Jaguars' Trunick wins critical match

By TED SILLANPAA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT


WINDSOR — Windsor High’s Seth Trunick won the championship at 126 pounds Saturday to help the Jaguars edge Rancho Cotate in a battle for second place in the Windsor King of the Mat tournament.

The team title was decided early with Spanish Springs, of Sparks, Nev., building an insurmountable lead entering the championship round.

Trunick defeated Sutter’s Zach Bell-Mathews in the final seconds of regulation, 6-5, as Windsor finished with 169.5 points. Rancho Cotate ended at 165 in team competition.

Spanish Springs cruised to the team crown with 258.5 points and four weight division titlists.

Trunick’s victory enabled the host Jaguars to top all Empire teams. Windsor had Perez Perez (106), Trevor Silva (132) and Cody Roe (145) all reach the championship round before finishing second.

Trunick jumped to a quick 4-0 lead against Bell-Mathews, but the lead slipped away and the match was tied when Trunick was taken down with just 17 seconds left in regulation. With time running out, Trunick escaped Bell-Mathews’ control to win.
“He shot on my legs and I didn’t sprawl well enough,” Trunick said of the late takedown. “After that, I had everything on the line and just exploded out like I should and escaped.”

Trunick wasn’t especially worried about the prospect of overtime once the match was tied.

“We practice hard and work hard and we’re in condition,” Trunick said. “I’m trained for that type of match. I’ve been in a triple-overtime match, so I’m experienced with that scenario. I know I’m stronger and more conditioned, so this is the type match I expect to win.”

Rancho Cotate finished behind Windsor in team standings despite having three weight division champs.

Brian Guerrero beat Austin Lee of Spanish Springs, 10-5, at 113. Joey Clay held off Dominic Merlo, 7-4, at 152. Anthony Navarro slipped past Hoopa’s Orion Cosce, 3-1, at 170.

Guerrero scored a takedown to break a 5-5 tie, then controlled Lee for the win.

“It went really well,” Guerrero said. “Once I got the lead, I felt like I was in control.”

Clay held a 5-3 lead but needed a takedown in the third round to ice the title at 152.

“He (Merlo) is a really tough wrestler. I knew it would be a tough match,” Clay said. “He’s tall, so I was surprised he tried to shoot my legs. When I started hitting my takedowns, I felt good. I’m honored to be in the finals and win.”

Navarro used an escape with 45 seconds left in regulation and a takedown with time running out to defeat Cosce.

“It was a really tough match and I knew it would be,” Navarro said. “I was pleased to come away with a win. In the last period, I wanted to wait for the perfect opportunity for a takedown and I got it. I didn’t wrestle my best, though, I definitely have room to improve.”

Healdsburg’s Eric Chavez defeated Willits star Quiinton Bowlds, 2-1, in a matchup of the top two heavyweights in the North Coast Section. Chavez snared a 2-0 advantage, then held off Bowlds for the championship.

Windsor’s Perez Perez came up just shy in a tough loss at 106 to San Marin’s Christian Lizarraga, 4-2, to open the championship round.

“I kept a faster pace,” Perez said. “I took a few shots. I thought the whole day went well, but I really wanted to win in the finals.”

Rancho Cotate’s Vincent Luis finished second, losing to Spanish Springs’ Curtis Lampert at 120. Lower Lake’s Brandon

Painchaud lost 3-2 to Spanish Springs’ Brandon Nauman in the title match at 138. Ukiah’s Max Oswald finished second, losing to Hoopa’s Jason Price by pin at 195 pounds.