Woodcreek sends six to finals at No Guts, No Glory wrestling tourney
Antelope finished second and Woodcreek third in the No Guts, No Glory wrestling tournament last weekend at Natomas High School.
Oakmont, behind another dominant performance by senior Peter Santos, tied for seventh place, Granite Bay was 11th in the 27-team event, and the four Roseville Joint Union High School District teams combined for six individual weight championships and 20 medals.
Dakota Fierro, Avery Ward and Brandon Matu won the 126-, 132- and 138-pound divisions for Antelope, which had 145.5 points. That was 2.5 points better than Woodcreek, which sent just eight grapplers.
Six Timberwolves went to the finals. Freshman Jordan Jensen won the 106-pound championship, and freshman Angelo Uribe (113), Cameron Young (138), Andrew Zumaran (182), Connor Vargas (220) and Dominic Balmer (285) were second.
Several wrestlers stayed home, including junior James Gomez, still battling a bout of flu and already at 20 matches this season. Gomez (17-3) is ranked 14th in the state at 120 pounds, according to The California Wrestler.
“We don’t mind making a little bit of noise with a small team,” Timberwolves coach Doug Mason said. “We were happy with where we ended up. The guys we had (in the finals) all lost to ranked guys.”
Mason said Young is “starting to find his groove.” Young has moved up a whopping 25 pounds in weight and leapfrogged three divisions over last season, but he registered three pins and a decision en route to the 138-pound final against Matu.
Vargas, a senior who’s wrestling for the first time, scored two falls and a decision to advance to the final at 220, and Balmer, a sophomore, is 30 pounds heavier this season.
“A lot of it is muscle,” Mason said of Balmer, who lost in the final to Sam Alnassiri of team-champion Sheldon (161.5 points).
Santos, ranked second in the state at 170 pounds, pinned Josh Sigler of Antelope and Rafael Pantoja of Natomas and scored a technical fall over Kendahl Richmond of Monterey Trail in the final to collect the Outstanding Wrestler honor.
Oakmont 113-pounder Marcus Abundis lost in the semifinals to eventual champ Arist Lor of Sheldon and came back to win two decisions to finish third.
Matt Berry led the Granite Bay contingent by claiming the title at 152 pounds. Berry recorded two pins and a major decision en route to the final, where he won by default.