3 decision before falling 9-6 to Ryan Ojeda of Lincoln High of Stockton in the consolation round.
Howard, a senior, also ended his run during the first day of the tournament, finishing 2-2 overall in the 145-pound bracket. He won a 12-1 decision over Denin Downing of Calaveras High and a 3-2 decision over Devon Kelly of Central Catholic High of Modesto and was eliminated in the consolation round after losing to Landon Croisant of Lincoln on a 4-0 decision.
“Today, we did lots of learning and saw lots of camaraderie,” Scoles said . “These things are crucial for any team to succeed.”
Sophomore Cota (120 pounds) and junior Cruz (132), both competing at Masters for a second straight year, finished 0-2 but hope to return to the event next year.
“We’re learning that we can’t stop once we get to this point of our season — we have to turn things up that much more, and keep our heads in it,” Cota said. “This team is still growing. The talent we have feeds off each other.”
Cruz plans to keep practicing until wrestling season begins again in November .
“Over the off-season, I have to work a little harder and get in as much mat time as I can,” he said. “We can’t dwell on these losses. Hopefully, we’ll return next year and build off of this experience.”
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