Vista sends all 12 varsity wrestlers to divisionals

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Vista del Lago qualified all 12 varsity wrestlers to this weekend’s divisional tournament, setting a school record by breaking last year’s mark of 10. All 12 wrestlers finished in the top-four spots of last weekend’s Sierra Valley Conference championships held at Cosumnes Oaks High School. Juniors Troy Grossi and Michael Gary won conference championships, Grossi at 140 pounds and Gary at 134 pounds. Grossi won his title with a 16-0 technical fall victory in the finals, while Gary pinned his opponent. By winning their weight classes both wrestlers put themselves in good position to do well this weekend. “Troy wrestled great,” Vista coach Frank Richmond said. “He came into the tournament an underrated number-three seed in arguably the toughest weight class in the league and started the tourney with a tech fall victory over Cosumnes Oaks, then an injury default victory over the number-four ranked wrestler in the section, Kyle Ferguson, and then a tech fall victory in the finals over Matt Cathey of Union Mine. This puts Troy in a great position for divisionals next weekend and increases his chances of becoming Vista’s first state qualifier.” “Michael wrestled very well,” Richmond continued. “He’s a first-year varsity wrestler, but went into the tournament as the number-one seed. His top game has improved drastically over the course of the season and he was able to score the fall in the second period.” The Eagles had four other wrestlers reach the conference championships, but Austin Rompel (108), Ben Johnson (147), Jacob Sahagun (154) and Brandon Johnson (184) all lost in the finals and finished second. Rompel, Sahagun and Johnson are juniors, while Johnson is a freshman. Juniors Ian Berklacich (162) and Clayton Wagner (197) and freshman Mason Wright (122) placed third in their weight classes, while senior CJ Moore (172), sophomore Austin Burke (128) and freshman Alex King (220) placed fourth. “Our three freshmen, Mason, Ben and Alex, as well as first-year juniors Ian and Brandon, have showed huge improvements from the beginning of the season,” Richmond said. “We’re a young team and I’m glad to have 11 of these 12 guys coming back next year.”