Granite Bay graduate Loder rolling toward another postseason with Northern Iowa
Granite Bay High School graduate Ryan Loder, already a two-time participant in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, is 26-3 this season with the University of Northern Iowa.
Loder, ranked sixth nationally in one poll and eighth in two others at 184 pounds, was named Wrestler of the Week by the Mid-American Conference after scoring a 6-1 decision over 11th-ranked Boaz Beard of Iowa State, according to www.unipanthers.com.
Loder is unbeaten in dual matches this season and is 91-20 in his career at Northern Iowa.
Loder is ranked No. 6 in the nation by Intermat and in the NCAA Coaches Poll, and he’s No. 8 by Amateur Wrestling News.
Loder has defeated seven wrestlers ranked in the Intermat top 20 at his weight: No. 7 Jimmy Sheptock of Maryland, No. 9 Jacob Swartz of Boise State, No. 12 Mike Larson of Missouri, No. 17 Casey Newburg of Kent State, No. 19 Ty Vinson of Oregon State and No. 20 Tony Dallago of Illinois.
Roseville resident to walk on at Nevada
Andrew Endicott, a senior at Jesuit High School who lives in Roseville, made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Nevada Reno.
Endicott will be a preferred walk-on in the fall. He has a roster spot but no scholarship at this point.
“This is a pretty common approach with kickers, but he’s been told he’ll be competing right away” for a job kicking extra points and field goals, his dad, Gene, wrote in an e-mail.
Endicott had 38 touchbacks in 45 kickoffs and kicked 33 extra points for the Marauders last fall. He also averaged 35.6 yards on 27 punts with eight downed inside the 20-yard line and a long of 56 yards. Endicott was named the Delta River League special teams Player of the Year.
Endicott will join Granite Bay’s Beau Hershberger at Nevada. They were all-star teammates with Roseville East Little League.
Local soccer team wins comp tourney
FC Sporting Madrid, a U16 boys competitive soccer team made up of players from Roseville, Granite Bay and other area cities, went 4-0 to win the Folsom Winter Warm Up Tournament.
It was the second championship in four tournaments for FC Sporting Madrid, which has a 9-1 record in the winter season. The team outscored four opponents by a combined 14-0. FC Sporting Madrid beat FC Elk Grove 5-0, Tiburon 5-0, Eureka 2-0 and Folsom 2-0.