Boys wrestling: Perez, Klee steal spotlight in Windsor romp

By TED SILLANPAA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

WINDSOR — The two brightest stars on the Empire high school horizon put their talents on display under one roof Wednesday night.

Windsor’s Perez Perez won easily at 122 pounds, after Cardinal Newman’s P.J. Klee quickly pinned his foe at 154.

Windsor, missing four starters from its lineup, cruised to a 66-17 North Bay League victory over the visitors.

It’s a team sport, but Perez and Klee have earned a spotlight to themselves.

Perez is ranked seventh in the state by The California Wrestler website at 115 pounds. The senior, who earned a spot in the CIF state meet last year, has been accepted to potentially attend Oregon State next year.

“I’m still undecided about where I’ll go to college,” Perez said, admitting that being accepted by a college with a powerful NCAA Division I wrestling program is appealing.

Perez won the Tim Brown Memorial Invitational at 115 to remain unbeaten in that weight division this year. He will represent California in the Oregon vs. California dual meet following the CIF meet. The meet features top senior wrestlers in the two states.

“It’s a real honor to be chosen,” Perez said. “It’ll be a great way to end the season after the state meet.”

Klee, ranked second in California at 138 pounds by The California Wrestler, wrestled up two divisions to win the Tim Brown Memorial.

The senior, bound for the U.S. Military Academy, is ranked second in the state by The California Wrestler at 138.

“I’m getting close to peaking,” Klee said Wednesday night. “In a couple of weeks, I’ll be ready for postseason tournaments.”

Perez leads the Windsor powerhouse. Klee’s the standout for a good, but still young, Cardinal Newman team. They both wrestle league matches knowing they face their biggest challenges in the postseason.

“It’s hard sometimes to get up for league matches,” Klee said. “I try to help our younger wrestlers and inspire them. We’ve got some really good young guys who are going to be really tough. I’m here for them.”

Windsor’s Perez is careful to pay no attention to records and rankings.

“I treat every match the same way. I have the same routine every time. I was taught not to overlook anybody. That’s when you get into trouble and lose. It can happen really fast if you overlook someone.”

Cardinal Newman got wins from Michael Klee (147) and Joey Frazier (140), but Windsor dominated otherwise. Brandon Potts (108), Austin Wilson (115), Perez, Noah Au-Yeung (128), Dominic DuCharma (134) and Paris Henry (22) won by pin.

“We got good performances by some varsity reserve kids,” Jaguars coach Rich Carnation said. “Luke Au-Yeung is a freshman and Ethan King’s a sophomore who wrestled really tough kids well in losses.”

The injury bug should be beaten by the time the NBL and North Coast Section tournaments arrive. “If we have all our kids and they’re healthy, we’ll have a great team,” Carnation said.

AT WINDSOR

Windsor 66, Cardinal Newman 17

108: Brandon Potts (W) p. Connor Gilmartin

115: Auston Wilson (W) p. Lorenzo Martin

122: Perez Perez (W) p. Mason Levinson

128: Noah Au-Yeung (W) p. Kyle Smith

134: Dominic DuCharma (W) p. Jake Butler

140: Joey Frazer (CN) p. Ethan King

147: Michael Klee (CN) TF Luke Au-Yeung

154: Beau Colombini (W) won by forfeit

162: PJ Klee (CN) p. Rob Waller

172: Joe Valdez (W) p. Rylee Formway

184: Anthony Spallino (W) won by forfeit

197: Kevin Correria (W) won by forfeit

222: Paris Henry (W) p. Sean Mayer

287: Anthony Mayorga (W) won by forfeit

JV: Windsor 16, CN 3

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