Oakmont wrestling falls to Casa Roble, saves up for Tim Brown Memorial

Woodcreek, Granite Bay bounce back with dual meet wins in SFL
By: Robbie Enos
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Oakmont High School’s wrestling team decided to take a hit against Casa Roble in Wednesday night’s Capital Valley Conference dual meet, sitting most of its varsity lineup in preparation for the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament this weekend in Sacramento.

The visiting Rams won 48-21, thanks to six Oakmont forfeits. The list of absentees included national No. 12 Peter Santos, who missed the 170-pound match. Casa Roble won four of the six matches that were decided on the mats.

“They just need more time,” Oakmont coach Justin Castrillo said of his younger wrestlers who faced Casa. “It’s tough when you’re a first- or second-year wrestler. Wrestling is just not one of those sports that you come into and you’re great at right away. It takes time and work.”

Oakmont’s wins came at 113 and 132 pounds. Marcus Abundis pinned his opponent in the first round at 113.

“He came out and really wrestled,” Castrillo said. “He came out very aggressive and did what he was told. That was get on the guy’s face and attack.”

Brandon Medina, not a regular in the Vikings’ varsity lineup, dominated his opponent with a 12-5 decision at 132. Medina was sharp on foot and proved to be a takedown machine.

“Those were the two that I expected to win,” Castrillo said. “(Medina) is just a workhorse. That kid goes 100 miles per hour all the time. I knew that if we were facing another kid at his level, he was just going to outwork him.”

The annual Tim Brown Memorial is Friday and Saturday at the Convention Center in downtown Sacramento. A couple of Oakmont wrestlers were nursing the flu, while others were nursing injuries. Castrillo was confident the Vikings would be at full strength.”

“It’s a big, big tournament,” Castrillo said. “One of the best.”

Woodcreek 45, Nevada Union 27 — The Timberwolves (2-1 Sierra Foothill League) scored four consecutive pins in the lightweight classes and went on to hand the visiting Miners (2-1) their first league loss.

Junior James Gomez began the streak with a fall at 126 pounds, and Matt Miller (132), Cameron Young (138) and Michael Contini (145) followed with pins. Freshman Jordan Jensen (106) and Andrew Zumaran (182) also won via fall for Woodcreek.

Anthony Luke (170) earned a major decision, and Mitchell Houston (195) and Dominic Balmer (285) won by decision.

Woodcreek won the JV match 60-12.

Granite Bay 46, Rocklin 31 — Aaron Weise and Keaton Donald scored pins, and the visiting Grizzlies (1-2) picked up 30 points with five forfeits to beat the Thunder (1-2).

Weise (195 pounds) pinned his opponent in 39 seconds, and Donald (106) pinned his foe in the third round. Mitch Morse (170) won by major decision for Granite Bay.

Granite Bay won all three JV matches. Kenan Howard (138) stuck his opponent in 14 seconds, Carlton Modin (152) won by pin at 1:26, and Jeremy Norris (170) scored a major decision.