Vista wrestlers fall to Los Banos is section semis

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Coming off their first Sierra Valley Conference title, Vista del Lago’s wrestling team had a goal of reaching the finals at Saturday’s Sac-Joaquin Section dual championships.

In their only match of the day, the Eagles lost to Los Banos, 43-30. Vista coach Frank Richmond said reaching the finals was a realistic goal, but luck wasn’t on the side of the Eagles Saturday.

Vista entered the duals with one wrestler already on the shelf with an injury, as 128-pounder Mason Wright has a knee injury. Two other wrestlers suffered injuries Saturday, as Michael Gary injured a rib and had to default out of his match, while Ben Johnson at 162 pounds finished his match despite dealing with a possible dislocated shoulder.

In the loss to Los Banos, Trace Fredericks (108), Troy Grossi (154) and Clayton Wagner (222) picked up pins for the Eagles, while Evan Shelley earned a technical fall win at 147. At 172 pounds, Jacob Sahagun posted an 11-3 major decision win, while Alex King won by decision at heavyweight, 3-2.

“We wrestled tough and had some great performances, but unfortunate injuries kept us from getting the job done today,” Richmond said. “Ben showed a lot of heart. Luck wasn’t on our side, but I’m still very proud of our performance and all the kids have accomplished this season. Our focus now is on getting our guys healthy as we can and overcome our injuries as we prepare for individual league finals Saturday.

At Saturday’s Sierra Valley Conference tournament at El Dorado High, Dalton Boyer (108), Wright (128), Shelley (140), Grossi (147), Johnson (154) and Sahagun (162) will likely be No. 1 seeds in their respective weight classes, as they finished the league dual season undefeated.

Earlier in the week, Vista clinched it’s first undefeated league championship with a 63-9 win over Liberty Ranch. The Eagles won six matches by pin: Fredericks (108), Boyer (113), Antonio Mulqueeny (126), Shelley (145), Grossi (152) and Sahagun (170). Johnson won by technical fall at 160, 16-1, while Gary earned a major decision at 138, 19-6.