The Summerville and Sonora varsity wrestling teams were in Stockton over the weekend for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Masters Tournament.
Here’s how each team finished.
Sonora High School
On Friday, all of the Wildcats’ wrestlers made it to the final round, but the competition would prove tough.
“It was not a good round for us,” said coach John Abernathy. “We lost all five matches wrestled and all but Keanu Perez and Devin Brisco were eliminated.”
Perez and Brisco earned a spot in Saturday morning’s consolation match after losing in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon.
Brisco lost his match in the 152-point weight class and Perez (113) pinned Grant Roush of Vista del Lago in the first Saturday matches.
And the wins kept coming.
Perez also defeated Giovanni Villegas of Turlock, 8-0 to qualify for the state tournament in Bakersfield.
He also beat Eli Blackwell of Tracy, 7-2 for the third place finish.
“He (Perez) was suffering from a pretty severe cold, which really hampered him Friday,” said Abernathy. “But he came out with a vengeance Saturday and performed at a very high level.”
Perez was 6-1 at the tournament and an impressive 40-2 on the season.
“I was very proud of all our wrestlers. They competed at a high level and performed with intensity,” said Abernathy. “ I think that qualifying for the state tournament is the most difficult thing to do in California high school sports. Those who qualify are in an elite class.”
Also wrestling for Sonora in the Masters Tournament were Trevor Davis (126). He went 1-2. Coleton Sanguinetti (138) was 2-2. Brett Stewart (145) was 2-2. Devin Brisco (152) was also 2-2. Gabe Atwood (170) finished 102.
Summerville High School
The Bears’ Brennen Dibble continues his winning ways on the mat. He placed sixth in the 106-pound weight class to earn a spot in the state tournament.
Dibble started Friday with a win over Josh Pimental of Enochs by technical fall victory, 15-0.
In third round action he was tied with Andrew Calvert of Franklin (Elk Grove).
He chose the down position and got the defensive pin with 40 seconds to go.
"Calvert and Dibble have wrestled several times throughout the year with all the matches being very close and Dibble winning. We knew this was going to be a difficult match, and he wrestled very smart and grinded out a huge victory," said Summerville coach Jordan DePaoli.
Next up for Dibble was the quarterfinal match against Jake Stone from Oakmont.
“Stone is an excellent wrestler who is dominant on his feet and unfortunately his wrestling was outstanding as Dibble could not overcome his strength and power losing by fall in the first round,” said DePaoli.
Stone would go on to become the 106-pound masters champion.
Dibble’s next challenge was a four-pound weight loss requirement for Saturday morning. And he would need two wins to move on to the state meet, said DePaoli.
Dibble beat Colby Cerros of Ponderosa 8-1.
Then came his most important match of the season as he took on Christian Her of Beyer High school in Modesto.
It was a back and forth match, said DePaoli, until Dibble took control with a takedown and a 6-2 margin. He would finish with a pin.
Both parents and coaches were relieved and ecstatic, said DePaoli.
The state qualification is a first for the Summerville program in the last six years.
“We are still so proud of him and the hard work paid off for this young man," said DePaoli.
In Dibble’s final two matches he came up short against Evan Taylor from Folson, 5-4 and lost to Brayden Abel of Oakdale 2-0 to finish in the sixth spot.
"We felt we were robbed of a victory versus Taylor as Brennen had him pinned in the second round but the referee called a stop to the match as Taylor said he could not breathe while he was getting cradled and pinned,” said DePaoli. “The only comment I have in a situation like this is that 99 percent of the time the referee calls a pin, and for some odd reason he chose not to. Regardless of the call, we still had an opportunity to win, and we did not."
Dibble will have the most difficult test of the year this weekend, said DePaoli. He drew the No. 1 state ranked wrestler Richard Figueroa of Selma for his first match.
"We can't wait to see what this match will bring for us. We as coaches are confident that Brennen can wrestle with and beat anyone in the state," said DePaoli.
Also wrestling for the Bears in the Masters Tournament was Carson Caya (220). He finished 2-2.
His first match was a win by pin 1:26 into the first round against Jamie Omales of Tokay. He lost his second match to Paul Banks of Placer.
Caya’s second win came against Julian Hurtado of El Camino by a 10-8 decision.
His final high school match was a “gut-wrenching” loss to Nathan Gomez of Vacaville, said DePaoli.
"Carson had an amazing career at Summerville High School and will be remembered as one of the hardest working student athletes we ever had. He was an outstanding wrestler who accumulated over 90 wins in his four years, and he was an even better young man, teammate, and leader for the Bears,” said DePaoli. “He is now part of the Summerville wrestling family forever, and he will be greatly missed. It was a privilege and a honor to say that we were his coaches."
The state tournament in Bakersfield will be held at Rabobank Arena March 2-3. Friday’s matches begin at 9 a.m. On Saturday, the consolation rounds start at 9 a.m. and finals begin at 7 p.m.