CIF Wrestling Tournament: Hendrickson, Tsarnas shine at state


Adam Hendrickson’s dream of a state title died Friday, but he’s still on the verge of an amazing accomplishment at the California Interscholastic Federation wrestling tournament.

The senior 145-pounder of Healdsburg won his first two matches at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield before losing to Northview’s Bryan Salinas, 7-2, on Friday night to fall into the consolation bracket.

“Adam just didn’t wrestle his best,” Healdsburg coach Scott Weidemier said. “He was a little sluggish and a little conservative all day.”

Hendrickson, ranked third in California at 145, can’t win the championship but he can become a three-time state medalist.

“If Adam comes out of here with another medal it would be just an incredible accomplishment,” Weidemier said. “You just don’t find many kids who win three state medals in their high school careers.”

Hendrickson finished seventh in California as a sophomore and sixth in his junior season.

He needs a victory over Folsom’s Nick Figener today to assure himself of a finish in the top eight and a state medal.

“He needs to come out Saturday and just find a way to win that first match to get that medal. He’s gotta find a way,” Weidemier said.

Healdsburg’s Matthew Tsarnas (160) lost his opener to No. 1-ranked Joe Davis of Santa Fe, then won three consecutive consolation matches to move within one victory of earning a state medal himself.

“He just came back from the loss and gutted it out,” Weidemier said.

Hendrickson and Tsarnas are the only two of 10 Empire wrestlers to reach today’s action.

Petaluma’s Tanner Berncich (195) came within one victory of making it through the first day. After failing to qualify for the North Coast Section meet at the Sonoma County League tournament, then getting an at-large berth and reaching the section championship match, Berncich lost his state opener.

He fell to Oak Hills’ Robert Marchese, 19-4, before rolling to three consecutive win-or-go-home consolation bracket matches. He decisioned Saratoga’s Graham Grant, 8-7, then beat Orland’s Jake Funk, 8-4.

After pinning Capistrano Valley’s Juan Hernandez, the Petaluma star was two victories away from a state medal. His remarkable journey ended in a 17-2 loss to Frontier’s Jack Murphy.

The other seven Empire wrestlers were eliminated earlier.

“The pressure on most of these kids is to get to Saturday,” Weidemier said. “Then, there’s the pressure to just get to the final eight and assure yourself you’ll get a medal.”

Windsor’s Perez Perez lost his first two matches at 106 pounds. Casa Grande’s Jack Fausone won his opener at 152, but was eliminated with consecutive defeats.

Ukiah’s Chris Berg was defeated in his first match, but pinned Albany’s Daniel Larman in the consolation bracket. After a second victory, however, he was ousted in a 13-5 loss to Alta Loma’s Joseph Rodriguez.

The Empire had three wrestlers qualifiers at 184 pounds in Ukiah’s Max Oswald, El Molino’s Taryn Christiansen and Healdsburg’s Ricardo Sandoval.

Sandoval and Oswald each won once, but all three were eliminated Friday. Maria Carrillo’s Dakota Albaum lost his first two matches at 222 pounds.

Hendrickson needed four overtime periods to avoid an upset in the second-round win over Central Catholic’s Ray Lomas. Regulation ended tied 1-1.

After exchanging top and bottom spots for most of overtime, Hendrickson had to register an escape with time running out to win.

“He wasn’t at his best all day,” Weidemier said. “That’s a testament to his talent. He’s in position to medal and he didn’t wrestle well. It just caught up with him in that last match.”

Tsarnas also needed overtime in his 4-3 victory over Oakdale’s Dustin Harris.

“It was an example of the type of wrestler (Tsarnas) is because he had to score a point just to tie with regulation time running out,” Weidemier said. “He was just relentless.”

High school wrestling
CIF State Championships

106—Perez Perez, Windsor: First round, lost by decision to Gordon McDonald, Calvary Chapel, 6-2; Consolation, lost by decision to Vincent Elzalde, Brawley, 6-1
145—Adam Hendrickson, Healdsburg: First round, won by decision over Alberto Flores, Rosemead, 5-2; Second round, by decision over Ray Lomas, Central Catholic, 2-1 OT; lost by decision to Bryan Salinas, Northview, 7-4. Next match, today, consolation bracket vs. Nick Figener, Folsom
152—Jack Fausone, Casa Grande: First round, by decision over Isaias Diaz, Folsom, 6-5; Second round, lost by pin to Jorge Gutierrez, Santa Ana, 3:36; Consolation, lost by decision to Miguel Ruiz, Madera, 8-6 OT
152—Chris Berg, Ukiah: First round, lost by decision to Ranes Hassan, El Cajon Valley, 10-5; Consolation, pinned Daniel Larman, Albany, 3:28; won by decision over Caleb Alvarado, Exeter, 11-2; lost by decision to Joseph Rodriguez, Alta Loma, 13-5.
160—Matthew Tsarnas, Healdsburg: First round, lost by pin to Joe Davis, Santa Fe; Consolation, won by decision over Oscar Mendez, Alisal, 11-0; won by decision over Dustin Harris, Oakdale, 4-3 OT; won by decision over Jason Newcomer, Laguna Hills, 4-3. Next match: today vs. Matthew Williams, Sultana.
184—Max Oswald, Ukiah: First round, lost by pin to Jon Wixom, Chaparral; Consolation, pinned Luke Brewer, Bret Harte, 2:31; lost by decision to Paul Head, La Costa Canyon, 13-3.
184—Taryn Christiansen, El Molino: First round, lost by decision to Eddie Bernal, Northview, 6-4; Consolation, lost by decision to Danny Knox, Carlsbad, 9-2.
184—Ricardo Sandoval, Healdsburg: First round, lost by decision to Trevor Smith, Ripon, 10-0; Consolation, pinned Ryan Sarmiento, Palma, 2:27; lost by decision to Mike Tenorio, Firebaugh, 6-1.
195—Tanner Berncich, Petaluma: First round, lost by decision to Robert Marchese, Oak Hills, 19-4; Consolation, won by decision over Graham Grant, Saratoga, 8-7; won by decision over Jake Funk, Orland, 8-4; pinned Juan Hernandez, Capistrano Valley, 3:55; lost by decision to Jack Murphy, Frontier, 17-2.
220—Dakota Albaum, Maria Carrillo: First round, pinned by J.T. Goodwin, Bear Creek; Consolation, lost by decision to Deonte Willis, Pasa Robles, 9-3.