Juniors keep hopes alive at state meet
Two of Nevada Union’s three Miners hitting the mats at the California State Wrestling Championships survived a full slate of action Friday night to advance to day two of the tournament in Bakersfield.
NU juniors Zach Callas and Luke Manuel remain in the hunt for a state medal this morning, after each posted a 3-1 record in the first day of competition. Miner senior Drew Maraglia won two matches and lost two, the second defeat eliminating him from contention.
“For both Luke and Zach, they both have to win (their first match this) morning to place in the top eight,” NU head coach Shane Valdez said Friday night. “(This) morning will big matches. Those matches will decide whether they come home with a state medal or not.”
Manuel got off to the strongest start among the trio, scoring a 3-2 win over Poway senior Schuyler Palmer in the 135-pound out bracket. He followed that win up with two more, including an 8-5 decision over McLane junior Alfonso Sanchez and 9-4 victory over Jose Serratos, a senior from Santa Ana.
Manuel then ran into Jonathon Runny, a senior from James Logan High, for one of the final four spots in the championship bracket. Runny scored a 6-0 win to advance.
Manuel (44-6) is matched up with Mt. Whitney senior Cody Gibson in this morning’s first round. The winner will advance to the 135-pound consolation quarterfinals.
Callas (28-9) suffered a 3-0 setback to Bakersfield senior Josh Williams in the opening round of the 160-pound bracket, before recovering in fine fashion with three straight wins.
He shut out El Madera senior T.J. Groce 5-0 in the first round of the consolation bracket. Callas then pinned Tim Graff, a Tulare Union senior, in 2:51 and finished his night with a 5-2 decision over Rocklin senior Vince Kelly. Callas will toe the line with Righetti senior Dustin Monte for a spot in the consolation quarters.
Maraglia (37-6) downed La Mirada junior Ryan Garrity 10-4 in the first round of the 140-pound class, but lost an 8-6 nail-biter to Golden West senior Eric Maldonado. Maraglia responded with a 19-2 technical fall of Louie DeSantis, a senior from Escondido, before bowing out of the state tournament in an 8-6 loss to College Park junior Kyle Means.
Action resumes at 9 a.m. today at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Bruins 6, Vikings 5
Bear River baseball head coach Mike Viola only hopes that Oakmont will be as generous in giving up runs in Pioneer Valley League play as the Vikings were in a non-league clash with the host Bruins on Friday.
After falling behind Oakmont 5-1, Bear River came back with a three-run sixth inning and a two-run seventh to score a 6-5 victory and improve to 2-0 in the early season.
Three of those Bruin runs were pushed across via walks surrendered by Oakmont pitching. But Viola pointed to the fact that Bear River bounced back after facing the early deficit.
“It was a good character builder early in the year,” Viola said. “The kids just battled.”
Ryan Polisso drew the start for Bear River and threw the first three innings, before yielding the mound to Matt Miraldi in the fourth. Miraldi allowed no runs on two hits, while striking out two and walking two for the win.
Robby Alcombrack led the Bruins with a 2-for-4 afternoon. John Mobley had one hit and drew three walks, while Tyler French scored two runs.
Bear River is back in action Tuesday, traveling to Fairfield.
Hillmen 4, Miners 2
Nevada Union evened up its season record at 1-1 Friday with a 4-2 loss to host Placer Friday.
Nick Gauldin threw the first four innings of work for the Miners before being relieved by Peter Ruiz, who pitched the final two frames.
NU had three hits on the night, including a double from Brian Jordan. Ruiz and Steven Davis each singled for the Miners.
Nevada Union returns to action Monday, hosting Rocklin, and travels to Jesuit on Tuesday.
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