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Season over for Lincoln’s Nakasone, Stanley

By: Russ Edmondson The News Messenger
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The wrestling season came to a close for Lincoln High’s Jesse Nakasone and Daniel Stanley at the Masters Tournament at UOP in Stockton over the weekend. Wrestlers had to place among the top seven in their weight class to advance to this weekend’s CIF State Meet in Bakersfield. Nakasone (103 pounds) is a sophomore and Stanley (160) is a junior so both will have another chance to reach state next year. Nakasone went 1-2 at the tournament. He lost his first match to an opponent from Rio Americano but rebounded to pin a Merced wrestler next. He finished with a 5-2 loss to a Foothill wrestler. “I really felt he had a solid day,” Lincoln coach Mike Maul said. “The two kids he lost to, the first guy just had more mat time and was better than us. And the last guy, we really gave him a good match. (Nakasone) wrestled about as good a tournament as we could have expected. But I like that he wasn’t satisfied. He definitely has a desire to win and he has that edge. He had a very good season.” Maul says Nakasone has a chance to go to state next year. “That would be nice, but it’s never a guarantee,” Maul said. “Last year he was sixth in league and didn’t make divisionals. And this year he was first in league and won a match at (Masters) and it really shows how far he has come. If he continues on that path (state is realistic).” Stanley lost both of his matches at Masters. His first match was against an Oak Ridge opponent who ended up placing second. The second opponent was from Sierra of Manteca and Stanley lost 7-4. “The first kid was just wrestling at a different level than we were,” Maul said. “And the second kid, I really thought (Stanley) left it all out on the mat. “He busted his rear and has one more crack at it (next year). He is in a tougher weight class, up there with the big boys, but with some hard work who knows what will happen.”