The Panthers traveled to Sierra College to compete in the North Regional, the qualifier to the CCCAA State Meet. Eleven of the twelve SCC wrestlers qualified for the State meet with the 12th one being an alternate.
Sac City put 3 in the finals and won just one. Bronson Harmon (Fresh-Oakdale) at 184 went in as the #2 seed but defeated the #1 seed Jhaylyn Hall of Santa Rosa, 3-2 with a slick counter TD near the end of the match. He reached the final with a Bye, a Fall, and a 9-2 decision.
Also in the finals were #2 seeds Abel Garcia (Soph-Oakdale) at 165 and Brian Horn (Soph-Rocklin) at 197. Both lost hard-fought matches to the #1 seeds and look forward to changing the tables this coming week. Garcia had a bye, fall, and tech fall to reach the final before falling 3-2. Horn had 3 decisions, including two 6-0 wins, before losing 5-1 in the final.
Taking 3rd place was Conrad Trevino (Fresh-Del Campo) at 157. He was seeded 3rd and lost a tough 3-2 match in the semi. He went 4-1 with a fall, 2 decisions and injury FF win.
A slew of Panthers finished in 4th place. Mikey Mello (Fresh-Oak Ridge) 141, Dylan Crawford (Soph-Lodi) 149, Isaac Bertalotto (Soph-Turlock) 174 and Steven Abbott (Soph-Orland) 184 each finished in the 4 slot. Mello lost a couple of shootout matches with lots of scoring on both ends. His wins were by fall and major decision. Crawford won a couple of decisions, but lost a OT match in the semi’s to put him in consolations. Bertalotto had a fall and a decision, and lost a 1-0 battle to finish 4th. Abbott had a decision and a fall but the two losses put him in 4th place as well.
Manny Curry (Fresh-Pleasant Grove) 157 took home a 5th place finish as did unseeded Ryan Harlow (Fresh-Elk Grove)133 and Jordan Denny (Soph-Folsom) 285. Denny went in at 185 pounds and wrestled guys 50 pounds bigger and still knocked off a couple of them. He won two matches by decision and one of his losses was a double-overtime loss. Curry fell behind early in his first loss. Down 6-0, he battled back to tie it 9-9, but lost on riding time. His second loss was to teammate Trevino. Harlow scored a couple of falls to pick up some bonus points for SCC.
Ryun Ortiz (Soph-VA) 125 finished in 7th and will go as an alternate. He went 3-2 including a Major and a Fall.
Fresno City won the team Championship and SCC finished 2nd, well ahead of 3rd place Lassen. We compete at Cerritos College this Friday and Saturday for the State Championship.