The Bruins Varsity Wrestling team traveled to El Camino High School Saturday for an individual tournament where the team placed seventh overall, despite being short-handed as some of their seasoned wrestlers were sidelined due to illness.
Leading the team was freshman Noah Danieli (106 pounds), who strategically dismantled his opponents to get into the championship match. His first match was a 16-0 technical fall in the first period. His second match was won by a pin in the second period, earning him a spot straight to the championship match. The final match was set up between him and El Camino’s returning Divisional Qualifier. Danieli took an early 5-0 lead, but El Camino’s wrestler tied it up before the end of the first period. The second period started with Danieli on top, were he would stay. With 55 seconds left in the second period Danieli used his technique to earn a pin and take home the gold.
Senior Carter Danieli (113 pounds) kept the momentum going after successfully negotiating his way through his first two matches; technical fall 15-0 in the second period and a major decision of 13-0 in his second match. Like his younger brother, Carter Danieli found himself with a one way ticket straight to the championship match. The final match was fought with a lot of heart, but he lost by decision and took home the silver medal.
Sophomore Trenton McKnight (195 pounds) followed suit for the Bruins, winning his first match by decision (8-5). He found himself in a tough second match and ended up losing by a decision (10-6). McKnight did not lose sight of the podium though. After having to wrestle back into the tournament, McKnight pinned his last two opponents to take home the bronze medal.
Junior Sam Elizondo has been gaining more success each time he steps onto the mat. Elizondo followed in McKnight’s footsteps, winning his first match by a quick pin in the first round. In his second match, his opponent was able to capitalize on a small mistake and Elizondo found himself losing by pin. He wrestled his way back into a podium spot by winning his next match by decision, earning him a spot to wrestle for bronze. The Bronze medal match was set up between Elizondo and league rival Foothill High School’s wrestler. It was a tight match where the Bruin found himself with a mere one-point lead (1-0) going into the third round. Elizondo held on for the win and took home the bronze.
Sophomore and second year wrestler Reid Johnson (132 pounds) also made his way to the podium earning a sixth place finish for the first time this season. Johnson has been working hard this season and his progress is starting to show.
The Bruins look to better their record in the Pioneer Valley League when they compete on Tuesday in their second league dual at Foothill High School.
Nevada Union 71,
The Lady Miners ran all over Placer on the basketball court Saturday for a lopsided victory.
Nevada Union was led by its seniors and built a healthy 42-28 lead at the half. Sydney Porter, who had a team-high 21 points to go with four steals and four rebounds. Emma Petersen was also a huge help in the offensive production as she tossed in 20 points and had three steals and a trio of assists. Erin Selleck dropped in nine points. Junior Sammy DeHart was active all around as she ended with eight points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Melanie O’Brien tallied six points and nine boards. Katie Johnson contributed five points and five boards.
NU (11-4) plays Wednesday at Rocklin.
JV: Placer 46,
Nevada Union 42
The NU junior varsity girls couldn’t find a way past a competitive Placer team Saturday.
The Lady Miners were led with an incredible performance by Ella Walton, who tossed in 24 points. Casey Baldwin also contributed eight points on the offensive end for NU. The Lady Hillgals shot the lights out and drained five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, said NU head coach Gia Grim.
NU (10-4) plays Wednesday at Rocklin.
Yuba City 72,
Nevada Union 59
The NU boys basketball team never really found its stride Saturday as it was easily over matched by Yuba City.
The Miners trailed 16-5 after the first quarter and 37-20 at the half. The team finally caught fire for 26 points in the fourth quarter, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome as Yuba City answered the call almost every step of the way.
NU (5-11) plays Tuesday at Rocklin.
JV: Yuba City 52, Nevada Union 48
The NU junior varsity boys squad needed a little something extra as it came up short Saturday at Yuba City.
Trailing 30-26 at halftime, the Miners found themselves within striking distance but couldn’t find a way to rally down the stretch. The team was led by Chance Brown, who dropped in 14 points and grabbed six boards. Gary Menary followed with 12 points and six rebounds, and Bo Perkins also tossed in 11 points.
NU (9-8) plays Tuesday at Rocklin.
—The Union staff
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