Friday Jan 22 2010
Tim Brown Memorial brings together wrestling's best
By: Staff Report
Dozens of top high school wrestling teams converged on Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Friday for one of the area’s most prestigious events. Roseville, Granite Bay, Woodcreek and Oakmont are all among the teams competing in the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament. The tournament, formerly the Foothill Invitational, now bears the name of U.S. Marine Corp Lance Corporal Timothy W. Brown of Foothill Farms. Brown was killed in the Al Anbar province of Iraq in 2006 when a roadside bomb exploded near the Humvee he was driving. This will be a big opportunity for wrestlers like Roseville’s Dylan Jankovich to see where they are in relation to the top wrestlers in the state. Jankovich is the lone wrestler in town who was at the state finals a year ago, and he is hoping to get back to that level this season. “It is a huge tournament with folks coming from all over the state and some folks from out of state,” said Granite Bay coach Mike Lynch in discussing last year’s Brown Memorial. “The value to our kids is that it is such a large tournament with so many levels of competition represented that our kids have a chance to compete and gain valuable experience. It is also valuable for them to attend such a tournament so that they are less stressed when they begin attending the CIF State Meet qualifying tournaments in February.” Preliminary rounds took place all day Friday, and the bouts begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and will continue until late into the night at Memorial Auditorium. Cost for one day is $9 for adults and $5 for students. See rosevillept.com or placersports.com for stories and results.