ESCALON – East Union’s Joe Luna finished second and Tyler Diaz third on Saturday in the A bracket of the Lloyd C. Engel wrestling tournament at Escalon High School.
“Both lost close winnable matches,” Lancers coach A.J. Reindel said of Luna and Diaz. “We just have to keep working hard and get better.”
The second day of the tournament is seeded from the first day results. Luna (147 pounds) and Diaz (140 pounds) went undefeated on Friday and were seated in the A bracket. Those with one loss went to the B bracket, two losses C bracket, and so on.
The Lancers’ Adam Jimenez (122) won the B bracket with David Alvarado (184) and Cathan Sharp (222) finishing third; Bradley Phippen (115) and Nick Luna (134) were third in the C bracket and in the D bracket Michael Vargas (128) and Niles Lacanglacang (152) finished first with Andrew Andazula finishing fourth.
Manteca’s Armon Bayford (184) finished third in the A bracket; Fabian Mendioza (106),
Joseph Farrell (184), and Joshua Saylor (220) were all first in the C bracket with Lucas Gibson (160) finishing fourth and in the D bracket Jerry Walser (160) and Marcus Benham (170) were second.
“We had some ups and downs this weekend,” Buffaloes coach Vince Garcia said. “Fabian Mendoza got his first win of his career and finished 1st in the C bracket. Armon Bayford is continuing to show improvement and this weekend he beat some really high-level wrestlers. His third-place match went into overtime tied up 8-8 and Armon got the take down with five seconds left on the clock. He's wrestling at a very high level right now and he's starting to learn how to turn it up when he needs to.
“All in all we're happy with the wrestling we see from the guys. They’re finding more and more confidence with every win and it's starting to show when they step on the mat. More than half the team has only two months of wrestling under their belts and they all wrestled very well here.”
Demolition Day Tournament
STOCKTON – Sierra brought home three gold medals from Stagg High School.
Ronan Meade (145), Justin Walker (197) and Manuel Zavala (heavyweight) all finished first for the Timberwolves. Abhijett Hillon (154) was second and Benjamin Wheeler (147) third.
Lady Tiger Tournament
LODI – Already ranked No. 2 in the state at 160 pounds, Sierra’s Alexa Garcia jumped up to 191 and won the tournament, bumping off the second-ranked wrestler in that weight class along the way.
“Alexa Garcia has improved her record to 16-1,” Timberwolves coach Alex Nuanez said. “She is ranked second at 160 in state but has moved up in weight and beat the No. 2 state-ranked girl Rendon-Gomez from Eureka at 189.
“Alexa is starting to get into a groove right now and hopefully she can keep this going and finish with a state championship.”
Sierra’s Amelia Tupua (235) finished fourth and Ezra Moral (103) was sixth.
East Union’s Grace Lacanglacang (108) placed 6th and Mya Guyton went 2-2.
Cotter Memorial Tournament
SACRAMENTO – The Lathrop girls brought home the second-place team trophy from Hiram Johnson High School.
Sarah Atkins (140) finished first for the Spartans, Tammy Pham (111) second, Kristina Rose (143) and Jasmine Montes (109) third and Alexis Murray sixth.
Callum Gabbett (148) was third for the Lathrop boys and Moses Payne (185) finished fourth.