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Miners finish in third

After a long day of wrestling, Nevada Union placed third at its own Mother Lode Tournament going 3-2 with three wrestlers finishing the day undefeated.

The Miners compiled 26 pins and saw senior wrestler Drew Maraglia named the outstanding wrestler of the day for the lightweights – weights ranging from 103-to-140 pounds.

Folsom wrestler Joe Lucas was named the outstanding wrestler for the heavyweights.

Maraglia (140) went 5-0 with three pins after returning just a short time ago from a rib injury. Teammates Jake Cena (103) and Luke Manuel (135) also went 5-0 for the tournament and each totaled five pins.

“Drew wrestled really well against a tough Oakmont competitor and Jake was pretty impressive with five pins,” Nevada Union head coach Shane Valdez said. “I don’t think Luke was ever really challenged and that was what we expected from him.”

Folsom took home the Mother Lode crown with Oakmont placing second. Nevada Union lost to Folsom 42-27 and to Oakmont 41-34. The Miners tallied wins against Bear River 52-27, Bethal 44-18 and Placer 60-27.

“We had a lot of guys make individual improvement even though their results may not standout,” Valdez said. “I think a lot of our wrestlers gained ground personally.”

Varsity Mother Lode results:

103 Jake Cena 5-0, five pins

112 Matt Manuel 2-3, two pins

119 Curtis Randall 0-4

125 Dominic Archuleta 4-1, two pins

130 Kyle Brady 4-1, two pins

135 Luke Manuel 5-0, five pins

140 Drew Maraglia 5-0, three pins

145 Jon Bird 4-1, three pins

152 Tom Brindley 1-0

152 Matt Lasard 2-2, one pin

160 Zach Callas 1-1, one pin

171 Brian Wheatley 4-1, four pins

189 Buck Davis 2-3

Bear River Wrestling

While the beginning of the Mother Lode Tournament started a little rough for the Bear River wrestling team, head coach Robert Nebeker couldn’t have been happier with how the day ended for his squad. After suffering early losses to host Nevada Union, eventual tournament champion Folsom and second-place Oakmont – the Bruins responded with inspired wrestling to beat River City and Bethal.

The Bethal dual in particular was exciting for the Bruins as they found themselves down 39-36 going into the heavyweight match.

Freshman Chase Duncan took the mat for the Bruins and pinned his opponent to give his team a 42-39 win and a successful end to the day.

“Chase really stepped up and delivered in the deciding match for us,” Nebeker said. “He went 4-0 in the tournament and that was the first time he has ever won a gold medal.”

In addition to Duncan, Nebeker praised the performance of his 119-weight class wrestler Brady Lazalier. The sophomore went 5-0 at the tournament.

“It was one of the most impressive performances of his career,” Nebeker said. “He has never gone 5-0 and, like Duncan, it was also his first gold medal.”

Both Duncan and Lazalier improved to 9-2 this season.

The Bruins took fifth place at the meet.

Bear River hits the mats again Tuesday in a dual meet at home against Mira Loma for the league opener.

Varsity Mother Lode results:

119 Brady Lazalier 5-0

125 Matt Belnap 4-1

130 Johnny Lascoe 3-2

135 Glen Wheeler 2-3

152 Teddy Beeby 2-3

160 Garrett Bentley 2-3

HWT Chase Duncan 4-0

JV Mother Lode results:

112 Derek Julian 2-2

119 Jacob Josephine 2-2

125 Nolan Gail 4-0

140 Joe Perna 4-0

152 C.J. Argento 2-2

171 Jeremy Newton 3-1

Boys Basketball

Nevada Union 76, No. 2 Newark Memorial 69

The Nevada Union boys basketball team posted a huge upset Saturday, beating Newark Memorial 76-69. Maxpreps.com ranks Newark Memorial second in Northern California.

“One of the keys to the game was James Brindley’s job defensively on Newark’s point guard Trey Clark,” head coach Jeff Dellis said. “Brindley did a nice job of cutting off the dribbling lanes and once Clark gave up the ball, he denied any return passes. The other key was the great job we did on the defensive glass – especially Scott Kerksieck, Kevin Nelson and Brennan McFadden.”

The Miners were up 32-24 at halftime, but opened the second half with four consecutive turnovers and eventually found themselves down 42-37.

“To our credit, our guys didn’t panic and continued to play great halfcourt defense,” Dellis said.

Tyler Smith led the team in scoring with 26 points while McFadden and Kerksieck added 18 and 16 points, respectively.

The Miners shot 88 percent from the free throw line and 55 percent from the field.

Nevada Union takes the court again Tuesday at home against Johnson with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. There will be no JV game Tuesday so the freshman game will begin at 5:30.

Junior Varsity

The Nevada Union JV basketball team won the Consolation Championship at the Pleasant Valley Tournament in Redding, beating Red Bluff in a 51-49 thriller.

“It was a very, very tough game for both teams,” JV coach Dale Latimer said. “However, we really executed well down the stretch and I was happy with our play.”

Sophomore Cody Curtis led the team with 15 points while D.J. Ruckman added nine points. Curtis was named to the all-tournament team after scoring a combined 33 points in three games.

The Miners started the tournament with a 36-29 overtime loss to Enterprise – a game Latimer labeled a defense struggle.

Chad Mason led the team with nine points.

Nevada Union then went on to beat Champion Christian 80-26 with the Miners hitting 12 three-pointers.

Sophomores Wayne Milhous and Stephen Sarantopoulos each scored 11 points and freshman Zach Spencer chipped in with 10 points.

The JV squad will play again Thursday at Grant at 5:30.

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