Wrestling makes strides

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The Mustangs wrestling team is a well-respected unit throughout the state. Long-time coach Michael Sandler has led the Mustangs to multiple accomplishments since his first day as a head coach.

Since Sandler took the job at Delta College, the wrestling team has had 48 state qualifiers, 19 place at state, 18 Academic All-Americans and four All-Americans.

Now entering his twelfth year with the Mustangs, Sandler’s expectations from his team are higher than before.

His three top wrestlers are Aaron Ceballos, who was a high school state qualifier, sophomore Adam Garcia (who was eighth in Northern California last season) and new transfer Ricky Castillo, who also was a high school state qualifier.

Sandler took time to answer questions about the goals he wants to reach this season and his expectations from the new wrestlers.

COLLEGIAN: What are your expectations this year from your wrestlers?

SANDLER: “This is one of the best groups I’ve ever had, a top two finish and top two in state is  what we’re aiming for.”

COLLEGIAN: Is there a particular goal you want to reach with this team?

SANDLER: “I’d like to see us qualify eighth to tenth place and seventh to eighth place in state meet, we’d like to match the two banners we won from 2009 and 2011, Benny Garcia in 2009 and Charlie Seang in 2011.”

COLLEGIAN: What kind of impact do you believe your new wrestlers will make?

SANDLER: “A huge impact. Best freshman class I’ve recruited since I’ve been here.”

The wrestling team begins their season on Sept. 26 in Delta College in a dual match up against Modesto Jr. College and Sacramento State University.