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SJS D1-AA wrestling results: Del Oro overcomes misfortune to snare team title

By: Ike Dodson of the Auburn Journal
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D1-AA Wrestling Championships

Top-eight place-winners (Masters qualifiers)

106 - 1st: Antonio Lorenzo (DO) 1:56 pin Leem Kue (BUH) 3rd: Styles Schmidli (LOD) 7-1 dec. Seth Chaney (TOK) 5th: Gabe Olivera (LIN) 3-0 dec. Shane Kumarartne (ROC) 7th: Giovanni Villegas (TUR) 8-6 dec Zayne Beckman (OR)

113 - 1st: Greg Viloria (W) 8-3 dec. Brandon Mendoza (BUH) 3rd: Jared Horstman (OR) 5-2 dec. Angelo Martinoni (F) 5th: Austin Valencia (WDC) 3-1 dec. Ryan Clark (R) 7th: Darren McCurry (TOK) 6-5 dec. Michael Marquez (TUR)

120 - 1st: Adam Velasquez (PIT) 5-3 dec. Mike Mello (OR) 3rd: Teague Dillbeck (GB) 9-2 dec. Trenton Edalgo (TOK) 5th: Daniel Carlin (GV) 6-3 dec. Keaton Richards (NU) 7th: David Ortiz (BUH) 9-8 dec. Alex Goyhentche (R)

126- 1st: Logan Bik (R) 5-3 dec. Isaiah Juan (W) 3rd: Jackson Redhair (OR) 7-1 dec. Trevor Mattox (PIT) 5th: Dylan Crawford (LOD) 6-5 dec. Alex Olivera (TUR) 7th: Lance Lo (LIN) 9-6 dec. Thomas Vansquez (BUH)

132 -1st: Curtis Booth (F) 11-2 dec. Angelo Uribe (GB) 3rd: Chase Patterson (DO) 5-2 dec. Ricky Mello (OR) 5th: Modesto Silvestre (W) 5-1 dec. Eliezar Schmallbeck (LIN) 7th: Brady Mello (GV) 12-2 dec. Will Schwertchart (BC)

138 - 1st: Jack Ramalia (GB) 3-1 dec. Isaiah Perez (PIT) 3rd: Brady Egelston (TUR) 4-0 dec. Daelin Wofford (OR) 5th: Mohammed Zamani (BUH) 4-2 dec. Immanuel Wright (GV) 7th: Carter Bozovich (TOK) def. Steven Shumate (LOD)

145 - 1st: Clay Shropshire (DO) 2:23 pin Hunter Gonzalez (R) 3rd: Kaleb Reyes-Small (F) 9-5 dec. Jack Santino (OR) 5th: Mateo Samuelson (GV) 7-0 dec. Arthur Clemens (PIT) 7th: Francisco Gonzalez (TRA) 1:58 pin Keelan Buckner (BUH)

152 - 1st: Noah Blake (DO) 8-7 dec. Jeff Skyrud (F) 3rd: Andres Orozco (TUR) 4-2 dec. Bobby Mello (OR) 5th: Kashe McHugh (NU) 9-6 dec. Ramos (GV) 7th: Tucker Purdy (LOD) 6-4 dec. Brian Horn (R)

160 - 1st: Jason Berquist (F) pin Ben Moran (BUH) 3rd: Willie Costanzo (DO) 1:32 pin Albert Biccoca (OR) 5th: Uriel Villasenor (TUR) 5-3 dec. Johhny Martinez (GV) 7th: Alex Lopez (TRA) 17-5 majdec. Austin Mason (LOD)

170 - 1st: Justin Burrage (DO) 3:42 pin Johnny Juarez (ATW) 3rd: Juan Rosales (BUH) 5-4 dec. Nick Diaz (OR) 5th: Dylan Kranich (TOK) def. Justin Mederios (LOD) 7th: Diego Basulto (PIT) 3-1 dec. Parker Wilkin (GB)

182 - 1st: Breaden Kavan (F) 14-3 dec. Eddie Zamora (R) 3rd: Justin Loveall (LOD) 6-4 dec. Victor Cruz (BUH) 5th: Dustin James (MER) 9-4 dec. Sam Williams (TOK) 7th: Griffin Langeloh (LIN) 4:37 pin Brock McCarty (TRA)

195 - 1st: KC Kranich (TOK) def. Dylan Crane (F) 3rd: Breck Jeffus (TUR) 2-0 dec. NathAN Graves (LOD) 5th: Robert Humbert (GV) 2:12 pin Taylor Dickson (LIN) 7th: Branden Tallent (PIT) 5-3 dec. Adam Lowe (DO)

220 - 1st: Hunter Halverson (DO) 4-1 dec. Jacob Pavey (GV) 3rd: Mason Roush 3:30 pin Michael Jeffus (TUR) 5th: John Moestoop (OR) 4:03 pin Steven Inocencio (BUH) 7th: Jared Zermeno (TOK) 3-1 DEC. Albert Carranza (TRA)

285- 1st: Pablo Miller (DO) 10-2 dec. Courtland Morse (GV) 3rd: Brysen Klinefelter (OR) 3-1 dec. Leo Alcantara (TOK) 5th: Julien Barrera (PIT) 2-0 dec. Kacey Kelley (LOD) 7th: Daniel Canela (ATW) def. Cole Johnson (NU)

STOCKTON — A sensational 6-0 sweep of finals matches carried the Del Oro High wrestling team to a dramatic team title at the Division I-AA Sac-Joaquin Section Wrestling Championships Saturday.

Del Oro

Despite missing state stalwart Ryan Ojeda (couldn't weight last week) and the teams’ lone returning state place-winner, Landon McBride (broken ankle last week) Del Oro erupted for eight wins in nine medal matches to overcome runner-up Oak Ridge 204-186 for the divisional title at Lincoln of Stockton. Another Sierra Foothill League team, Folsom, was third with 176.

Oak Ridge led 186-173 heading into the event finals, but freshman Antonio Lorenzo (106), senior Clay Shropshire (145), freshman Noah Blake (152), senior Justin Burrage (170), junior Hunter Halverson (220) and junior Pablo Miller (285) retook the lead by staying undefeated in their respective brackets.

 “Losing Landon McBride and Ryan Ojeda was a huge loss to this team, and I told the guys that there was two ways we could deal with that,” Del Oro coach Clint Madden said. “Either we could come in and not wrestle well and be frustrated, or we could come in and show the kind of team we really are.

“They did that, wrestled really well every match this entire weekend and we were on point — especially in the finals.”

The top eight place-winners earn advancement to next week’s SJS Masters championships at the Stockton Arena, the last stop before state.

Del Oro’s lone medal defeat was at 195, where freshman Adam Lowe allowed an overtime takedown and settled for eighth. Chase Patterson won a pivotal 5-2 third-place showdown with Oak Ridge’s Ricky Mello at 132, and then Willie Costanzo followed that by pinning Oak Ridge’s Albert Biccoca in the 160-pound bronze medal match.

Costanza was an odd sight after the match, beaming with excitement, but sporting a few facial lacerations, including a cut beneath his right eye.

“It’s all from wrestling,” Costanza admitted. “It’s a tough sport, but I love it though.

“I don’t think I could have done this without such a great coaching staff.”

Lorenzo pinned Leem Kue of Buhach Colony in the 106-pound finale. Shropshire stuck Rocklin’s Hunter Gonzalez in the second round after dropping Gonzalez suddenly to his back.

“He went for a throw and I went for an inside trip,” Shropshire said. “It was over right there. I think he may have blacked out.”

Blake had perhaps the toughest match-up, with a Folsom wrestler (Jeff Skyrud) who upset him for the Sierra Foothill League title last week. Blake outlasted Skyrud this time, prevailing 8-7 to take the top seed to Masters.

“I always train hard, but I did feel like I had to step it up,” Blake said. “It’s a good feeling to come away with (the championship).

“It needed to happen, going into Masters.”

Burrage, who hasn’t wrestled since the sixth grade, won a divisional title in his first-ever prep postseason. He was up big, before snapping near-side cradle and pinning Johnny Juarez of Atwater in the second round.

“I saw it and hit it, and it worked,” Burrage said. “Going into this year, having never wrestled in high school, I didn’t know what to expect.

“It’s all about whatever I can do to help the team, and my coaches told me to go out and get those extra points. I did.”

Halverson cruised to a 4-1 victory over Golden Valley’s Jacob Pavy while Miller put on a show at 285. He brilliantly executed several crowd-rousing throws and even landed a quick ankle pick en route to a 10-2 win over GV’s Courtland Morse.

Oak Ridge

The Trojans qualified a tournament-best 12 wrestlers to Masters and nearly snuck the team title away from Del Oro.

Not bad for a team that was buried on the lone release of SJS team rankings by the California Wrestling Newsletter last week.

“We were looking at the rankings, and they had us (24th) in Masters,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “We showed that to the kids and they didn’t like it.

“It’s tough to get noticed in a such a tough league, and (Del Oro and Folsom) are two great programs, so we get a little bit forgotten.

“But there we were in the team scores, and we are a young team.”

Only three of the 12 Masters qualifiers are seniors.

Oak Ridge had one finalist (Mike Mello lost 5-3 to Pitman’s Adam Velasquez at 120), while Jared Horstman (113), Jackon Redhair (126) and Brysen Klinefelter (285) finished third.

Oak Ridge had six straight fourth place finishers: Ricky Mello (132), Daelin Wofford (138), Jack Santino (145), Bobby Mello (152), Albert Biccoca (160) and Nick Diaz—Kokais (170).

Zayne Beckman (eighth at 106) and John Moestoop (fifth at 220) also landed top-eight medals.

“We are really happy to get 12 to move on like that,” Rhyan said. “We knew we would be tough, but leading heading into the finals — that was even better than we expected.”

Folsom

The Bulldogs put five wrestlers in the finals and will advance eight to Masters.

Curtis Booth continued his postseason tear with an 11-2 shellacking of Granite Bay’s Angelo Uribe to win a 132-pound bracket populated by four SFL wrestlers in the top podium spots.

Skyrud dropped an 8-7 decision to Blake in the 152-finale, but Jason Berquist rolled to a pin of Buhach Colony’s Ben Moran a weight later.

Since Dylan Crane forfeited to second at 220, Braedon Kavan wrestled the last Folsom final at 182. He scored repeatedly, rolling to a 14-3 major decision of Rocklin’s Eddie Zamora.

“Being the champ is better than getting second I guess,” Kavan said with a grin. “It feels good. There are a lot of tough guys out there.”

Folsom’s Angelo Martinoni (fourth at 113), Kaleb Reyes-Small (third at 145) and Mason Roush (third at 220) also ended top-four.

Rocklin

The Thunder (90.5 team points) finished 10th with three finalists and seven Masters qualifiers. Incredibly, the three finalists didn’t make last week’s SFL finals.

Logan Bik moved up a seed in the 126-pound bracket after Del Oro’s McBride broke his ankle and went on a 4-0 tear to snare championship gold. He was tied 3-3 with Isaiah Juan of West, but nabbed a third-round reversal to win the match.

“I’m really stoked,” Bik said. “The bracket shifted around with injuries and I took advantage of the situation and made it all work.

“I just never stopped wrestling, and that’s how I look at it. Every second counts.”

Hunter Gonzlalez, slighted by foolhardy omission from top-three predictions in the Auburn Journal D1-AA preview, landed a 7-4 win of Folsom’s Reyes-Small to reach the 145-pound finals, were he was ultimately stuck by Shropshire.

Zamora was outworked 14-3 in the 182-pound title match by Kavan. Rocklin’s Shane Kumarartne (sixth at 106), Ryan Clark (sixth at 115), Alex Goyhenetche (eighth at 120) and Brian Horn (eighth at 152) are also moving on for Rocklin.

Granite Bay

The section took a huge hit to it’s state-championship potential when two-time state-winner Israel Saavedra failed to make weight at 160 pounds.

The Grizzlies still managed a pair of finalists and a champion when Jack Ramalia outlasted Pitman’s Isaiah Perez in an exciting 3-1 decision at 138 pounds.

Ramalia landed a big takedown early and avoided Perez’ fast-paced offense in the final round.

“I should have put a lot more points on the board,” Ramalia said. “I didn’t finish my shots. Come state tournament, I’ll be finishing those shots.

“I’m ready to go, excited. I’ve put in work day-in-and-day-out and it all comes down to this.”

Granite Bay (67.5 team points, 11th place) will also send Angelo Uribe (second at 132), Teague Dillbeck (third at 120) and Parker Wilkin (eighth at 170) to Masters.

Woodcreek

Sophomore Austin Valencia was the lone Timberwolves wrestlers to snare Masters qualification. He went 1-1 in the championship bracket before falling to champion Greg Viloria of West.

In consolation, Valencia went 3-1, ultimately edging Rocklin’s Clark 3-1 in the fifth-place match.