Grizzlies continue to claw: Third at 72-school Big Valley Classic

Roseville’s Jankovich places second, gains acceptance to West Point
By: Staff reports
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It was a big weekend at the Big Valley Classic for Granite Bay High School’s wrestling team. The Grizzlies finished third out of 72 schools at Stockton Arena.

Roseville’s Dylan Jankovich had a big weekend, too. He finished second in the 135-pound division Saturday, and Sunday, on his 18th birthday, Jankovich discovered he was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, according to Tigers coach Rick Randolph.

Jankovich had a bye, then won by technical fall (17-0), major decision (10-1) and pin (at 1 minute, 56 seconds) before defeating state-ranked Nick Ghannam of Fairfield-Rodriguez 5-1 in the semifinals. Jankovich lost to Cody Tow of Union Mine 7-4 in the final. Jankovich led 3-2 after two rounds.

Jankovich raised his record to 25-2 this season and is ranked 17th in the state at 140 pounds. The Big Valley Classic was his first competition at 130 this season.

Tow, who has placed at the State Meet three times, is 16-0 this season and ranked second in the state at 130.

“The match was a lot closer than the score looks,” Roseville coach Jeremiah Miller said. “D.J. pushed it in the third round, took some shots and got taken down.”

Granite Bay qualified eight of its 13 wrestlers for the second day of competition: Chris Gallegos (103), Andrew Broadland (125), Ian Mook (130), Phil Vogeley (140), Johnny Cooley (145), Adam Wagner (152), Adam Godbey (160) and William Anderson (189). Wagner and Anderson made it to the finals.

Wagner recorded two pins – one over Logan Palmer of Roseville – and two major decisions among his seven matches. He also won twice by decision and lost 2-0 in the final. The only points came on a stalling call in the second period and an escape in the third, when Wagner was trying for a takedown.

Anderson registered pins in his first two matches, both in the third round, a second-round pin and a decision en route to the final, where he lost to Dominic Williams of Tracy-West 7-1. Anderson put Williams on his back with an arm bar but couldn’t finish the pin.

Cooley finished fourth and Mook fifth. Cooley’s day included a 12-10 overtime victory. Broadland injured an arm on his way to the quarterfinals and had to default to a Nevada Union wrestler he defeated in a Sierra Foothill League dual meet last Wednesday.

Roseville freshman 112-pounder Jon Maroon won by major decision, pin and decision before falling in the quarterfinals to ninth-ranked Arnulfo Olea of Exeter 17-2. Miller noticed that Maroon watched the finalists warm up before their matches.

“The desire to be with those elite wrestlers is there,” Miller said. “He wants to get better.”

Also for Roseville, Vince Clark (140) and Austin Finerty (171) went 3-2, Dyllan Runner (119) and Brandon Fratto (125) were 2-2, and Matt Conley (130), Palmer (152), Austin Ash (160) and Ryan Fratto (189) were 1-2.

JV wrestling
Another title for Roseville freshman
– Noah Honeycutt of Roseville won the 112-pound division at the Vista del Lago tournament Saturday in Folsom. It was Honeycutt’s second tournament championship this season.

Roseville wrestlers finishing second were Brandon Wyatt at 135 and Emiliano Perez at 145. Ismael Hernandez (125) and Elijah Keaton (135) finished third, and Greg Jerguson (125) and Christian Gonzalez (152) were fifth.

Alumni night at Roseville
Roseville wrestlers of the past will be honored tonight when the Tigers play host to Granite Bay in an SFL dual meet. Scheduled to perform are the Roseville dance and cheer teams and the marching band. The JV dual begins at 6 p.m. and the varsity at 7.