Prep wrestling

Bear, Wildcat grapplers open MLL with victories

Union Democrat staff

Summerville won all but one competitive wrestling match Wednesday against Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage and claimed victory to open the Mother Lode League.

The Bears beat Sierra Ridge 52-24 while forfeiting four weight classes in front of their home crowd in Tuolumne.

Summerville won seven competitive matches, including six by pin.

For the Bears (1-0 MLL), Jeshua Sanders in the 126-pound weight class won by pin in the third round, Devin Conklin (145) won by fall in the first round, Nathaniel Mata (152) won by second round pin, Zach Marquez (160) took just 50 seconds to pin his opponent, Tony Kellogg (195) won by pin in the second round, Leland Merlin (220) won by pin in the second round and Carson Caya (285) earned a 10-2 major decision victory.

The Bears are competing today and Saturday in the Lloyd Engel Tournament in Escalon.

Wildcat grapplers shutout MLL opponent Linden

The Sonora Wildcats made quick work of the Linden Lions Wednesday on the wrestling mat in Linden winning 75-0 in the Mother Lode League opener for both teams.

Linden forfeited all but five weight classes and Sonora won all the competitive matches, including two by fall.

120-pounder Keanu Perez pinned his opponent in 2 minutes, 49 seconds and 170-pounder Gabe Atwood put his opponent’s shoulders to the mat in 1:37.

Also for Sonora (1-0 MLL), Hunter Beardsley (113) won 7-2, Colton Davis (126) won 4-0 and Kellen Phillips (145) won 1-0 with a third-round escape.

“Hunter started the team off with a solid win,” said Wildcat head coach Jon Abernathy. “Keanu looked dominant, Colton wrestled with a lot of determination and Gabe Atwood showed improved technique. In all, we showed improvement. We’re using techniques we’re drilling in practice.”

Also for Sonora, which filled out all weight classes, Danny Wandersee (106), Coleton Sanguinetti (132), Brandon Murphy (138), Marcus Barney (152), Brett Stewart (160), Carson Dambacher (182), Nate Gookin (195), Matt Tarantino (220) and Aaron Davis (285) each won by forfeit.

Sonora traveled to Watsonville for the Apple Cider Tournament today and Saturday.

JV — Sonora won 23-9. Devon Herzog (125) won by pin, Ethan Champe (138) won by technical fall and Erik Sinklier (153) and Mark Camara (220) each won by forfeit.

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