Ripon’s Tristan Smith and Lathrop’s Alex Garcia both finished fourth Saturday in the two-day Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament at the Jackson Sports Complex in McClellan.
Garcia (120 pounds) went 3-0 with a technical fall and a fall Friday and was tripped up in the quarterfinals Saturday morning. Garcia then won his next three matches by decision before losing 5-2 to Jacob Gardiner of Justin Sierra in the consolation finals.
“It was a very tough tournament,” Spartans coach Vince Garcia said. “He dropped down to this weight class for the first time this year and the first cut is always hard and he wrestled extremely well.
“He beat a couple of guys that are ranked for the Masters this year. He is turning it on at the end of the season and it looks good.”
Smith (285) went 2-0 on Friday with a pair of pins and a bye before losing to the eventual champion Jacob Minshew of Casa Roble in the quarterfinals Saturday. Smith then went 3-0 with a pin and two decisions and faced Ukiah’s Nicolas Iverson for third place. The two were tied 1-1 in the third period when Iverson caught Smith for a pin.
“He did a good job,” Indians coach Glen White said. “His losses were to top-ranked kids in the state.
“I thought we could have got that last match. We were in the perfect position 1-1 going into the third period and on the bottom. We should have been able to score but you have to move a little better.”
From Sierra, Vincent Marquez (113) was one match away from a medal and David Saenz (220), Andrew Loaiza (132) and Branden Rullon (113) were two away.
“All the boys wrestled well on Friday,” Timberwolves coach Alex Nuanez said. “Marquez pinned the No. 4 seed in the third round after being down 7-0.
“Having two sophomores (Marquez and Rullan) make the second day and getting the experience of wrestling state-ranked wrestlers is priceless.”
Sonora High School
David Ketner (160) and Sean Murray (170) finished second for Sierra on Saturday.
“Murray wrestled great losing 6-5 in the finals,” Nuanez said.
Mark Careanilla (195) took third for Weston Ranch and Josue Mendoza (152) and Henry Torre (132) were both fifth.
San Rafael High School
Javier Hernadez (138) was second for Ripon with Anthony Baciocco (152) finishing fifth and Donnie Fontillas (106) seventh.
“There were some good matches and good competition,” Indians coach Darrel White said. “Hernandez upset the second seed in tournament coming from behind and pinning him in the second period.
“He almost got an upset in the finals, too.”