NorCal Team Rankings by Ike Dodson, SportStars Magazine – January 4, 2019

Noah Blake (Del Oro, SJ)
Ike Dodson

1. (1) Gilroy (13 ranked, 153 power points (-7))

CCS – Northern California’s best wrestling team is still hosting intense challenge matches as the Mustang lineup fluctuates each week. Gilroy has the No. 1 NorCal wrestler at six different weight classes and finished runner-up at the elite Zinkin Classic Dec. 22. Ryan Reyes and Nicholas Villarreal were both champions.

2. (2) Oakdale (9-94 (+1))

SJS – Oakdale won its host James Riddle Classic and sports five top-three wrestlers in four different weights. Oakdale has two returning state finalists in Henry Porter (132) and Gabe Martinez (170). Oakdale brought a light lineup to the Reno Tournament of Champions and ended ninth in scoring.

3. (3) Vacaville (9-88 (-1))

SJS – Vacaville, still the SJS favorite, has nine ranked wrestlers and will bring a few more to score points at the SJS Masters Championships this postseason. The Bulldogs were fifth at the Reno TOC. Chris Island was runner-up at 220 pounds. He looks tough at that weight.

4. (4) De La Salle-Concord (10-85 (-4))

NCS – The Spartans are on the rise, passing Del Oro in team rankings after the emergence of freshman Darin Guerrero, who placed third at the James Riddle. De La Salle is again the class of the North Coast Section.

5. (5) Del Oro-Loomis (6-76 (NC))

SJS – The Golden Eagles are still a top-tier NorCal team despite losing two elite wrestlers to the Northern Section. Only six ranked wrestlers, including Noah Blake (pictured at top), make Del Oro a step above the remaining teams in NorCal, and a few others will crack likely the list before the season is over.

THE NEXT 10

6. (8) Liberty-Brentwood (4-45)

7. (6) Franklin-Elk Grove (5-44)

T8. (7) Sutter (4-43)

T8. (9) Pitman-Turlock (5-43)

10. (14) Evergreen Valley-San Jose (6-39)

T11. (11) Folsom (5-37)

T11. (13) Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (4-37)

13. (10) Turlock (3-36)

T14. (12) El Capitan-Merced (4-34)

T14. (NR) Elk Grove (4-28)

DROPPED OUT

15. Windsor