Area grapplers fall short at Masters

The Union Democrat Sports Department /

There will be no area high school wrestlers advancing to the State Meet later this week at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Eighteen grapplers from Bret Harte, Calaveras, Sonora and Summerville all came up short for a bid in the state tournament after this weekend's Masters Meet in Stockton.

"That just goes to show you how tough this tournament is," said Summerville head coach Jordan DePaoli. "It doesn't take away that our area isn't as strong as other areas. That's how the cards fall sometimes. When you get to this level, anything can happen. That's the reality of it. It's that tough of a tournament. It's unfortunate because we do have some good wrestlers."

Recording three wins was Sonora's Jack Trent. The 182-pound senior defeated Enochs' Chase Larson 9-3, Folsom's Nick Feigner 17-5 and Logan Sullivan 4-1 from Calaveras. He fell 8-4 to Vanden senior Brandon Dontogan and 3-0 to Bishane Sagal of Oak Ridge.

"Jack wrestled extremely well coming close to placing," said Sonora head coach Jon Abernathy. "He did really well considering his limited experience in the sport."

Winning two matches were: Justin Barnes (Bret Harte), Andrew Brennan (Summerville), Tyler Gonsalves (Calaveras), Lyford Morris (Bret Harte), Humphrey Quirie (Summerville), Bryce Sanguinetti (Sonora) and Sullivan.

Barnes, at 160 pounds, beat Elijah Dustin of Roseville by technical fall, 19-3. In his second match, he outlasted Bella Vista's Jimmy Jones by a 9-6 decision before falling to Pitman star Logan Wolfey and Woodland's Emilio Flores.

Wolfey went on to place second and Flores finished sixth.

"Justin was a guy that was ranked in state and he just didn't have his best day at this tournament," DePaoli said. "That's what happens. If you're off a little bit, these wrestlers can take advantage and there's no looking back."

Brennan, who has qualified for state in the past, knocked off Golden Valley's Jacob Perry by a 6-1 decision before losing to Enochs' Devon Sookhoo. The 126-pound senior rebounded in his third match by beating Edgar Gonzalez, of Ripon, on a 2-0 decision, but lost to Benicia freshman Fernando Lanza 9-6.

"It was a tough match," DePaoli said. "He got down early, so he had to fight his way back. He got a takedown late and we just ran out of time. Andrew didn't wrestle bad, but it just wasn't one of his best days. He didn't reach his goal of a state tournament."

Despite not moving on, Brennan capped of his wrestling career at Summerville with more than 100 victories, including four straight trips to the Masters Meet. As a senior, he boasted a 30-7 record despite battling nagging injuries.

"He's going be missed by the program," DePaoli said. "His leadership and work ethic were bar none. A lot of wrestlers looked up to him. There's no doubt in my mind that he etched his name in the Summerville history books."

Gonsalves won by forfeit against Pitman junior Hayden Mattox and beat Ponderosa sophomore Pre Deitchman 4-0. The Calaveras senior's losses came from Antonio Mulqueeney and Jansen Englebrecht.

Morris, a 132-pound standout, pinned Turlock junior Fabian Gaona in3:34, but lost to Whitney senior Andrew Gomez 13-7 in his second match. The Bullfrog junior bounced back in his third tilt by pinning Chavez junior Sergio Fernandez in3:23. He eventually fell to Roseville senior Jon Maroon.

Quirie came within one match of placing. The stout 152-pounder reeled off two straight wins over Pleasant Grove junior Deler Ghazi and Vacaville senior Eric Ucdall, but lost in heartbreaking fashion to eventual champion Romeo Ontiveros.

Ontiveros, of Merced, recorded the match's only point on an escape in the second round and held onto a 1-0 victory over Quirie.

Quirie opted for a bottom position to start the third round, but could not breakaway from Ontiveros' grasp.

"The kid was real tough on top and rode Humphrey out," DePaoli said. "He wasn't able to get away. The kid held on to him. Humphrey hasn't really been held all year. He was explosive on bottom. It was kind of surprising he wasn't able to get out."

In Quirie's fourth match, he lost to Benecia sophomore Tyler Kay.

Quirie, a junior, finished the year with a 31-7 record.

Sanguinetti topped Beyer's Martin Sandoval 8-3 and Oak Ridge senior Corbett Ralston at 152. The Sonora junior's losses came from Mason Koshyama and Trent Nicholson.

Sullivan, a Calaveras senior, defeated Elk Grove junior Ryan Rosales by a 7-5 decision, but fell in his next match. He shrugged it off to win a 2-0 decision against Buhach Colony senior Gustavo Ochoa before losing to Trent.

Calaveras Redskins' Jacob Abeyta, Alex Rajewski, Shane Torre and Summerville freshman Devin Conklin all won one match.

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