Trio of NU wrestlers head to state
Three Nevada Union wrestlers qualified for the state wrestling meet this past weekend, with two other Miner wrestlers missing the cut by just one match. Senior Drew Maraglia and junior Luke Manuel will make return trips to the state meet, while junior Zach Callas heads to Bakersfield for the first time in his career.
Manuel left the Sac-Joaquin Section Meet this past weekend in Turlock with a 5-0 record, one pin and the 135-pound weight class championship. He defeated Justin Danz of Ponderosa 5-0 in the championship match.
“Luke was in control of the match pretty much the entire time,” Nevada Union wrestling coach Shane Valdez said of the championship match. “He wrestled really impressive the whole weekend and nobody really threatened him.”
Last year, Manuel qualified for the state meet in the 119-pound weight class and went 0-2 at the meet.
Maraglia ended this past weekend with a 4-0 record and with a weight class championship of his own at 140-pounds. He defeated Jake Chastain of Golden Valley 8-7 in the championship match. The last time the two faced off at the Foothill meet, Maraglia lost the match 10-6.
“It was a really exciting (championship) match and pretty back-and-forth the whole time,” Valdez said. “He was down at the beginning and had to keep coming back, but scored a take down with 20 seconds left in the match to get the win.”
Maraglia went 3-2 last year at the state meet and finished among the top 12 in his weight class.
The third Miner to qualify, Callas, took fourth place at the section meet after being pinned by Steven Urquizo from Merced with 10 seconds remaining in the third-place match. He finished the weekend going 6-2 with one pin.
“His weight class was really tough and the guys that finished before him are state ranked so he did really well,” Valdez said.
Freshmen Jake Cena (103) and Matt Manuel (112) each finished one match from qualifying for state. Cena went 3-2 with two pins at the meet while Matt Manuel went 4-2 with one pin. Senior Brian Wheatley went 0-2.
“We are still really proud of Brian,” Valdez said. “He had a great year and impressed lots of people including me and probably even himself.”
The State Wrestling Tournament will be held in Bakersfield, March 4-5.
Bear River Wrestling
Both Bear River wrestlers, Addy Gemignani (103) and Brady Lazalier (119) who qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Meet, finished the weekend with 1-2 records.
“All of their matches ended in decisions and they both wrestled really well,” Bear River wrestling coach Robert Nebeker said. “They also wrestled really smart, which is something you have to do at the section meet.”
Neither wrestler earned a trip to the state meet.
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