Masters Wrestling Championships: Tokay’s Mendieta just misses state berth
Tokay High's Mario Mendieta, top, tries to turn Santino Porter, of Lincoln High School(Lincoln, CA) onto his back for the pin during the Sac-Joaquin Sections Masters on Friday. Mendieta placed eighth at the Masters Championships this past weekend in Stockton.
- Athlete of the week
Tokay High senior wrestler Mario Mendieta placed eighth at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships this past weekend in Stockton. Mendieta was one win away from advancing to the state tournament.
Family: Mel and Teresa Mendieta, parents; one brother and one sister.
Favorite sport: Wrestling. Mendieta said he enjoys the competitiveness, intensity and discipline of the sport.
Favorite athlete: His coaches. “They all helped me in their own ways,” Mendieta said.
Best sports moment: Advancing to Masters in his junior year. Mendieta was trailing in his divisional qualifier but pinned his opponent with five seconds left to earn a Masters berth.
Worst sports moment: His loss on Saturday that denied him a state berth.
Hobbies: Working on classic American cars.
Favorite local restaurant: Country Kitchen.
Dream car: 1952 Vokswagen Beetle.
Dream vacation: A trip to Italy.
Must-see TV: Fast N’ Loud
Future plans: Mendieta plans to become a teacher and coach wrestling.
The Athlete of the Week is selected by the News-Sentinel sports staff. Nominations are gladly accepted. Mendieta will receive a T-shirt courtesy of Lodi Sporting Goods for being selected.
— News-Sentinel staff
Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:51 am
The Lodi area’s final two wrestlers finished their seasons in heartbreaking form. The 12-man group between the Lodi Flames and Tokay Tigers that made it to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet was down to two after Friday.
On Saturday, Tigers Clint Schallberger and Mario Mendieta were all that were left at the Stockton Arena. The top seven finishers advanced to the CIF State Championships in Bakersfield with no alternates.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:51 am.