SCL dominates NCS wrestling dual meet

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Led by champion Healdsburg, Sonoma County League wrestlers went home with all the medals Saturday in the North Coast Section Div. II (North Bay) Dual Team Meet at Maria Carrillo High.

El Molino’s Johnny Fuentes, left, beat Rancho Cotate’s Ty Brantley in the 147 weight class during Saturday’s NCS dual team championships on Saturday. Fuentes, who has a 20-10 record this season, including a 5-1 mark in regular-season SCL matches, came up short in the final but his team prevailed, beating Terra Linda, 39-31, to take third place. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

The Greyhounds defeated league rival Windsor, 45-24, in the title match, while El Molino downed Terra Linda (Marin County Athletic League), 39-31, for third.

On Saturday, there was also a similar Div. II meet for East Bay teams held at Castro Valley High School. Top-seeded Las Lomas won that.

“It’s a great day for Sonoma County League wrestling,” Windsor coach Rich Carnation said. “We showed the strength of our league.”

Saturday’s competition was limited to the top two finishers in North Bay large school leagues. At-large berths were given to El Molino and Maria Carrillo. Healdsburg earned the No. 1 seed by going undefeated in league, while Windsor was No. 6.

In the SCL opener seven weeks ago, Healdsburg edged Windsor, 32-30. This time it was no contest.

“We’ve improved from top to bottom since that first match,” Greyhounds coach Scott Weidemier said. “The guys that played football in the fall hadn’t even been with us three weeks the first time we wrestled Windsor.

“As the season progressed, our top guys continued to improve and the younger wrestlers stepped up.”

Healdsburg won nine of the 14 weight divisions, seven victories coming on pins.

Neither team was at full strength as Windsor was missing four of its regulars, while the ’Hounds were forced to use two substitutes.

In the first two rounds, Healdsburg had its way with the first two finishers in the North Bay League. Montgomery, the conference runner-up, went down 46-24 and league champ Rancho Cotate succumbed, 49-23.

Healdsburg’s top three wrestlers — Adam Hendrickson (142), Travis Arreguin (154) and Matt Tsarnas (173) — each recorded a pin in the finals.

Arreguin needed only 51 seconds to take out Matt Blumenthal, while Tsarnas worked seven seconds longer before pinning Josh Williams. Hendrickson, a reigning NCS champ and currently ranked No. 4 in state, needed 3:07 to defeat Dalton Mathia.

Tsarnas improved his season record to 29-4 and has his sights set on an NCS individual medal.

“I was sixth last year and I’m a much better wrestler now,” he said. “I’ve worked hard on my conditioning and I’ve learned how to control a match.”

El Molino competed twice against No. 2 seed Terra Linda on Saturday. The Lions lost 34-32 in the opening round to drop into the consolation bracket, while the Marin County team fell out of title contention by losing to Windsor in the semifinals (37-33).

Next Saturday, the SCL and NBL will hold league tournaments. The NCS individual meet is Feb. 25-26 in Newark, with the State Tournament following a week later in Bakersfield.

The Div. III dual meet championship was also decided Saturday in the Carrillo gym, and Upper Lake made history by winning the title for the third straight year.

The Cougars defeated Coast Mountain Conference rival Willits, 42-25, in the finals.

“Not bad for a school with 300 students,” said Ron Campos, who coaches the team along with Tom Cox.

“When we took over the team five years ago, three kids came out for the team. Now, we have 40 wrestlers in the program.”

Upper Lake hasn’t lost a dual meet in three years.

“It’s fashionable to be on the wrestling team,” Campos said. “We have a year-round program. Winning is contagious.”

RESULTS

High school wrestling

NCS Dual Meet Championship

At MARIA CARRILLO

Division II (North Bay)

Team results: 1. Healdsburg, 2. Windsor, 3. El Molino 4. Terra Linda

First place match

Healdsburg 51, Windsor 24

103: Perez Perez W pin Nick Newman, 5:07
114: Drew Esquivel H pin Ryan Tamayo, 3:25
121: Trevor Silva W pin Christian Flores, :21
127: Andres Torres W pin Jeff Grainger, :57
132: Ishi Silva W dec. Dao Jones, 8-5
137: Trey Saulter H pin Chad Gradek, 3:48
142: Adam Hendrickson H pin Dalton Mathia, 3:07
147: Robert Ramirez H pin Beau Thompson, 4:25
154: Travis Arreguin H pin Matt Blumenthal, :51
162: Dominic Mirlo H dec. Lorenzo Camerana, 6-5
173: Matt Tsarnas H pin Josh Williams, :58
191: Oscar Rios W dec. Marcos Anguaiano, 4-1
217: Max Manankin H won by forfeit
287 Eric Chaves H pin Christian Delagues, 1:59

Third place: El Molino 39, Terra Linda 31

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Division III

Team results: 1. Upper Lake, 2. Willits, 3. Clear Lake, 4. Hoopa

First place match

Upper Lake 42, Willits 25

103: Tony Lopez UL dec. Jose Arreguin, 6-2
114: Zeke Mendoza UL dec. Lorenzo Ramirez, 18-10
121: Travis Coleman UL pin Dan Bemish, 1:45
127: Nick Mai UL pin Dan Sciucchetti 1:50
132: Rio Nance W dec. Ward Beecher, 2-1
137: Robert Simondi UL dec. Anthony Lopes, 3-0
142: Nick Davison UL dec. Joe Sasso IV, 16-9
147: Bruce Tucker UL dec. Josh Allmon, 17-2
162: Tom Bender W pin Tim Duvall, :57
173: Zak Pykes W Trevor Warren, 11-2
191: Sam White W pin Andrew Frazier, 5:03
217: Bill Robinson UL won by forfeit
287: Quintton Boulds W pin Joey Valdez, 3:51

Third place: Clear Lake 45, Hoopa 41