Woodcreek wrestler Gomez is outstanding at Manges Invite

Timberwolves captain wins his weight class, lightweight award
By: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Woodcreek High School junior James Gomez won five matches to capture the 126-pound championship and earn the Outstanding Wrestler award among lightweights at the annual Marty Manges Invite on Dec. 15 at Casa Roble in Orangevale.

The Timberwolves’ team captain opened with a decision over Elijah Cunningham of Rocklin and followed with a major decision over Noah Honeycutt of Roseville, a pin over Connor VanLiew of Del Oro and a technical fall over Xavier Liongson of Oak Ridge to advance to the final, where he pinned Chase Agrella of Liberty Ranch.

Gomez was the only individual champion among Roseville-Granite Bay wrestlers. Woodcreek 113-pounder Angelo Uribe, Roseville 120-pounder Logan Ash, Roseville 138-pounder Jon Maroon and Oakmont 220-pounder Zach Sidhu were runners-up.

Uribe scored two falls and a decision before dropping a decision to Clay Shropshire of Del Oro in the final. Ash registered two decisions, the second over Rustin Blas of Woodcreek in the semifinals, but lost to James Engelbrecht of Del Oro on a technical fall in the final.

Maroon and Sidhu each had two falls and a decision on their way to the finals, where Maroon was pinned by Ray Biaz of Casa Roble and Sidhu dropped a decision to Jordon Sepeda of Natomas.

Also for Woodcreek, Blas placed fifth, Connor Vargas was sixth at 220, and Cameron Young was eighth at 132. Blas is a freshman, and Vargas is a first-year wrestler.

“It was a good measurement for us,” Timberwolves coach Doug Mason said. “We need to see just where we are against some local talent.”

Oakmont 145-pounder Kaleio Romero went 4-1 and placed fourth. Finishing fifth for the Vikings were Tommy Krebs (106) and Joshua Vega (113), and Michael Allard was sixth (132).

Roseville’s Austin Ash won three of four matches and placed fourth at 170, and Austin Dirks was eighth at 152.