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Granite Bay falls in first trip to section team duals final

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Granite Bay High School advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Duals championship for the first time but came up short against longtime power Bella Vista 32-27 in the final Saturday in Stockton.

The Sierra Foothill League-champion Grizzlies drew a bye in the first round and then defeated Casa Roble 55-13 in the semifinals. Johnny Cooley (145 pounds), Adam Wagner (154), Connor Guzman (171), Will Anderson (189), Kevin Blank (215) and Gavin Andrews (285) won by pin to fuel Granite Bay. Chris Gallegos (103), Ian Mook (130) and Phil Vogeley (140) won decisions, and Shane Saylor (112) registered a major decision.

Granite Bay trailed Bella Vista 11-0 before Andrew Broadland won a decision at 125.

“That’s when it got interesting,” Grizzlies coach Shane Dixon said.

Mook and Daniel Flinders each weighed in at 130 on Saturday, and Mook was dealing with a bothersome shoulder. Dixon wanted Mook to avoid Bella Vista’s state-ranked Shayne Tucker. The Broncos had to announce their wrestler first, and it was Tucker. Granite Bay sent out Flinders, who lost 7-0.

“I’m sure it was a surprise to BV (that it didn’t get a pin),” Dixon said.
Mook then won his match 9-8 at 135.

Vogeley “shocked everyone,” according to Dixon, with a pin in the first round over Sam Fowler at 140.

The Grizzlies’ deficit grew to an insurmountable 32-12, however, before Anderson and Andrews sandwiched pins around Blank’s 7-2 victory.

“We were pretty happy to be holding up the same mat,” Dixon said. “It hurt being so close as it was. It was very exciting being there, seeing how it works, seeing all the wrestling around the gym. So we hope to set a new goal to be there next year.”

Roseville emerged from a three-way tie for second in the SFL with the No. 2 seed and competed in the section team duals for the first time in 18 years, according to coach Jeremiah Miller.

The Tigers defeated Metro League champion Valley 46-24 in their first dual and then lost to Bella Vista 57-15.

Dylan Jankovich defeated Tucker 4-2 in the 135-pound match. Tucker is ranked fifth in the state at 130 pounds. Winning by pin for Roseville were Austin Finerty at 171 and Ryan Fratto at 189.

“I was extremely proud of how we wrestled against Bella Vista,” Miller said. “Everybody on the team gave a great effort.”

River Cats job fair is canceled
The Sacramento River Cats canceled a second job fair, scheduled for Saturday, after last weekend’s event brought more than 2,500 applicants to Raley Field and all 100 available seasonal positions were filled.

Résumés still can be sent to jobs@rivercats.com for those interested in future positions, according to a team news release. Call the job hotline at (916) 376-4783 for information.

The River Cats begin the season Thursday, April 7, against Tacoma at Raley Field.
For ticket information, call (916) 371-4487. Individual game tickets are available online, and the ticket office opens Saturday, March 12.