Three Trojan wrestlers headed to state championships
STOCKTON — Oak Ridge’s Keaton Subjeck (172) reached the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Wrestling Tournament finals but lost a 10-0 major decision to Oakmont’s Peter Santos. Santos’ first takedown set the tone in their second match of the season, having met earlier at the Tim Brown Memorial in Sacramento.
To reach the finals at the Stockton Arena, Subjeck pinned Escalon’s Jonathon Costa in 1:24 in the semifinals. Previously, Subjeck pinned Modesto’s Cody Hall, 1:49; followed by taking down Tokay’s Jakob Schallberger at 1:12 and posted a 21-3 technical fall over Amador’s Zach Wilsey.
Subjeck’s success earned him a trip to Bakersfield to compete at the CIF State Wrestling Tournament at Rabobank Arena, joining five other El Dorado County high school grapplers who also qualified: Ponderosa’s Nick Troquato (182), Trey Providence (152) and Jeff Camilli (285), who each took third; along with Oak Ridge brothers Zach (182) and Brandon (138) Clairborne, who advance as sixth and seventh place finishers, respectively.
Zach Clairborne went 3-0 on Friday but came back Saturday and lost to Gregori’s Latrell Benjamin Banks by major decision, 10-2. Competing for fifth place, Zach forfeited his match to Monterey Trail’s Marion Ward because of a shoulder injury that won’t prevent him from competing at the state meet.
Brandon Clairborne, only a freshman, posted a 17-0 technical fall over Woodland’s Eric Richards to finish the tourney with a 4-2 record. Brandon recorded a pin, technical fall to start Friday, but lost by decision in his third match.
Ponderosa’s Tyler Shamblin (145) won his first two but fropped the next two. Bruin Colin Hustrulid (132) went 1-2 at the Masters.
Two county grapplers faced off in the consolation brackets Friday. Oak Ridge’s Sherman McVey (220) posted a 6-4 win that eliminated Ponderosa Henry Sharoyan. McVey was eliminated in the next round.
Oak Ridge’s Ali Atebar (160) posted a 2-2 record on Friday. Trojans Josh Pluke (106) and Ryan Redhair (132) joined Golden Sierra’s Brian Agee (160) and Ponderosa’s Kyle Jennings (195) with 1-2 records.
Oak Ridge grapplers who lost their first two matches on Friday at the double-elimination tourney were Kevan Cryan (152) and Bishane Segal (195).
As a team, Ponderosa finished in seventh place with 86 points and Oak Ridge was 10th with 71 points.