Emilio Saavedra (No. 15 @ 103) and Fabian Garcia (No. 15 @ 125) Earn Section Titles
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Fabian Garcia (No. 15 @ 125) and Emilio Saavedra (No. 15 @ 103) are two different wrestlers from two different sides of Turlock.
For one thing, they go to rival schools.
Garcia is a senior at Turlock High who?s looking for his fourth state medal.
Saavedra is a first-time prep wrestler at Pitman High who is ranked No. 1 in his weight class.
On Saturday night, however, they shared the same glory at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament at Stockton Arena.
Saavedra, who?s been grappling for most of his young life, ran through his 103-pound bracket by earning a pin from all five of his matches. The freshman?s domination accumulated in pinning Vacaville High?s Gionn Peralta with 20 seconds left in the second period.
Saavedra will look to live up to his No. 1 state ranking at this weekend?s CIF State Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, with the two-day event starting Friday morning. He?s one of four local wrestlers to qualify.
Moments later, Turlock?s Garcia found himself on his back. For just a second, though. He bounced back to take a 17-4 decision over Casa Roble High?s Auston Wulfert in the 125-pound final for his third Masters title ? tying former two-time state champion and current Turlock assistant coach Lewis Gonzalez?s mark.
Now, Garcia is making a trip to the state tournament for the fourth time, though he hopes this time he comes away with a title.
For Complete Article by Chhun Sun, The Turlock Journal
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