ELK GROVE — It was a near 100-percent success rate for Ponderosa and Oak Ridge wrestlers this weekend at the two-day Divisional Sac-Joaquin Division 1 North meet hosted by Franklin High.
At stake was advancement to the Masters Meet starting Friday at the Stockton Arena. Of the 24 Bruins and Trojans competing, 22 move on, including all 14 from Ponderosa. The top eight from each weight class qualified.
The Bruins fielded seven finalists and had one champion, Erik Greybill at 114 pounds, while Sean Melton (132), Walker Ditrich ((137), Chip Hendricks (147), Nick Troquato (154), Devon Nooner (162) and Allen Emmons (173) were runners-up after setbacks on the center mat.
“We’re very excited about how we did. All 14 kids qualified, which was our team goal,” Ponderosa coach Tyson Escobar said. “The kids wrestled over their heads this weekend and we’re peaking at the right time. I’m very satisfied with our results.”
Greybill wrestled the third match of the championship round and had little trouble with Elk Grove’s Danny Inong, winning comfortably 9-1.
“I felt stronger and in shape. I hadn’t wrestled him before but I’ve beat kids he’s lost to,” Greybill said. “I wrestled smart to not get thrown on my back.”
Other Bruins headed to Stockton are: Alex Greybill (121) third), Tim Ditrich (127) third, Jeff Camilli (217) third, Riley Nooner (277) third, Daniel Gorans (105) fifth, Jordan Marinelli (191) sixth and TJ Spangler (142) seventh.
Oak Ridge was a perfect two-for-two in the finals with Keaton Subjeck (147) and Vince Waldhauser (162) both winning big. Both were also involved in the only two county head-to-head championship matches: Subjeck shut out Hendricks 13-0 and Waldhauser earned a 15-0 technical fall over Devon Nooner. Waldhauser tried for a quick pin but Nooner held him off.
“He’s (Devon) young and strong but I controlled the whole time,” said Waldhauser who was nearly reversed several times. “I tried an early pinning combination I’ve never done before and he fought hard.”
Trojans Alex Diaz (154), Zach Claiborne (173) and Preston Dean (191) all won their final matches to take third; Cameron Miller (142) finished fourth; Taylor Ellerman (142) won his fifth-place match; and Xavier Lopez (217) finished sixth.
“I’m very proud of the team’s performance in this tournament,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “We won five matches in the final minute — it came down to the end and we won. The kids showed a lot of heart, are peaking at the right time and I’m happy about that.”
Team-wise, Ponderosa came in second place with 238 points and Oak Ridge, with 146.5 points, was fifth out of 18 programs.
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