Mother Lode League wrestlers were on the road Friday and Saturday for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V tournament.
Sonora placed third behind Calaveras and Escalon.
Here’s how the wrestlers finished individually:
Summerville High School
The Bears’ Brennen Dibble (106) brought home a championship after going 4-0.
He started the tournament with a 15-0 win before taking on Jason Vega of Escalon. He won by pin in the final round after leading 16-2. Dibble won his semi-final match Saturday by pin in the second. In the finals he beat Calaveras’ Tyler Ferrante by pin in the third round after leading 12-0.
“Brennen was very intense and wrestled the best we have seen all year long. The amazing thing about his performance over the weekend was that he did not allow a point to be scored on him in four different matches,” said coach Jordan DePaoli. “We are very proud of him, but the real show starts this weekend, and this is where the competition reaches a level that we must match and overcome. We know he is ready and excited to give it everything he has to move on to the state tournament.”
Austin White (120) was 2-2, losing a tough match Saturday morning.
“Austin improved greatly at this tournament compared to last year, and we know he will continue to mature and become an even better wrestler,” said DePaoli.
Brandon Lesley (138) may have lost two close matches, but DePaoli said Lesley is just getting started.
“The fact that he made it to this tournament with such little wrestling experience proves that next year will be very promising for him,” he said.
Austin Luckett (152) finished his season with a 1-2 showing.
“He battled injuries all year long, and the fact that he was willing to even compete through that pain is a testament of his character and demeanor,” said DePaoli. “He is the hardest working individual on our young team and sets the standard very high for his teammates. There is no doubt that his senior season will be full of accolades and success.”
Cayden Schulz (160) also finished 1-2.
“As a sophomore to win a match will go a long way in his confidence for the upcoming years. He’s another wrestler who improved throughout the season,” said DePaoli.
Carson Caya (220) earned a third place finish, going 4-1. He lost a very close semi-final match against a strong opponent that could have gone either way, said DePaoli.
“He was mentally and physically tough all weekend, and we know hw will be ready to lay everything on the line this coming weekend at Master’s,” said DePaoli.
Sonora High School
The Wildcats’ Keanu Perez (113) continues to impress, taking home first place with his 4-0 performance. He went 33-1 on the season.
Perez pinned all of his opponents in the first round, including Eric Ledesma of Lindhurst in the finals in just 23 seconds, said coach Jon Abernathy.
Seven Sonora wrestlers earned medals and six will advance to next weekend’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Masters Wrestling Tournament at the Stockton Hockey Arena.
Trevor Davis (126) placed second with a 3-1 record. He lost his finals match to the No. 6 ranked Alex Jimenez of Escalon.
Colton Davis (132) placed fifth after pinning Shame Bertero of Amador. He finished with a 3-2 record.
Coleton Sanguinetti (138) earned a second place finish. He lost his finals match by a 2-1 decision to Rhys Pinero of Escalon.
Brett Stewart (145) was third, losing a close semifinal decision before winning twice. His record was 2-2.
Devin Brisco (152) placed second. He dropped his final match 8-0 to the No. 8 ranked Patrick Garcia of Modesto Christian.
Gabe Atwood (170) was fourth with a 3-2 record.
Also wrestling for Sonora were Travis Pingree (106). He went 2-2. Brian McGee (120) was 1-2. Elijah MacDonald (195) was 1-2. And Mark Camara (285) went 1-2.