LIVINGSTON Bret Harte High School's wrestling team
knocked off two league champions and made the finals
of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Dual Team
Tournament on Saturday at Livingston High.
The Bullfrogs (10-2) won 48-17 over Pioneer Valley
League champion Lincoln of Placer County in the first
round, and 42-30 over Trans-Valley League champion
Ripon in the semifinals. In an all-Mother Lode League
championship match, Bret Harte fell to archrival
"It was a great day," Bret Harte coach Jan Schulz
said. "I'm extremely happy, really proud of our
wrestlers. And I'm proud that the MLL dominated."
Calaveras won its fourth straight championship to
extend its own section record for consecutive titles,
and tied Hughson of the TVL for the most overall
titles with six. But Bret Harte made the Redskins,
who've won 52 straight dual matches, work for it.
"The score is not indicative of how close that match
truly was," Schulz said. "There were five matches that
could have gone our way."
The result was similar to the teams' meeting Thursday
for the MLL championship in Angels Camp, where
Calaveras won 49-13 but Bret Harte let three pins get
away that could have made a difference.
Saturday's match also was like Thursday's in that
112-pounder T.J. Dillashaw scored an impressive
victory over Calaveras' Sam Fragoza, who's ranked No.
4 in the state. Dillashaw won 7-5 in overtime
Thursday, but needed no such dramatics Saturday as he
built a 10-2 lead before pinning Fragoza 13 seconds
into the third round.
The season series between the two is now even at two
victories apiece, with Fragoza winning at the Hatler
tournament in Sonora and the Foothill tourney in
Bret Harte's other winners against Calaveras were
Justin Middleton, 5-3 over Ryan Tanaka at 125 pounds,
and Thomas Smith, who pinned Cole Lanning in 1:10 at