Granite Bay wrestling is runner-up in Grizzly Duals
Host Granite Bay High School advanced to the final, and Oakmont’s Peter Santos scored pin after pin to highlight the 15th annual Mike Lynch Grizzly Duals wrestling tournament Saturday.
Santos, the reigning Sac-Joaquin Section Masters champion at 170 pounds and a fifth-place medalist at the 2012 CIF State Championships, pinned opponents from Del Oro, Antelope and Rio Linda in 23, 26 and 39 seconds in the rotational meet. He pinned a foe from Hiram Johnson in 4:55 and defeated Austin Ash of Roseville on a technical fall.
Oakmont 220-pounder Zach Sidhu also was undefeated. He had a pin, major decision and decision and won two matches by forfeit.
Also going unbeaten was Roseville 120-pounder Logan Ash, who scored three pins, a decision and a forfeit.
Granite Bay rotated several wrestlers in various weights while beating Hiram Johnson 65-9, Rio Linda 54-23, Cosumnes Oaks 42-33 and Del Oro 40-24 before losing to Antelope 40-36 in the championship match.
“It was just a great experience to get some mat time,” said Grizzlies assistant coach Shane Dixon, who served as tournament director. “We have new guys coming out and other young guys. Hopefully, we can gel before our dual with Woodcreek on (Jan. 3 in a Sierra Foothill League opener).”
The Grizzlies received several impressive performances. Junior Matt Berry went 5-0. He registered three pins at 160 pounds, a pin at 152 and a forfeit. Pat Northam (138), Alex Cooney (145), David Kovalchuk and Mitchell Morse each won four matches.
Northam had two pins and two decisions. Cooney had two pins and two major decisions. Kovalchuk won via technical fall at 160 and by pin, decision and forfeit at 170. And Morse, a sophomore, recorded two pins and a decision at 182 and a forfeit win at 170.
For Roseville, Austin Ash and sophomore Josh Settlage each went 4-1 with Settlage splitting mat time at 138 and 145 pounds. Junior Elijah Keaton went 3-1 at 152, and freshman Brayden Leach was 3-2, all wins coming via fall, at 132.
Cosumnes Oaks defeated Del Oro for third place.
Woodcreek is eighth at Bronzan Invite
Led again by junior James Gomez, Woodcreek came away from the Lou Bronzan Invitational with five medalists and an eighth-place finish in the 43-team tournament in Brentwood.
Gomez overwhelmed five opponents and lost once in finishing third at 127 pounds. The junior pinned his first three opponents in 1:30, 1:27 and 1:35 before losing to Logan Fore of Windsor 11-1 in the semifinals. Gomez won his next two matches with another pin at 51 seconds and a 16-1 technical fall.
Woodcreek senior Connor Vargas had two pins and two decisions and placed fourth at 221.
Freshmen Matthew Miller (133) and Jordan Jensen (107) each placed fifth. Miller won three matches by major decision, one by pin and one by decision and lost twice. Jensen won three times by decision and once by major decision while losing twice.
Freshman Angelo Uribe used four decisions and a pin, mixed in with two losses, to finish sixth at 114.