Bruin wrestlers set for tonight |

Bruin wrestlers set for tonight

If all goes according to plan today, Bear River’s wrestling team will land no less than a dozen Bruins in the Feb. 18 Sac-Joaquin Subsection meet.

Bear River competes in the Pioneer Valley League tournament today at Lincoln High School. The Bruins (13-9 overall, 3-3 PVL) are in about as good of position as they could hope to be at this point of the season, Bear River head coach Robert Nebeker said.

“We’re pretty healthy right now and we have a full lineup,” said Nebeker, in his second season as the Bruins head coach. “Last year, we only took 11 wrestler into the league tournament and 10 went to the subsection. This year we have 14, a full lineup, and I think at least 12 could go this year.”

Nebeker said he expects good things from his lightweights. Addy Gemignani, a freshman No. 1 seed, has posted a 20-7 record on the season and a 6-0 PVL mark at 103 pounds.

Brady Lazalier, a subsection qualifier last year, has posted a 20-7 mark in this his sophomore season and is seeded fourth. Matthew Belnap, a freshman, is 18-6 and the No. 4 seed at 125 pounds. Johnny Lascoe is the No. 2 seed at 130 pounds, after posting a 14-8 season mark.

Nebeker also pointed to 152-pound junior Joe Sciacca (5-5, 3-2), 215-pound junior Jordan Beaver (12-6) and freshman heavyweight Chase Duncan (16-7) as wrestlers he expects to have strong showings today.

Action begins at 10 a.m. today, with the seven-team tournament hitting three mats at Lincoln High School. Nebeker said the semifinal round should start in the early afternoon and the finals generally begin about 3 p.m.

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