Subjeck places fifth, Pollock sixth at state wrestling tournament

By: John Parker/Telegraph Correspondent
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BAKERSFIELD – Oak Ridge High junior Keaton Subjeck is not one to dwell on the past. Not that he had much time to anyhow. The fifth-ranked 160-pound wrestler in the state lived up to that classification in winning the fifth-place match at the CIF State Championships at Rabobank Arena in a 7-1 decision over Healdsburg’s Matthew Tsarnas. He rebounded from a heart-breaking 11-10 loss in the final seconds of the quarterfinal bout to Clovis’s Adrian Salas the night before to win two straight consolation matches on Saturday morning. He then fell in a tight 6-3 decision to eventual third-place finisher Jim Wilson of McNair-Stockton before running into Tsarnas. “I have no regrets because I know I wrestled my hardest,” Subjeck said. “They just motivated me to keep battling and to stay positive.” Against Tsarnas, who he had beaten at the Doc Buchanan and Tim Brown Invitationals earlier in the season, he was constantly the aggressor. After a scoreless first period Subjeck took control with a quick takedown and then a near-fall. He would take Tsarnas to the mat again in the third period before his foe scored an escape for his only point. “I just wrestle my way,” Subjeck said. “Always attack.” Folsom senior Connor Pollock capped his career with a sixth-place finish, dropping the fifth-place match to 1-0 Jake Smith of Newark Memorial. The first two periods were scoreless as they spent much of the time on their feet locked up. When Smith started the third period on bottom he was able to escape Pollock for the lone point of the match and appeared to stall – opposing coaches felt so in the observing area – the rest of the way. A similar scenario played out in senior 285-pounder Jordan Alleva’s consolation sixth-round match – a bout that had he won, would have assured him of a medal. Once Villa Park senior David Trujillo got ahead, he bear-hugged Alleva for the final 1:15. “I felt like he was the aggressor the whole way,” Folsom coach Mike Collier said. “(Trujillo) got caught stalling early but after that we didn’t get another (stalling) call.” Sophomore 145-pounder Nick Fiegener also made it to the second day, finishing in a tie for 12th. He lost his first consolation bout of the morning to eventual sixth-place finisher Adam Hendrickson of Healdsburg, 15-3. “Nick was wrestling as well as we’ve seen him all year,” Collier said. “It’s great to see what the future holds for him.”