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Granite Bay, Roseville, Oakmont wrestle at Big Valley

Loder named outstanding wrestler for heavier weight classes
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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The wrestlers from Roseville, Granite Bay and Oakmont spent Friday and Saturday in Stockton at the 57-team Big Valley Classic wrestling tournament. Matched with some of the most impressive wrestling programs in the region, Granite Bay managed a 13th-place finish, while Roseville took 28th position and Oakmont 38th. The Granite Bay effort was spearheaded by Ryan Loder, the Grizzlies’ All-American wrestler, who dominated the 191-pound division. The senior was 5-0 in his bouts at the event and decisioned Brandon Gebhardt of Reed, Nev., the Nevada state champion, 5-0 in the final. Loder was selected the outstanding wrestler from the seven heavier weight classes at the tourney. Roseville’s best performances of the weekend were turned in by Kris McFate, who finished fourth at 147 pounds and Dylan Jankovich, who came in seventh at 121. McFate won four matches by pin and turned in a 4-2 overall record, losing 4-1 to Ricky McDonald of Bishop Manogue in the third-place match. Jankovich was also 4-2 for the weekend, and won a 4-3 decision over Tim Souza of Douglas County to win the seventh-place contest. “Day one went very well for us,” Roseville coach Tom Gonzalez said. “I didn’t take a full team to Stockton, but the boys seemed very pumped up to be there and wrestled very well. We had three kids in the quarterfinals and still had 6-10 guys in it. Day two was a total different story.” “We lost focus somewhere and didn’t wrestle real well,” he added. “As all wrestling coaches say, ‘better to make these kinds of mistakes here instead of at Masters.’ We'll iron it out and get back on track this week.” Oakmont freshman Jake Elliott was 4-2 in the tourney and finished fourth at 127 pounds.