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9 Bruins set for section championships

Kevin Figueroa said he hoped to be taking 80 percent of his Bear River wrestling lineup with him to next week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championships at East Union High School in Manteca.

By the end of Thursday’s Pioneer Valley League meet at Whitney High School, the Bruin coach wasn’t too far off the mark. Figueroa will lead nine of his 13 Bruins on the trip.

“We’re going to represent very well,” said Figueroa. “We’ve got a pretty tough league for our division of the section. Hopefully, we have a couple of kids go on to Masters. I think we’ve got a good chance.”

Although no Bruins brought home a PVL title, four toed the line in the finals with first place on the line. Sophomore Kyle Anderson (103 pounds), junior Jory Gemignani (112), sophomore Nick Sauers (125) and senior Justin Chirigotis (140) each finished as a league runner-up in their respective weight brackets.

Taking third place were junior Juan Gudino (119), sophomore Harley Sauers (135), junior Braden Scinto (189) and sophomore Michael Merrell (215).

Jordan Halleib, a sophomore, took fourth place at 130 pounds.

In junior varsity competition, Darlene Julian took first place at 112 pounds, after pinning three opponents and scoring a major victory. Kevin Fray finished second at 145 pounds.

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