SRJC wrestling: Eight Bear Cubs advance to state meet

By TED SILLANPAA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Andres Torres finished second at 125 pounds Saturday as Santa Rosa Junior College roared to fourth place in the California Community College Athletic Association Northern California Regional wrestling tournament in Stockton.

Eight Bear Cubs finished in the top six in their division to advance to the state championship meet that begins Friday at West Hills College in Lemoore.

“Our goal was to finish fourth and we achieved that goal,” said SRJC coach Jake Fitzpatrick. “We knew it would be very difficult to get into the top three. We’re very pleased with how things turned out.”

Torres, a former Windsor star, split four matches Saturday to finish second.

Ex-El Molino standout Brad Borges qualified for the state meet by finishing third at 149. Former Rancho Cotate heavyweight Bud Guinn also finished third in his weight division.

Four Bear Cubs finished fifth in their weight category: Ishi Silva (141), Eric Figueroa (157), Kaden Martin (165) and Greg Robinson (174).

Otilo Carrillo rounded out state qualifiers by finishing sixth at 197 pounds.

“I feel like everyone wrestled like we expected them to wrestle today,” Fitzpatrick said.

Still, some of the Bear Cubs did surpass the coach’s expectations.

“Silva was a surprise at 141 pounds,” the coach said. “We didn’t really think he could get that far, but he really came through for us. Robinson wrestled really well at 174, too.”

Robinson won three matches by pin to give him 21 for the season to continue his climb up among all-time SRJCpin leaders.

Guinn’s effort Saturday was highlighted by wins over two wrestlers who’d defeated him previously.

“He got some revenge and that’s always nice,” Fitzpatrick said.

In fact, Guinn wrestled for the right to advance to the match for third place against Sacramento City’s Paul Buchanan. Buchanan had defeated Guinn earlier on Saturday, but the SRJC star avenged the loss and finished in third.

Fresno City College won the event with 180.5 points, followed by Sac City at 137. Sierra was third with 130. Santa Rosa wound up fourth with 94.5 points, well ahead of fifth-place Chabot at 78.6.