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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2002 10:00 pm

Tokay High's wrestling team, fresh off a league title, sends 13 wrestlers to the Sac-Joaquin Sub-Section Tournament today and Saturday at Turlock High School in Modesto.

Cross-town rival Lodi, which finished second in the regular season, also qualified 13 grapplers.

The Tigers send Rodney Gaines, who wrestles in the 119-pound weight class, Andrew Stipe (130), Adam Yee (140), Patrick Goforth (145) and Scott Gaines (160).

Also qualifying for sub-sections are Dan Congrave (171), Nate Malm (215), Bryan Deemer (Heavy), Carlos Lizaraga (103), Nick Errecalde 9112), Dan Sanchez (125), Jimmy Griffitts (135) and Nick Mease (189).

The Flames send Felipe Bramasco (112), Justin Valdez (135), Matt Acevedo (119), Matt Halecky (125) and Jimmy Beasley (130) to Turlock.

Also making the trip are Paul Henderson (140), Justin Riddle (145), Aaron Crumpacker (152), Matt Kiesz (160), Eric Olson (171), Cody Meyers (189), Chris Kotsoglou (215) and Dean McDonald (HWT).

Galt had eight wrestlers qualify for sub-sections: Russell Lexua (215), Lanier Brazile (112), Joey Flores (145), Shane Weteratrom (HWT), Justin Cornejo (152), Jerred Dixon (160), Konrad Schwartz (171) and Matt Orr (181) represent the Warriors in the postseason. Derek Wynia and Jon Lucero were picked as alternates.

Power Ratings

Lodi High's boys basketball team faces Tokay tonight for the San Joaquin Athletic Association league championship in the final game of the regular season.

A win for the Tigers (19-9 overall, 11-2 SJAA) forces the Flames (24-4, 12-2) to share the crown.

Regardless of the outcome, both teams will gain invitations to the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Division I playoffs, which begin Feb. 22.

Lodi, with a power rating of No. 2, and No. 7 Tokay both play host in the first game of the 16-team, single-elimination tourney. If the Flames and Tigers advance, they will play at the University of the Pacific's Spanos Center on Feb. 26.

Other SJAA teams include No. 8 Lincoln (17-8, 8-5) In Division I play and No. 4 St. Mary's (18-10, 8-5) in Division III action.

In girls action, the Lady Flames (15-13, 8-6) got a must win Thursday night with a 41-34 victory over Tokay (4-10 SJAA).

"We knew we had to win both games," Lodi coach Rod Woznick said. "They were must wins if we were to make the playoffs. We did it and expect between a No. 12 and No. 14 seed."

Currently Lodi is No. 17 in Division I play with the final power ratings to be released this weekend. The Lady Flames will travel to play a road game in the first round of the playoffs next Thursday.

No. 6 Edison and No. 12 Lincoln round out the SJAA teams in Division I. St. Mary's takes the No. 3 seed in Division II.

In Mountain Valley League action, Jim Elliot's No. 6 boys and No. 4 girls teams are both guaranteed a playoff bid in the Division V tournament.

The Eagles will host first round action next Wednesday with the Lady Eagles playing at home Thursday.

With its win against Ponderosa, Galt's girls, No. 12 in Division III, secured a playoff berth. The Warriors will play on the road Tuesday.

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