All-America wrestling honor eludes Granite Bay grad Loder
Granite Bay High School graduate Ryan Loder fell one match short of earning All-America status for the second year in a row, when he lost in the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the NCAA Championships on Friday in St. Louis, Mo.
Loder, ranked eighth in the nation at 184 pounds, split his first two matches Thursday, edging Grant Gramball of Iowa 2-1 and losing to No. 9 Austin Trotman of Appalachian State 8-2. Gramball placed third at the NCAA Championships last season.
On Friday, Loder took a 6-0 lead over Erich Schmditke of Oklahoma and went on to a 10-5 decision. Loder then recorded a 12-1 major decision over Thomas Ferguson of North Carolina.
Loder needed a win over No. 7 Josh Ihnen of Nebraska to guarantee a top-eight finish and All-America status but lost a decision 5-3.
Loder, who earned second-team status on the All-Western Wrestling Conference team, finished the season 35-6. He’s 65-17 in two seasons at Northern Iowa.
Granite Bay grad breaks two swimming records at Arizona
University of Arizona senior swimmer Alyssa Anderson broke two school records Friday at the NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala.
Anderson, a Granite Bay graduate, was timed in 1 minute, 42.91 seconds in the 200 freestyle preliminaries, according to www.arizonawildcats.com. That broke Lacey Nymeyer’s record of 1:43.33 set in 2007. Anderson went on to finish fourth in the finals to earn her the 13th career All-America honor.
Anderson, sophomores Margo Geer and Sarah Denninghoff and junior Monica Drake broke the 800 free relay school record with a time of 6:58.36 in the last race of the day. Anderson, Geer, Denninghoff and Drake finished third behind Georgia and team champion Cal.
Two-time speedway champ Scott adds Stockton 99 to schedule
It’s shaping up to be a busy year for Late Model driver Matt Scott.
In addition to gunning for his third consecutive points championship at All American Speedway in Roseville, Scott just picked up a sponsorship that also will allow him to race at Stockton 99 Speedway, according to a news release.
Scott earned six checkered flags, seven poles and 14 top-five finishes in 17 starts last season and was named Closed Wheel/Oval Track Driver of the Year by the Northern California Motorsports Press Association. Scott also made his debut in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and finished 10th in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 in October in Roseville.
All American Speedway will hold a 75-lap Late Model main event in its season opener March 31.