Woodcreek’s mighty Quinn rules NorCal; Oakmont’s Elliott takes down state champ

By: Staff reports
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Woodcreek High School senior Quinn Walker earned the Outstanding Lightweight Wrestler award in winning the 125-pound division at the NorCal Championships last weekend in Anderson.

Seeded fifth, Walker defeated the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds in the semifinals and championship match in raising his season record to 22-3. He recorded two pins and a second-round technical fall.

“He has had talent all four years. This year, he has increased his skill set and gained much strength in the mental aspect of the sport,” Timberwolves coach Doug Mason said. “I think being a senior has caused him to focus more this year than in the past. That focus has put him at the high level he is now. He is much more disciplined than before in an overall aspect.

“He has put up a good argument to be ranked No. 1 in our section and a spot in the state rankings as well.”

Mason said Walker recently earned a 4.0 grade-point average taking English 12, military history and advanced placement environmental science while being a teacher intern assisting with tutoring.

Five of Woodcreek’s 10 wrestlers placed, and the Timberwolves finished 10th. Sophomore Peter Santos was fourth at 135 pounds, freshman Jimmy Gomez (103) and senior Angelo Ciaraglia (140) were fifth, and junior Austin Mason (130) took seventh.

Oakmont’s Elliott tops state champ – Jake Elliott of Oakmont used a six-match winning streak to finish third in the 145-pound division at the Doc Buchanan Tournament last weekend in Clovis.

Elliott defeated three top-10 wrestlers at the invitation-only tournament: two-time State Meet placer Damien Arredondo of Buchanan, Jesse Balzado of Liberty and defending state champion David Ferry of Oakdale.

Oakmont coach Dave Wells said Elliott’s match with Ferry was tied with about 15 seconds left, and Elliott scored a takedown about two seconds before the buzzer.

“To knock off three top-10 people in one day, he pretty much should be high in the rankings,” Wells said. “He was pretty excited.”