Claiborne takes second
STOCKTON — Competing at the two-day CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet at Stockton Arena, eight combined Oak Ridge and Ponderosa wrestlers placed in the top seven to advance to the state wrestling championships this weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The Trojans send five and the Bruins three.
As a team, Oak Ridge finished fifth with 100.5 points; Ponderosa was eighth with 81; El Dorado, with three grapplers, was 44th with 18.5 points; and Union Mine was 87th with four points.
Trojan Brandon Claiborne (138 pounds) was the lone county participant in Saturday’s finals. The sophomore lost to Modesto’s Emilio Saavedra, who jumped out to an early lead for the 9-3 decision.
“He had a great tournament,” said Oak Ridge head coach Casey Rhyan of Claiborne.
Behind 2-1 toward the end of the second period, Claiborne escaped to tie the match at 2-all. Saavedra’s takedown gave him the lead and he outscored Claiborne 5-1 for the win.
For the second consecutive week, Ponderosa’s Trae Providence (160) met Folsom’s Connor Watson. Providence, a senior who took third at Masters, came out on top with a 3-1 decision to improve his record to 50-7.
Oak Ridge’s Bishane Sagal (182) also took third after a 5-2 weekend. The Trojan senior had to go into double overtime to pull out a 5-4 decision over Central Valley’s Adrian Vizcaino.
In the second OT period, Sagal trailed 4-3 but recorded a takedown with five seconds left.
“The first thing that came to my mind was that in practices, we work hard,” Sagal said. “We are conditioned hard to be ready for that moment. They (coaches) are always pushing me to do it, and I want to do it for my teammates.”
Another Trojan, Ryan Redhair (145) took fourth. The junior won his first three matches before losing a 6-1 decision. Redhair then recorded a pin but lost a thrilling 4-3 decision to Granite Bay’s Matt Berry.
Bruin Colin Hustrulid (138) took fifth in the grueling tournament, winning his last match 13-4 for a major decision. Hustrulid, who defaulted his previous match, went 6-2 overall.
An intra-county match for fifth place at 170s never took place as Ponderosa’s TJ Shamblin won by injury default over Oak Ridge’s James Portilla. Both had reached the semifinals unscathed.
“He’s such a tough kid,” said Rhyan of Portilla, a senior. “To reach the semis (despite injury), he’s about as tough as they come.”
Oak Ridge’s Sherman McVay (195) finalized the list with a seventh place finish. After winning his first by forfeit, McVay lost by pin but rattled off three consecutive wins, topped with pinning Granite Bay’s Aaron Wiese in the second period.
In the heavyweight class, Ponderosa’s Nathaniel Moody won his first two before the senior lost his third match by a narrow 3-2 decision. The loss sent Moody into the seventh place match but a pin left him a win short of Bakersfield.
El Dorado’s Alex LeBaron (182) was also shy, losing a 12-0 major decision to finish eighth. LeBaron, a junior, went 4-2 with two pins.
Another who just missed the cut was Trojan Josh Ploke (106). Ploke, 4-3 on the weekend, lost his 7th/8th match 7-3.
Oak Ridge’s Corbett Ralstin (152) won his first match with a 6-4 decision, but lost his second 5-4. In consolations, Ralstin fell 9-5 to El Dorado’s Jeremiah Romero.
Romero, a senior, lost his first match Friday by pin but won his second match by a 16-1 technical fall. After defeating Ralstin, he was eliminated by a 14-7 decision.
El Dorado’s Zachary Brazell (HWT) went 3-2 in the tournament. After losing his first, the sophomore won his next two by decision and topped off his fourth with a pin 30 seconds into the first period. His season ended on a first-period fall.
Ponderosa’s Kyle Jennings (220) won his first two matches by decisions, both by the same scores of 2-1. The sophomore lost by a 16-0 technical fall and was eliminated by a 4-1 decision.
The Trojans’ Patrick Irwin (220) lost his first match by a 4-3 decision, but won his next one by an 11-0 major decision. He was eliminated in his third match by a 3-1 decision.
Union Mine’s lone representative, senior Hunter Cannon (170), won his first match by forfeit but lost his second match by pin and his third by a 9-4 decision.
Bruins who went 1-2 were Zach Miller (113), Pre Deitchman (120), Elan Tubbs (152) and Joe DelValle (195). Ponderosa’s Austin Ward (106) went 0-2.