State champ Elliott wins title at Zinkin Classic in Fresno
Jake Elliott of Oakmont won the 152-pound division and teammate Peter Santos placed second at 160 pound at the Zinkin Classic last weekend at Buchanan High School in Fresno.
Elliott, the reigning 145-pound state champion and ranked No. 1 at 145 by www.thecaliforniawrestler.com, started with two falls and then won by technical fall in the quarterfinals. He defeated Ray Lomas of Modesto-Central Catholic 6-1 in the semifinals and Colby Thompson of Clovis 13-3 in the final.
Santos, ranked 12th at 152 pounds, lost to Sam Hopkins of Mountain View-Saint Francis in overtime in the final. Santos won his first two matches by technical fall and then recorded a fall. He edged Kent Beecham of Morro Bay 1-0 in the quarterfinals and defeated Kyle Perrault of Clovis East 18-7 in the semifinals.
“It was great to see where we stacked up against some of the toughest competition in the state at this point of the season, and it really motivated our team,” Oakmont coach Dave Wells said.
Marty Manges Invitational — Roseville placed fourth, Woodcreek 11th and a partial Granite Bay squad was 22nd at the seventh annual Marty Manges Invitational on Saturday at Casa Roble.
The Tigers’ Brandon Fratto won three matches to advance to the title bout at 126 pounds, where he lost to Anthony Arce of Newark Memorial. Ryan Fratto went 3-1 and took third at 220 pounds, and Austin Ash (160) and Logan Ash (103) won their seventh-place bouts.
Matt Conley (138) and Vince Clark (145) each went 2-3 and Austin Finerty was 3-3 as all took sixth place. Logan Runner went 3-2 en route to an eighth-place finish at 113.
Woodcreek didn’t have the same good fortune as the Tigers, as the Timberwolves, including coach Doug Mason, were wracked with the flu all week and sent just seven bodies to the tournament with two leaving early citing illness.
Despite it, Jimmy Gomez (113) and Austin Mason (138) each placed third. Kyle Morris had to forfeit the seventh-place bout after reaching his allotment of matches due to starting with an out-bracket match.
Granite Bay boasted the fourth-place finisher at 120 in Chris Gallegos, and David Kovalchuk was sixth at 152.