Loder, Jones still seek third-place finish

Two locals among 12 remaining wrestlers at 189 pounds
By: Staff Report
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Following losses in their third-round matches, Granite Bay’s Ryan Loder and Woodcreek’s Garrett Jones have both moved with four wins of a third-place finish at the state wrestling competition in Bakersfield. After moving to the third round easily, Loder lost a match for the first time this season, ending his hopes of a state title. Loder dropped a 6-5 decision to Nikolai Crouch from Santa Fe High to drop to the consolation bracket, where his best result would be a third-place finish. The No. 2-ranked 189-pound wrestler in the state, Loder pinned his first two opponents, Shane Ellis of Frontier and Justin Baffico of Freedom High School before running into Crouch. The senior was back on his game with a 7-2 win over Zach Mills of Live Oak followed by a technical fall win over Brian Orr of Ramona. Jones pinned Sam Berry of Lowell High School in his first match, before losing 4-2 to Rodolfo Juarez of Central High in the third round. Jones is also in the 189-pound weight class, where he came back strong to pin Colt Little of Anderson and then take a 2-1 decision over James Chandless of Marysville. Loder and Jones are among 12 wrestlers remaining in the competition at 189 pounds, where four unbeaten athletes are still vying for the title. One of the local grapplers would need to win four more matches to claim the third-place spot. Roseville sophomore Dylan Jankovich was knocked out of the running at 119 pounds in Friday’s wrestling. Jankovich won a 9-0 decision over Kyle Clagg of Shasta in his opening match at today’s championships, and then picked up a bye in the second round at 119 pounds. He was beaten 11-2 by Bobby Morales, and then lost a 2-1 decision to Zach Waldren of Granada. Follow the results of the remaining duo, updated periodically here at during the day Saturday. The tournament runs through Saturday night in Bakersfield.