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Widmer wins 170-pound title, Sierra takes 3rd
WRESTLING - Stagg Tourney PIC 2 for 1-6
East Unions Daman Cabanas locks up with Franklins Luis Alvarado during Saturdays Demolition Day Tournament at Stagg High in Stockton. - photo by JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS/The Bulletin

STOCKTON – Sierra High’s senior team captain Lucas Widmer had an impressive run during Saturday’s Demolition Day Tournament at Stagg High.

Widmer cruised to the 170-pound championship and didn’t give up a single point in the meanwhile as the Timberwolves finished a third place.

“He just rolled right through the tournament,” Sierra head coach Alex Nuanez said. “(Widmer) was hands down the MVP of the tournament.”

Widmer, the only area wrestler listed on the Sac-Joaquin Section rankings as an honorable mention, was literally crowned MVP after ending all of his matches with a pin and one technical fall.

Russell Marquez won the 138-pound championship in what was an all-Sierra final.

Marquez bumped heads with teammate Billy Fishburn, who got pinned at the 1:23 mark of the first round after Marquez caught him in a banana split for the title.

Sierra’s freshman Branden Rullan (106s) took second after getting pinned during the championship’s opening round. Rullan went 4-1 and has two seconds and a third-place finish in three varsity tourneys thus far this season.

“(Rullan) had three pin falls going into the championship match,” Nuanez said. “And then he got pinned in 1:07. He made a mistake, but the kid was a senior and lot stronger than he was weighing in at 92. He was giving up 12 or 13 pounds, but he has a lot of heart and works very hard.”

The T’Wolves open up Valley Oak League competition on Wednesday at Oakdale against the Mustangs and East Union, who had two placers at the D-Day Tournament as well. Nate Andrade of the Lancers took third at 220 and Michael Villanueva (285s) fourth.

Sierra’s Alex Loaiza went 2-1 and took second at 126s after losing 5-1 in the final. Simon Marquez (132s) and Julian Semenza (195s) placed second for the T’Wolves as well.

Mat Classic Tournament

Weston Ranch took six varsity wrestlers to Livermore and two of them placed. Cody Simerly took third and went 4-1 in the 220-pound division. Brendan Curtwright (126s) went 3-2 and finished fourth.


Sierra crowned two champions at the lower levels, including Kashary Nguyen (132s), who was named the tournament’s MVP. Anthony Salgado (113s) took first for the T’Wolves as well.

Sean Murray (182s) and Connor Melton (220s) took second, while Ashley Elliott, the sixth ranked girl wrestler in the Sac-Joaquin Section, took fourth for 106s. Anthony Ochoa settled for silver at 160s, while Andrew Guevera placed second for 170s.

Thomas Swanson finished fourth for the heavyweight division as Sierra took second in the overall team standings. East Union’s Arturo Ochoa was the runner-up at 285s.


Pittsburgh Tournament

Weston Ranch’s Alyssa Cantu went 4-0 and won the 189-pound title after knocking off the state’s No. 2 ranked wrestler in Danielle Pubill of Sacred Heart. Mia Hill (111s) took second for the Cougars after going 4-1. Trenisha Encalade (160s) and Tayler Mar (111s) both took fourth place in their brackets.

Escalon Tournament

Lathrop’s Jasmine Ivey competed with the junior varsity boys and took fourth place in the 145 division at the Mel Socha Tournament. Arianna Terry (152s) took third place.

For the junior varsity boys, Alejandro Tovar took fourth and Ian Chavez second at 170s. Tyler Kerlegan (195) took third and Alejandro Torres was second for the 170s B bracket. Brian Solgar finished fourth place for heavyweights.