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Eagles snag title away from Granite Bay

Del Oro virtually locks up 14th SFL championship; Roseville edges Woodcreek
By: Justin A. Lawson Journal Sports Writer
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LOOMIS – The Del Oro wrestling team went into Wednesday’s dual match with defending Sierra Foothill League champ Granite Bay with two missions in mind: Pin, don’t get pinned and bring back its banner.

The Eagles (4-0) jumped out with three pins in their first four matches and nearly breezed through the rest of the night on the way to a 39-24 win over the Grizzlies (3-1) and virtually capture their 14th league title.

“It means a lot to us,” Del Oro co-coach Clint Madden said. “We were 13-time league champions and we just wanted to make sure that we weren’t stuck on that number very long.”

One more dual match awaits the Eagles when they travel to Rocklin on Feb. 1, but everyone in the SFL knew the title would be between Del Oro and Granite Bay. The two schools are the only ones to win the title over the last six years with the Eagles taking five of those.

Tanner Woods grabbed the first win of the night and clearly put the momentum on the Eagles’ shoulders. The 220-pounder held on in the final seconds to grab a 6-2 decision over Kevin Blank.

Granite Bay tried to rein the momentum back in with heavyweight Tyler Barty, who took down Saul Meneses for a quick two points in the first period. But Meneses whipped Barty over and flopped on him for the reverse and held him down for a pin with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining in the opening period.

“I used my hips and I just got lucky,” said Meneses, a freshman. “It helped a lot and the next matches we got those good points.”

Issac Blackburn pinned Dane Mortensen in the 106-pound bout and Jansen Englebrecht (113) made quick work of Thomas Nguyen to give the Eagles an early 24-0 lead.

Zach Ruybal beat Chris Gallegos 9-0 in the 120-pound bout to extend the lead to 25-0.

Granite Bay needed big points to close the margin with nine bouts to go but matched up Del Oro’s touchdowns with only field goals.

Sean Brown got the first win for the Grizzlies when he beat Tanner Robison 13-3 but could only notch a near fall in the final period with Robison clearly resisting the pin.

The Grizzlies went 5-3 over the last eight bouts but could only get one pin when freshman Cameron Smith (195) pinned Russell Pierce at the 1:30 mark in the second period.

“It is what it is,” Granite Bay coach Robert Cooley said. “We wrestled hard, things happen. We’re not going to point fingers in any direction. They’re a great program, they’re a good wrestling team, we’re a good wrestling team. Somebody has to win, today it was them.”

Roseville 37, Woodcreek 35 — Freshman heavyweight Tyler Rey avoided being pinned in the final match, and the host Tigers (2-2 SFL) hung on to beat the Timberwolves (1-3).

Rey, a second-year wrestler who has competed on the JV level this season, was almost pinned three times by Carl Gross, Roseville coach Jeremiah Miller said. Rey then turned his opponent onto his back and almost recorded a pin. He ended up losing on a 15-5 major decision.

Logan Ash at 106 pounds, Brandon Fratto at 126, Matt Conley at 145 and Ryan Fratto at 220 scored pins as the Tigers overcame an early 12-0 deficit brought on by two forfeits.

Woodcreek 113-pounder James Gomez pinned his opponent, and Austin Mason also recorded a fall at 138. Kyle Morris won the 152-pound match on a 13-5 major decision. And, Woodcreek’s Cameron Young avenged an earlier loss to Robert Ferry by recording a 10-4 decision at 120.

Oakmont 55, Rio Linda 15 — The Vikings (2-2 Capital Valley Conference) rode six pins to a victory over the visiting Knights. Daniel Kozachek at 113 pounds, Dominick Treanor at 126, Yianni Athens at 132, Jake Elliott at 160, Peter Santos at 170 and Zach Sidhu at 220 beat their Rio Linda opponents by fall.

Colin Harrigon of Oakmont scored a 10-1 major decision at 152, and Richie Allard at 138, Kaleio Romero at 145 and Elliott Stanley at 182 won by decision.