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Tigers wrestle up, top Rocklin in SFL opener

Granite Bay wins at Nevada Union; Oakmont takes down Christian Brothers
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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A day that had Roseville High School wrestling coach Jeremiah Miller nervous going into the Tigers’ Sierra Foothill League opener with Rocklin ended up being the type of night “coach lives for.”

Roseville had seven wrestlers — half of its lineup — competing in a higher weight class, but the Tigers responded and defeated the visiting Thunder 48-36 on Wednesday night at Moeller Gym.

Brandon Fratto, up from his normal 126 pounds to wrestle at 132, scored a near fall at the end of the first period on his way to a technical fall. Austin Ash made weight at his regular 160 and won his match 7-2 at 170. Austin Finerty moved up from 170 to 182 and rolled to a 15-1 major decision. And Ryan Fratto, normally the Tigers’ 220-pounder, won the heavyweight match with a resounding pin at 32 seconds.

“The kids wrestled awesome. Everybody wrestled well,” Miller said. “Everybody had energy, and it was just a really cool thing to see.”

Miller’s praise included those who lost their matches. Brandon Wyatt, Roseville’s backup at 145, filled in at 152, Anthony Keefe wrestled at 145, and Clayton Strawn moved up from 152 to 160.

Also for Roseville, Robert Ferry recorded a pin with nine-tenths of a second left in the first round at 120, and Matt Conley pinned his foe in 53 seconds at 138.

Granite Bay 60, Nevada Union 19 — The Grizzlies won eight matches via pin to take down the host Miners in their SFL dual meet.

Dane Mortensen, Sean Brown, Shane Saylor, Matt Berry, Adam Wagner, David Miller, Connor Guzman and Kevin Blank all won by pin.

Del Oro 54, Woodcreek 15 — The visiting Timberwolves recorded three wins in their SFL loss to the Golden Eagles.

James Gomez defeated Jansen Englebrect on a 15-0 technical fall at 113, Austin Mason had two near falls in the second period of his 10-1 major decision over Johnny Zieour at 138, and Kyle Morris beat Patrick Neu with a takedown in overtime in the 152-pound match.

Oakmont 54, Christian Brothers 32 — Junior Zach Sidhu scored a 10-2 major decision over Alex Wagstaff in the 220-pound match, highlighting the host Vikings’ victory over the Falcons in a Capital Valley Conference opener.

It was a rematch of last season’s CVC tournament final at 215 pounds, a 13-4 major decision for Sidhu.