Six wrestling champs, and plenty of section qualifiers from Roseville schools
Del Oro dominated the Sierra Foothill League meet Saturday, but host Woodcreek, Granite Bay and Roseville combined to qualify 26 wrestlers for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I-AA Tournament that starts today at Vintage High School in Napa.
The Timberwolves had 10 qualifiers, including SFL champions Mitchell Houston and Dominic Balmer. Houston, a freshman, won the 195-pound title with a 9-7 decision over Granite Bay sophomore Aaron Weise. Balmer, a sophomore, stunned accomplished Rocklin senior Sam Woods in the final at 285.
“We are very excited about (Houston),” Woodcreek coach Doug Mason said in an e-mail. “He is a freshman and is an SFL champion at a heavy weight that is mostly dominated by juniors and seniors.”
Woodcreek junior James Gomez, ranked 25th in the state at 120 by www.thecaliforniawrestler.com, dropped a 19-7 major decision in the final to Del Oro’s Zach Ruybal, who was named the meet’s Outstanding Wrestler.
“He realizes this is a month-long process,” Mason said of Gomez, an SFL champion last season. “He will be back.”
Runners-up for Woodcreek were freshman Jordan Jensen (106), junior Michael Contini (145), junior Andrew Zumaran (182) and senior Connor Vargas (220). Placing third were freshman Angelo Uribe (113), sophomore Cameron Young (132) and junior Anthony Luck (170).
Granite Bay qualified 10 of the 11 wrestlers it entered in the tournament, and the 11th will attend the Division I-AA meet as an alternate.
Senior Sean Brown was the Grizzlies’ only champion. He won a decision over Jansen Englebrecht of Del Oro in the 126-pound final. Brown is ranked 11th in the state.
Junior Matt Berry (152) and senior Mitch Morse (170) placed second for the Grizzlies, and assistant coach Shane Dixon said both “had their opponents on their backs.”
Granite Bay junior Jack Dotson placed third at 145. Placing fourth were senior Patrick Northam (132), juniors Keaton Donald (106) and Alex Cooney (138), sophomore Dane Mortensen (120) and freshman Matt Ontiveros (113).
Injured all season, it was the SFL debut for Ontiveros, and he scored victories by decision and technical fall around a loss to experienced Nevada Union senior Sawyer Mosel.
Roseville qualified six wrestlers, including junior Jon Maroon, the runner-up at 132. Finishing third were seniors Austin Dirks (138) and Austin Ash (160). Fourth-place finishers included junior Logan Runner (126), sophomore Josh Settlage (145) and freshman Graeson Leach (152).
Roseville also had two JV champions: Angelo Montano (112) and Noah Honeycutt (126).
Capital Valley Conference meet
Oakmont crowns three champs — Peter Santos (170), Kaleio Romero (145) and Josh Vega (113) won their weight classes at the Capital Valley Conference tournament at Casa Roble, and all of Oakmont’s wrestlers who competed qualified for the Division II section meet today at Del Campo.
Also advancing to the finals for Oakmont were Tommy Krebs (106) and Nathon Chambers (138), who upset the No. 1 seed from Rio Linda in the semifinals.
“Nathon Chambers was the surprise of the day for us,” Oakmont coach Justin Castrillo said. “The league meet went great for us.”
Oakmont’s Michael Allard (126), Brandon Medina (132), Colin Harrigan (152) and Kaden Davis (195) also qualified.