Even a lopsided loss in a championship event can have
a bright spot.
Bret Harte High School got pummeled by archrival
Calaveras 49-13 in Thursday night's showdown for the
Mother Lode League dual-match wrestling title at the
Bret Harte gym, but everyone who bleeds purple and
gold felt like a champion when T.J. Dillashaw upset
Sam Fragoza in a thrilling bout at 112 pounds.
It was a classic duel between two of the top
wrestlers in a weight class that is absolutely loaded
in the Sac-Joaquin Section. The two already had met
twice this season, and they may go at it several more
times in the MLL, sub-section, and section tournaments, and possibly
even the State Tournament.
Dillashaw won 7-5 when he scored a takedown with four
seconds left in overtime. It was Dillashaw's first
victory over Fragoza, who finished fourth in the state
last season and is ranked No. 4 this year.
With the victory in hand, Dillashaw raised his arms
in triumph and jubilantly acknowledged the wildly
cheering Bret Harte fans on the nearly packed west
side of the gym.
The winning move?
"High crotch, arm drag, ankle pick," Dillashaw said
in his best wrestle-speak.
Whatever all that is, it gave Dillashaw perhaps the
biggest victory of his career after it looked like
Fragoza might have pulled a rabbit out his headgear by
tying the match 7-7 on a two-point reversal with one
second left in regulation after Dillashaw had taken
a 7-5 lead on a takedown with just 10 seconds
Josh Grimes followed with a 9-6 victory over Jason
Kulp at 119 pounds and Justin Middleton with an 8-0
whipping of Ryan Tanaka at 125 for Bret Harte. The team score read
12-10 at that point, after Calaveras has won the first
two matches by pin, and it seemed like the battle for
the title had been joined. But Calaveras (5-0 MLL) won
the next eight matches to easily wrap up its fourth
straight MLL crown.