Mother Lode League wrestling teams were on the road in Sacramento for the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament.
The event draws athletes from the Sacramento area, central and north coast and Reno.
“This tournament is very prestigious and is a great test before the postseason starts for our young men,” said Summerville wrestling coach Jordan DePaoli. “This is very similar to the caliber of wrestlers that you will see at the California State Wrestling Tournament.”
Here’s how some local wrestlers fared:
Sonora’s Keanu Perez placed second. He had a first round bye before meeting Anthony Simmons of Sheldon in the second round, winning with a pin.
He beat Skylar Miller of Bear River in his final Friday match, said Sonora coach Jon Abernathy.
Saturday he pinned Max McCarver of Oak Ridge, putting him in the semi-final match with Nick Foster of Spanish Springs (Nevada) where he won by decision.
In the final, Perez lost by fall to Blake Fredericson of Windsor.
But the second place finish was impressive, said Summerville’s DePaoli.
“His accomplishments at this tournament were by far the most obvious standout for our area,” said Depaoli.
Sonora took five wrestler to the tournament and all went 2-2, said Abernathy.
Sonora’s junior varsity team wrestled in the Jackson LIons Club Tournament at Argonaut where they placed second.
“Ethan Champe at 145 had an excellent tournament, winning his weight class,” said Abernathy.
For Summerville, Brennen Dibble (106) had another strong showing.
He was the No. 6 seed at the start of the tournament Friday. He made quick work of Jeremy Hernandez from Patterson with a pin in 45 seconds of the first round, said DePaoli.
He then beat Braiden Vega of Escalon 15-0 in a technical fall.
Saturday’s match was highly anticipated, said DePaoli.
Dibble faced the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the Sac-Joaquin Section, Andrew Calvert from Franklin. Dibble is currently No.7.
"As his coaches, we devised the best gameplan to attack Calvert's weaknesses, and felt Brennen was ready to get the job done," said DePaoli.
And he did just that, earning a two-point reversal with 10 seconds left in the third, securing the win.
This was a huge victory for Dibble, but our focus immediately turned to his semifinal matchup with Zach Thompson from Palma High School,” said DePaoli.
He was the No. 2 seed in the tournament, but lost 4-2.
Dibble was then upset by the No.5 ranked wrestler in the section from Folsom, Evan Taylor losing 5-3.
"This was definitely a winnable match for Dibble, but I feel we did not attack him the way we had planned and Evan was absolutely prepared to wrestle him,” said DePaoli.
Dibble would have one more chance on the mat as he again took on Andrew Calvert from Franklin. He won 7-2 and placed fifth.
"It was a great experience for Brennen to see the type of wrestlers that are very determined and skilled,” said DePaoli. “If this continues, special thing are ahead for this young man.”
Summerville’s Carson Caya (220) also wrestled well, going 2-2 and making the second day of the tournament with a huge comeback win.
He would finish the match with a pin after being down five points with 30 seconds left, said DePaoli.
Caya had a first round bye before beating Aaron Bagnato of Enterprise, 9-2. He then lost a close match to Nick Wycoff of Cardinal Newman, and fell to the consolation side of the bracket where he won his last match of Friday with a fall in the last 20 seconds of the third round over Michael Laziola of Palma, said DePaoli His tournament ended with a 5-1 loss Saturday morning.
"Even though I feel like we had more matches to be won on Saturday, we are very proud of his efforts and we definitely improved over the weekend. He is getting very close to where he needs to be come postseason," said DePaoli.
Tonight Summerville will wrestle at Sonora at 6 p.m.
"We will need to wrestle like champions on Wednesday if we want to make it a close match and overcome our depleted weight classes and numbers, the team knows what it takes to do this. We were in this situation last year as well,” said DePaoli.
Despite the team’s smaller size, Sonora’s Abernathy said the annual meeting is a highlight on the season.
“We are always excited to wrestle them,” he said.