Bruin wrestlers dominate
The Bear River wrestling program saw success this weekend at the Placer Duals Team tournament – to the tune of 14 individual medals and the team championship.
“Our team put together an outstanding tournament,” coach Robert Nebeker said. “We showed courage and heart. The team put together the best effort I have seen during these past two years of coaching.”
The Bruins went through the preliminaries practically untouched, beating Esparto 69-11, Jesuit 66-6 and the Placer “B” team 82-0.
In the semifinal match, Bear River beat Reno (Nev.) High School 45-33 and then went on to beat Placer Hillman 41-32 in the championship dual.
Beside the team crown, the Bruins also left with five gold medals, two silver medals and seven bronze medals.
“Everyone rose to the occasion,” Nebeker said. “You win championships by being tough and the kids did everything possible to win.”
Placer Duals Results:
103 Addy Gemignani, 5-0, gold medal
112 Derek Julian, 2-2, bronze medal
119 Brady Lazalier, 5-0, gold medal
125 Matt Belnap, 5-0, gold medal
130 Johnny Lascoe, 3-2, bronze medal
135 Glen Wheeler, 5-0, gold medal
140 Joe Perna, 3-2, bronze medal
145 Jon Lamer, 3-2, bronze medal
152 Joe Sciacca, 2-1, bronze medal
160 Garrett Bentley, 2-1, bronze medal
171 Heath Bentley, 4-1, silver medal
189 Gary Schmidt, 3-2, bronze medal
215 Jordan Beaver, 5-0, gold medal
275 Chase Duncan, 4-1, silver medal
Nevada Union Wrestling
Junior wrestler Luke Manuel, found himself down 1-0 during the entire championship match in the 135-pound weight class at the Foothills Invitational held at Memorial Auditorium. However, instead of packing his bags, with two seconds left to go in the third period, Manuel sprung to life scoring points for a take down to win the match.
It is exactly because of that type of match with that type of competition that Nevada Union wrestling coach Shane Valdez brings his team to experience. Valdez hopes by making his nonleague schedule as tough as it can be, his wrestlers will be prepared for the road to state and will have seen wrestlers from all over the state in the process.
“It (the Foothills Invitational) is the toughest tournament in the Sac-Joaquin section,” Valdez said. “The majority of the teams in our section go to this tournament, so it’s a good chance to see where you stand within the section.”
In addition to Manuel, two other Nevada Union wrestlers, senior Drew Maraglia and freshman Jake Cena, placed taking third and fifth places, respectively. The entire Nevada Union squad came in 10th with 107 points. Ponderosa won the 82-team meet with 236 total points.
Foothills Invitational Results:
103 Jake Cena, 5-2-1,one pin, fifth place
112 Matt Manuel, 1-2
119 Curtis Randall, 0-2
130 Kyle Brady, 1-2
135 Luke Manuel, 5-0, first place
140 Drew Maraglia, 5-1, two pins, third place
145 Jon Bird, three pins, 3-2
152 Matt Lessard, 1-2
160 Zach Callas, two pins 2-2
171 Brian Wheatley, one pin, 1-2
189 Buck Davis, 0-2
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