Trio of titles |

Trio of titles

A trio of Nevada Union Miners wrestled their way to Sierra Foothill League championships Saturday at Del Oro High School, while three more Miners were the runners-up in their respective weight classes on their way to qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II meet.

Nevada Union senior Matt Manuel, a state qualifier as a junior, entered the 130-pound class as the top seed and needed just one win – by technical fall (15-0) – to earn the SFL crown. By virtue of being the top seed, Manuel earned a bye but also was awarded a win due to a forfeit by injury.

Two freshmen joined Manuel in stepping onto the top spot of the SFL podium. At 119 pounds, Robin Callas earned the league crown by posting a 2-0 record and classmate Josh Cena did the same at 112 pounds. In the finals, Callas defeated Woodcreek’s Spencer Mason, who had been previously unbeaten in SFL action and was tabbed as the No. 1 seed. Cena scored a win over Roseville’s Dylan Jankovich, also the top seed, in the finals. Callas had fallen to Jankovich in the dual meet between the two earlier this season.

NU’s three champs will lead the Nevada Union contingent into this week’s section divisionals at Hiram Johnson High School. The top six wrestlers in each weight class will then advance to the section’s Masters meet.

Earning second-place finishes Saturday were senior Jake Cena and sophomores Trevor Painter (125) and Jacob Purdy (103). Purdy placed second by posting a 1-1 record, while Painter matched that mark in his weight class. Jake Cena won his only match of the day, but injured his neck and was forced to bow out of the finals.

Also earning a berth into the

divisional round were senior Patrick Beauchamp and sophomore Abraham Fish. Beauchamp posted a 3-1 record Saturday to take third place at 152 pounds, including one win by pin. Fish finished sixth in the 145-pound bracket.

Drew Hoskin, a sophomore 140-pounder, attempted to qualify for the divisionals despite a shoulder injury that essentially left him to wrestle with one arm. He nearly won his first match of the day, but withdrew from competition after the loss.

In addition to the success of NU’s varsity squad, the Nevada Union junior varsity team had two wrestlers earn championships at the JV level. Brian Armijo, a junior, claimed the 130-pound title with a 3-0 record with one pin. Tyler Szura, a freshman 103-pounder, won his league crown by posting a 3-0 record with two wins by pin.

Sophomore Justin Vojak went 1-1 to take second place at 125 pounds. Boddi Winegar, a freshman, went 2-1 en route to a third place finish at 135 pounds, while senior Rachel Skalinski finished fourth at 135 pounds.


Frosh: Rocklin 74, Nevada Union Miners 61

In a tale of two halves, the Nevada Union freshman team came charging back to outscore Rocklin 35-24 in the second half Friday, but fell to the Thunder, 74-61, after trailing 50-26 at halftime.

NU coach Dallas Wivholm said the Miners put together their best half of defensive basketball in the second half, limiting the Thunder to eight points in the third quarter. The Miners battled back with aggressive defense to create transition scoring opportunities with 16 defensive steals, and an all-around team effort with 24 points of bench scoring.

Leading the way for the Miners were Chris Porter with 19 points and nine rebounds, Frankie Thomas with 13 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots, and Trevor Gandell with eight points and three assists. Jonika Weerasekara provided quality minutes in scoring six points and inspired defense. Brock Kraus and Dillon Flores each recorded three steals to lead the team.

The Miners have two games on the road this week before hosting a makeup game versus Oakmont at Ali gymnasium at noon Saturday.


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