Oak Ridge varsity wrestlers pinned a second-place finish at the Freedom Duals in Oakley this past weekend.
The Trojans took silver behind James Logan of Union City, with 30 teams entered in the dual meet format tournament.
“This was an exceptional accomplishment considering we were missing three of our varsity starters, eight of our 13 wrestlers were first time varsity wrestlers and we forfeited heavyweights and 113s,” said head coach Casey Rhyan. “The kids have worked very hard over the summer and fall. It definitely showed in our wrestling Saturday.”
Round 1: Oak Ridge 70, Napa 13; Round 2: Oak Ridge 54, Albany 24; Round 3: Oak Ridge 72, California High 9; semifinals: Oak Ridge 48, Foothill 26; finals: Oak Ridge 26, James Logan 35
Josh Ploke (106) first place, 5-0; Brandon Claiborne (145) first place, 5-0; Ali Atebar (170) first place, 5-0; Keaton Subjeck (182) first place, 5-0; Sherman McVay (195) second place, 4-1; Ryan Redhair (132) second place, 4-1; Ryan Johnson (138) second place, 4-1; Kevan Cryan (152) second place, 4-1
Oak Ridge’s junior varsity wrestlers went to the Amador Invitational and took top finishes. First place: Patrick Irwin, Kevin Belcher andJacob Beck; second place: Eric Tikhanov, Rocco Ysmael and Curtis Meissner.
A small group of varsity grapplers also went to the Vista Invitational. Both Jake Plaskon and James Lee took sixth place in their weight classes.