Wednesday’s prep wrestling roundup

By RICHARD MARCUS
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

HEALDSBURG 54, EL MOLINO 18

Healdsburg won the much-anticipated Sonoma County League wrestling showdown at El Molino High on Wednesday night by a runaway score of 54-18.

The Greyhounds (6-0 in league) finish out the SCL dual-meet season on top and go into next week’s league tournament as the favorites, especially since they will be hosting the event.

“It was a surprise, I didn’t expect it to be that kind of a match,” Healdsburg coach Scott Weidemier said of the win over previously unbeaten El Molino (5-1).

“The kids were really fired up tonight,” Weidemier added, “and I’m really happy how they approached the match. They came in here ready to go.”

The Greyhounds took charge immediately, winning the first four matches and five of the first six for an early 30-6 lead. Healdsburg won the 222-pound division by forfeit and then won the heavyweight match when Ricco Vasquez pinned El Molino’s Gustavo Vargas in the second round.

“El Mo expected to win the heavyweight match and it was a bit of a surprise we won and that started the ball rolling,” Weidemier said. “Our guys really handled the El Molino crowd well.”

Healdsburg’s Matias Lopez won at 108 pounds with a third-round pin, and teammate Sam Williams won a 4-0 decision at 128 pounds. Another critical win for Healdsburg was Joel Anguiano beating the Lions’ Eric Grejeda in a 7-5 decision at 147 pounds.

SONOMA VALLEY 45, PINER 22

Only four matches took place and each team won two of them. The two winners for Sonoma (2-4) were Nick Biaggi (132 pounds) and Jake Randuch (152). The other 10 matches were forfeits.

“We don’t have the lightweights and Piner (now 0-6) doesn’t have the heavyweights, so we swapped forfeits,” Sonoma coach Tony Albini said. “It was a tough league season for us but we ended on an up note.”

UKIAH 36, CARDINAL NEWMAN 34

The host Wildcats (5-2) clinched second place in the NBL by virtue of a head-to-head win over the Cardinals (5-2).

Ukiah led 36-15 before Cardinal Newman came back to win the final four matches. Fortunately for Ukiah, the Cardinals needed to win all four of those matches by pins to win the dual meet, but got only two.

The decisive match was at 120 pounds. Ukiah’s Dakota Perez lost to Cardinal Newman’s Kyle Smith 10-2 but avoided the pin to seal the Wildcats’ win.

“Once we didn’t get pinned at 120 pounds, we won the match and our guy (Perez) was on his back a whole lot,” Ukiah coach Thomas Fragoza said. “The reason we won tonight is because we won the coin flip and got to choose who wrestled first.”

MARIA CARRILLO 63, MONTGOMERY 18

Maria Carrillo (4-3) defeated Montgomery (1-6), 63-18. There were nine forfeited matches, all by the undermanned Vikings (1-6).

Of the five matches wrestled, the Pumas (4-3) won two, with R.J. Sedik (152) and Ben Claiche (184) scoring points for the Pumas. Carrillo coach Tim Bruce said he had two wrestlers hurt and one out sick and those were the three matches the Pumas lost.

“It’s a win on paper but I don’t think we performed to what we are capable of tonight,” Bruce said.

RANCHO COTATE 42, SANTA ROSA 33

“It was a back-and-forth match,” Rancho coach Damien Mason said of the victory over Santa Rosa (0-7). “Ending our dual meet season with a win is a great way to finish.”

Winners for the Cougars (2-5) included Brady Englehorn (122 pounds) and Garrett Breen (160), both victories coming via pins.

WINDSOR 73, CASA GRANDE 0

The Jaguars (7-0) won the NBL championship and wrapped up the dual-meet season in impressive fashion, cruising past the Gauchos (4-3).

“All of our seniors won on seniors night and we are on track to meet our goals,” Windsor coach Rich Carnation said. “Going undefeated in league was one of our goals.”

The North Coast Section Dual Team Championships will be held Saturday in San Rafael.

The top two finishers in the NBL (Windsor, Ukiah) and SCL (Healdsburg, El Molino) automatically qualify.