Nevada Union senior Will Sumner punched his ticket to the CIF state wrestling tournament in emphatic fashion Saturday at the Stockton Arena.
Sumner beat Turlock’s Albino Orozco, 10-3, in the 170-pound class to claim the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters title in his weight class.
On the way to the championship match Sumner left a wake of pinned wrestlers, winning all four matches leading up to the championship by pin. In the first round Sumner pinned David Viodes from Pleasant Grove in 1 minute, 3 seconds. Sumner then pinned Hunter Cannon in 34 seconds. Sumner went on to pin Rashad Brown in the quarterfinals and then in the semifinals pinned James Portilla in 1:42.
Sumner has impressed throughout the wrestling post season, winning the Sierra Foothill League championship and the section D-IAA tourney before Saturday’s Masters championship.
The state meet is set for March 7-8 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Nevada Union’s Kashe McHugh went 1-2 in three 145-pound weight class matches at Masters but will not be advancing to the state meet. Hap Rowe (106-pound class) and Keaton Richards (120-pound class) also had their seasons come to and end at the Masters competition.
The lone Bear River Bruin, Carter Danieli (113-pound class), had his season end at the Masters tournament as well.
NU takes 2 of 3 at River City tourney
The Lady Miners endured rain, mud and wind at River City High School’s annual Raider’s Cup Classic Soccer Tournament, winning two out of the three bracket matches over the weekend.
Nevada Union beat Golden Sierra, 7-1, getting a hat trick from Shelby Di Lorenzo. Cayce Shaw scored a pair of goals and Christine O’Conner and Amber Van Hecke each added one in the win.
The Lady Miners then beat Summerville, 4-1, with Shaw scoring two, Van Hecke with one and Delaney Graham netting a goal.
The final deciding game required for advancement was against some great competition with the host squad. NU held the attacking end through the majority of the game with shot after shot just missing the goal or being successfully deflected by the Raider’s keeper.
The single goal was made by a counter attack by a River City striker that could run with lightning speed. NU eventually lost to River City, 1-0.
“The Lady Miners are playing the best soccer I have seen since I took over the program and the field play was fun to watch,” NU head coach Ken Ramirez said in an email. “Shelby Di Lorenzo pulled a Hat-trick from the stopper position making three 20 yard goals, which is always a crowd pleaser.”
Emma Curtis, Ellie DeMartini, and Emma Stratman all played well in the goal only allowing two balls through in the entire tournament, and one of those can be attributed to slip and slide muddy field conditions.
Lilly Collins, Felicia Van Hecke, Nicole Faker and Makayla Wells learned to work together as a formidable defense successfully keeping the ball out of the back half once they jelled as a unit, said Ramirez.
“Preseason is a time to mix things up and play various combos to let the coach know the team’s strengths and areas for improvement,” he said. “I’ve got a few pages on what we need to work on and with the winning attitude of this year’s squad it will be a delightful season.”
Nevada Union 3, Rio Americano 1
The Miners opened the boys volleyball season with a four-set road victory over Rio Americano Friday, 25-21, 12-25, 25-19, 25-23.
Leading Nevada Union in the win was Greg Paul with 12 kills, four blocks and an ace. Evan Kittle added nine kills and 20 assists. Chandler Heppe had four kills, five blocks and six digs. Mason Salcedo doled out 14 assists and Logan Kerley, Harrison McCormick and Steven Skaggs had four kills each.
The Miners take the court again Tuesday when they face Bear River at 6 p.m. in Albert Ali Gymnasium.
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