Wrestlers prepare for NCS

By PHIL BARBER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

By the time wrestlers are seeded for the North Coast Section championships, everyone has a pretty good idea of their talents.

Which makes the end result no less of a guessing game.

“There’s always the human factor,” Windsor coach Rich Carnation said. “By the time championships come around, Superman could have the flu and have a bad day. It comes down to health, everything going just right and a big pot of luck.”

One wrestler trying to find the pot o’ luck this year is Healdsburg’s Travis Arreguin, who has the No. 3 seed at 145 pounds, as decided at Sunday’s seeding meeting.

Arreguin was fourth at NCS a year ago, and has been a strong pick to return to the state tournament this year (the top four section finishers advance). But he hurt his knee three or four weeks ago, and tweaked it again in the Sonoma County League tournament. No one knows how the knee will affect Arreguin at the matches in Newark this Friday and Saturday.

Other high seeds from the Empire include Healdsburg’s Adam Hendrickson (No. 1 at 135 pounds), fellow Greyhound Matthew Tsarnas (No. 2 at 152), Willits’ Quintton Bowlds (No. 3 in the heavyweight division), Santa Rosa’s Ethan Rosselli (No. 3 at 189 pounds) and Windsor’s Andreas Torres (No. 3 at 112).

Keep in mind that some league champions were not seeded, their commissioners knowing they would automatically receive good draws in the brackets.

While the boys are wrestling at NCS, several local girls will be competing in the state tournament at Lemoore. They include section champions Kayla Aggio of Rancho Cotate (138 pounds), Reyna Payan of Piner (122) and Molly Trejo of Maria Carrillo (146).

NCS WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Friday-Saturday at Newark Memorial High School

Seeded Empire wrestlers:

103: Perez Perez, Windsor, 3

112: Andreas Torres, Windsor, 3

Tyler Shuss, Ukiah, 7

Logan Fore, El Molino, 8

130: Blake Borges, El Molino, 4

Rio Nance, Willits, 7

135: Adam Hendrickson, Healdsburg, 1

Oscar Delgado, Ukiah, 7

Steven Walker, Windsor, 8

140: Jonathan Fuentes, El Molino, 8

145: Travis Arreguin, Healdsburg, 3

Jake Fausone, Casa Grande, 6

152: Matthew Tsarnas, Healdsburg, 2

Robby Hammers, Clear Lake, 4

160: Chris Berg, Ukiah, 7

171: Ricardo Sandoval, Healdsburg, 4

Anthony Navarro, Rancho Cotate, 6

189: Ethan Rosselli, Santa Rosa, 3

Matt Rossiter, Rancho Cotate, 4

215: Will Laster, Ukiah, 4

Jared Garner, El Molino, 5

Heavy: Quintton Bowlds, Willits, 3

Cody Torres, Lower Lake, 4

Eric Chavez, Healdsburg, 7