Oakmont’s Elliott, Santos place second at Brown Memorial

Loss is first this season for Elliott; Granite Bay has three placers
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Oakmont High School wrestlers Jake Elliott and Peter Santos were runners-up in the 152- and 160-pound classes at the Tim Brown Memorial last weekend at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

Elliott, the state champion at 145 pounds last season, sustained his first loss this season in the championship match. Austin Branum of Del Oro scored a reversal in the final seconds to decision Elliott 4-3.

Elliott, who has missed mat time this season because of an injury, pinned Angel Guerrero of Stockton-McNair, defeated Johnathon Costa of Escalon 8-6 in the round of 16 and beat Jacob Holley of Lodi 8-4 in the quarterfinals. Holley’s only two losses this season have been to Elliott, who then gave up four points in the last 15 seconds but held on to edge Isaias Diaz of Folsom 8-7 in the semifinals. Holley went on to finish third.

Santos advanced to the semifinals at 160 “pretty handily,” according to Oakmont coach Dave Wells. Santos, who was seeded fifth, had a bye in the first round and then pinned Nolan Kannell of Calaveras.

Santos beat eventual fourth-place finisher Devon Nooner of Folsom 4-2 in a competitive match in the round of 16 and topped Chris Matis of Casa Roble 8-3 in the quarterfinals.

Santos moved into the final when top-seeded James Wilson of McNair, a two-time state placer, went for an arm throw and sustained a possible concussion when he hit his head.

Santos was thrown onto his back early in the final against Keaton Subjeck of Oak Ridge but battled back in a 7-5 loss. Subjeck placed eighth in the state last year at 145 and now is ranked fifth in the state at 160.

“I was impressed he was that close with Subjeck,” Wells said of Santos. “He did a good job. He had to fight from behind after getting thrown on his back early, but Keaton was pretty much walking through the tournament.”

Granite Bay had three medalists: Connor Guzman in fourth place at 182, Adam Wagner in fifth at 152 and Sean Brown in sixth at 126. Grizzlies coach Robert Cooley said it was the highest placing in a tournament for Guzman, a senior who wasn’t seeded.

“That was exceptionally well,” Cooley said. “He’s been working hard, training hard. He wants to go through his senior year getting out what he’s putting into it.”

Wagner recorded two pins and a 4-0 decision before losing to Branum 4-0. Wagner defeated Dominic Merlo of Healdsburg 10-2 for fifth.

Brown moved into the semis with a pin, an 11-2 decision, another pin and a 7-2 decision before being pinned in the semis. He lost 7-2 in the fifth-place match.

“All in all, we took seven guys back the second day,” said Cooley, whose Grizzlies wrestle at Del Oro tonight for first place in the Sierra Foothill League. “Couple pains and bruises, but hopefully, we can get those taken care of and get everyone back on the mat.”

Woodcreek sophomore 106-pounder James Gomez won by 11-0 and 10-0 major decisions but lost in the quarters to eventual champ Miguel Martinez of Madera 7-4.

Timberwolves coach Doug Mason said Gomez had two other “very impressive victories.” He came back from a 10-point deficit to score eight points before pinning one opponent and then came from five down to win, both in the third period.

Gomez placed fifth, and teammates Cameron Young (113), Austin Mason (138), Kyle Morris (152) and freshman Dominic Balmer (285) made it to the second day. Balmer had two overtime wins against much heavier opponents. All had records of 3-2 or better.

Roseville had six wrestlers in action on the second day: Jon Maroon (132), Matt Conley (145), Anthony Keefe (152), Austin Ash (160), Austin Finerty (170) and Ryan Fratto (220).