Nevada Union quintet clinches section berths
The Union Staff
Having spent most of his season wrestling as a junior varsity 160-pounder, Nevada Union’s Tucker Trathen came to a conclusion shortly before the Metro League Tournament last week. With state-ranked Luke Manuel already set at 160 pounds, Trathen decided to follow another route to the varsity level in a new weight class.
All Trathen did was emerge as the Metro 173-pound champion, and on Friday at the Northwest Sub-Section Tournament in Vallejo, he won two straight matches to lead a parade of five Nevada Union wrestlers into the semifinals of a tournament that concludes today at Bethel High School.
Matt Manuel (114 pounds), Brett Schauffler (137), Luke Manuel (154) and Zach Callas (160) also went 2-0 on the day to reach the semifinals and also assure themselves of berths into the Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament next weekend in Folsom. The top six finishers in each weight class qualify for the section tournament next Friday and Saturday in Folsom.
Trathen was Nevada Union’s “shocker” of the day, according to coach Shane Valdez.
“The week before league he asked if he could wrestle at 173 pounds and go varsity, and here he is going to the section tournament now,” Valdez said. “He’s wrestling light. He only weighed in at 166, 167 … but he looked awesome today.”
Other Miners who come back to wrestle today include Joey Stickney (105 pounds), Shane Lingo (142), and Kyle Brady (147). All three went 2-1 on the day and are one win away from becoming section qualifiers.
Bill Atherton went 1-2 at 189 pounds, barely losing his last match on a controversial call in the final seconds. Cody Griffith (132) and freshman Brian Armijo (127) went 0-2, but both wrestled well, according to Valdez.
Bear River sophomores Addy Gemignani and Chase Duncan won their first two matches to advance to the semifinals at the small-schools sub-section tournament at Oakmont High School in Roseville. Both will advance to the section tournament next week.
Duncan posted first-period pins in his heavyweight matches against Argonaut’s Knute Carlson and Pioneer’s Ross Huston.
Gemignani, a section qualifier last year, pinned his opening round opponent in the 114-pound weight bracket and then used a late burst to log a 17-12 win against San Juan’s Mustafa Rasoul. Gemignani broke a 10-10 tie when he scored on a reversal with 40 seconds left.
Two other Bear River wrestlers are still alive heading into the final day of the sub-section tournament today – Corbin Shakely at 154 pounds and Garrett Bentley at 162 pounds. Shakely pinned two opponents, but lost his second-round match against No. 1 seeded Curtis Van Laar of Waterford (the outstanding middleweight wrestler award winner at last week’s Trans Valley League Tournament). Bentley also lost to a ranked Waterford wrestler, Nathan Morgan.
Bear River’s Derek Julian (127 pounds), Nolan Gail (132), Matthew Belnap (145) and Jordan Beaver (173) went 1-2 and Alex Loza (105) was 0-2 on the day.
Nevada Union 51, Yuba City 33
Nevada Union’s girls basketball team got its first outright Metro League championship by winning at Yuba City on Friday.
Last year the Miners shared the title with the Honkers.
Caroline Reeves led NU with 15 points, Olympia Jacobs contributed 14 and Sarah McAtee added 10. McAtee led the Miners with 14 rebounds.
“McAtee had a huge night,” Nevada Union coach Duwaine Ganskie said.
Jacobs also had five assists with four steals.
“We did what we had too do,” Ganskie said. “We were fighting an emotional letdown from (the 51-39 win) against Kennedy.”
Christian Woodruff went out in the first quarter after hyperextending her elbow. She was replaced by Emily Ryan.
“Emily did a fine job filling that spot,” Ganskie said.
Ryan finished with four points.
As the Miners (11-1, 21-6) prepare for the first round of the playoffs on Thursday, the only thing Ganskie is concerned about is who the opponent will be.
“We’re playing at a high level,” he said. “We just need to get our scouting reports in order.”
The playoff bracket will be announced Sunday afternoon.
JV: Nevada Union 59, Yuba City 41
Kristen Dahle led the Miners in their final game of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Paige Prentice scored 11 and had seven rebounds.
Nevada Union finished 10-3 in the Metro League.
Frosh: Yuba City 48, Nevada Union 46 OT
Nevada Union’s Hannah Baker hit a shot which would have sent the final game of the season into double-overtime had the referee not whistled it off Friday.
The break for Yuba City was one of a few calls which the Miners’ freshman coach Kate Dudley said went against NU.
NU (7-7, 17-10) was led by Samantha Cyrus and Mariah Orellana, who each scored 10. Stephanie Sarantopolous added eight and Katie Litchfield had five.
Sacramento Waldorf 62, Forest Lake Christian 55
Jake Kelly hit 15 of 16 free throws for a game-high 34 points to help Sacramento Waldorf beat Forest Lake Christian at home Friday.
Mackenzie Deneen led the Falcons with 18 and Katie Fletcher scored 11.
Sacramento Waldorf 70, Forest Lake Christian 50
Nate Holt had 23 points and seven blocked shots but the Falcons fell short, losing their final regular season game at Waldorf’s homecoming.
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