State wrestling: Healdsburg duo finish sixth

By TED SILLANPAA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Two Healdsburg High wrestling stars took different paths to reach the same destination on Saturday.
Adam Hendrickson won his first two matches at 145 pounds on Friday in the California Interscholastic Federation wrestling tournament at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. He lost late Friday, to fall from championship contention into the consolation bracket.

Matthew Tsarnas lost his tourney opener, to the state’s No. 1-ranked 160-pounder.
After the loss to Santa Fe’s Joey Davis,Tsarnas proceeded to bull his way through the grueling consolation bracket throughout Friday.

Despite starting from different places, the Greyhounds’ stars both wrestled through the consolation bracket and into Saturday’s medal round — and both wound up finishing sixth in California in their weight division.
Hendrickson earned his third state medal in three seasons of high school competition.

“You come out of the toughest state championship tournament in the country with a medal and you’ve really accomplished something,” said Healdsburg head coach Scott Weidemier. “Adam’s the first three-time state medalist from, at least, Marin County north. They’re both pretty darn special.”

While Tsarnas and Hendrickson were the only Empire wrestlers to advance to Saturday’s action, they weren’t the only competitors to earn honors. Petaluma’s Tanner Berncich, who finished 3-2 in five matches at 195 on Friday, earned a CIF Sportmanship Award before Saturday’s championship round.
Hendrickson and Tsarnas end long, memorable high school wrestling careers as they began them — together.

“Those two guys have been the heart and soul of our program for years,” Weidemier said. “They have been workout partners. They’ve lifted weights together. They’ve traveled lots of miles to tournaments together and spent so many days together in the mat room. They both had a helluva career.”

Tsarnas and Hendrickson each needed a win in their opening match on Saturday to reach the final eight in their division and assure themselves of a state medal.

Tsarnas won easily by decision over Sultana’s Matthew Williams, 12-0, to claim his spot in the medal rounds. He went on to decision Poway’s Steve Cervantes to continue his quest for a spot in the battle for the third-place medal.

Clovis High’s Adrian Salas pinned Tsarnas at the 2:31 mark of the match to send the Greyhound wrestler into the battle for the fifth-place medal. Oak Ridge’s Keaton Subjeck defeated Tsarnas, 7-1, to finish fifth and leave the Healdsburg standout with a sixth-place medal.

“If I’d had to guess before we came down here,” Weidemier said, “I’d probably have expected Matt to finish about where he did in one of the toughest divisions in the state. He had an awesome tournament in a super-tough weight class.”
Hendrickson started his day with a convincing 15-3 win over Folsom’s Nick Figener. He went on to decision Righetti’s Luke Wilson, 3-2, in another in a series of close matches.

Simi Valley’s Sam Duchene defeated Hendrickson, 5-4. Duchene went on to win the match for third place.
Hendrickson then faced a rematch in the battle for the fifth-place medal against Central Catholic’s Ray Lomas. The Healdsburg 145-pounder had edged Lomas, 2-1, in overtime in the championship bracket on Friday. Lomas earned revenge Saturday with a 3-1 win over Hendrickson to leave the Greyhound senior with a sixth-place medal.

“Both of our guys are a little disappointed,” Weidemier admitted. “They both wanted to win a championship or finish up winning the third-place match. But, they’ll look back on this as an amazing accomplishment.”