Sac City Wrestling in the Spring

Many of you are probably wondering what is going on with SCC Wrestling since finishing in 3rd place at the State Championships in December. Well, one thing for sure, you can get information much quicker if you follow SCC Wrestling on Facebook. Just go to our FB site and you will see all of the following stories in real time. Here is the site:

The annual California Community College Wrestling Academic All-American Awards came out. As usual, Sacramento City College is a front runner in these awards. So far, 5 have been named to the team and three others could earn it by the end of the summer.  Wrestlers must have competed in the post season and had a 3.0 or better GPA. SCC has more than 50% more Academic All Americans than any other CCCWCA team. It is something we take great pride in.  Here are those who earned the award:

Morgan Sauseda:         3.44 GPA

Daniel Larman:             3.13 GPA

Derek Lee Loy:             3.19 GPA

Tavian Del Rosario:      3.04 GPA

Trevor Wright:               3.50 GPA


Larman, Lee Loy, Del Rosario and Wright were joined by Keshawn Franklin as members of the BIG 8 Conferene Scholar Athlete Award. Only sophomores can earn this award. We lead the BIG 8 Conference in winners.

It is that time of year where we tip our hats to our Alumni who are completing their classes and programs at the 4 year level. These are the ones we know of so far. We are very proud of what they have done both on and off the mat. Congratulations Panther Wrestling Alumni!!!!!
Kenny Steers – Menlo College (CA)
Jimmy Luscombe – Menlo College (CA)
Logan Paxton – North Dakota State University
Albert Landeros – North Dakota State University (Summer 2017)
Hudson Buck – Dickinson State University (ND)
Taylor Hodel – Dickinson State University (ND)
Nick DeKalb – Dickinson State University (ND)
Tyson Kuahine – San Francisco State University
Mark Papish – New York University
Matt Bettencourt – Northern State University (South Dakota)
Will Upson – Missouri Baptist College
Allen Emmons – Colorado State University – Pueblo
Max Tsutsui – CSU Sacramento


From the Pacific coast of San Francisco to the Atlantic coast off of New York. What is even better…Tyson Kuahine of San Francisco State got to walk at AT&T Park, home of the Giants and Mark Papish walked in Yankee stadium. For me, those are 2 of the top places to finish their college career.


Ken Steers, Jr wrote:  SCC is the best program in “America.”


Mark Papish wrote: Wrestling for Sac City was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Coach, thanks for allowing me to be a part of a great family, and teaching me how to work hard.

The SCC Panther Wrestling team held their annual end of year luncheon. Got to see many if the team, their families, the coaches and some of the staff. We ate at Caballo Blanco then introduced the team and gave out our Awards. Alumni All Americans Jose Reyes and John Ming were on to help give out the awards. Both are in the SCC HOF. Great time.


Sacramento City College had its annual Athletic awards. Many SCC wrestlers received Accolades for Athletic and Scholastic achievements this season. Here are some of the award winners:


Most Valuable Wrestler:                                   Trevor Wright

Outstanding Wrestler:                                      Derek Lee Loy

John Ming Most Falls Award:                           Trevor Wright   (17)

Steve Niles Most Takedowns:                          Derek Lee Loy  (80)

Jose Reyes Most Inspirational:                        Daniel Larman and Josh Vega

Reeves / Soto Academic Achievement:            Trevor Wright and Keshawn Franklin

Captains Award:                                               Trevor Wright, Morgan Sauseda and Hunter Minton


Also, Trevor Wright and Keshawn Franklin received awards from the Arthur Ashe Diversity Awards.


Congrats to all for continuing the excellence on the mat and in the classroom.

Coach Lawrence Saenz did a fantastic job putting together our 2016 Highlight Videos. There were three parts and here they are:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Although this was announced in February, today was the day (March 6) the award for being a part of the CCCAA Scholar Athlete Award were given out. Sac City’s own Jason Tyler Zecchini was one of only 10 young men in all sports across the state that was chosen for this special team. His academics and wrestling earned the award and we are very proud of him. Congrats Jason Tyler Zecchini for representing our program so proudly! Also a shout out to Madison Butcoff of the SCC Softball team for being chosen to the women’s portion of this prestigious award. Getting two athletes in the top 10 is just an outstanding achievement for our athletic programs. We are student – athletes at Sacramento City College.

CCCAA announces Scholar-Athletes and Scholar Teams

Staying at Sacramento City College, five of the wrestling team were chosen to the school wide Young Men Emerging Leadership Award. Only 25 men on the SCC campus are chosen for this award. We have had many before and it is a great honor that the following 5 are now a part of that distinguished award. Keep in mind that there are about 12,000-14,000 men on campus. Congratulations to: Derek Lee Loy, Trevor Wright, Forrest Gray, Keshawn Franklin and Jordan Denny.

SCC Alum, Bill Fox-1977 gets a big congrats as his son Paul of Stanford just finished 7th at the NCAA Wrestling Tournament. He came in unseeded for the Stanford University Cardinal.

In early March, Panther Alumni Chris Vaughan was looking to medal at the NAIA Nationals in Topeka, Kansas. Now wrestling at Hastings College, Chris is one of 15 SCC alumni who were competing at the 4 year level this year. Chris did not medal, but we are happy for his huge success.

On another note, Panther coaches are showing their coaching skills at the HS level. Coach Lawrence Saenz’s son, Lawrence, Jr. Won his 2nd Masters Championship went to his 3rd California State meet for Vacaville HS. Ranked 4th in the State, he captured the 4th place medal at 138 pounds. Todd Dilbeck’s son Teague, finished 4th at Masters to qualify for his 1st State Championship tournament for Granite Bay HS. He did not medal, but won 2 matches at 126 pounds.  Both are just juniors.

Derek Lee Loy receives the CCCAA Athlete of the Month for December.

Some of the things we preach to our student – athletes at SCC is academics, athletics and family. We are one big family so when we send them to the next level …. and we send a lot… we ask that they take a group photo of alumni at tournaments. There were a couple of moments like that the last two weeks. The first photo brought together three SCC alumni. 1 from San Francisco State, 1 from New York University and the other from Oklahoma City University all met up at a tourney in Indiana. The second saw 6 Panther alum at a tourney in Nebraska. The final is Coach Pacheco with alum who are coaching. There must have been more than 12 at the Tim Brown Tourney but we had time to get 4 of us in the shot. Sac City Wrestling…see the attached photos.

With the SCC Panther season over we are focusing stories on our Alumni. Two of our Alumni in the MMA scene had big showings in early January. Josh Emmett (2005) won a unanimous decision at the first ever UFC Fight in Sacramento’s new Golden One Arena. He is 11-0 on his career and 2-0 since joining the UFC. Dream night for him.
Juan “The Spaniard” Archuletta (2007) accomplished something no other MMA fighter has done…he won his 3rd Title belt in 3 weight divisions in the same organization at the same time. He also has 2 other belts in his 12-1 career. He added the 135 pound King of the Cage title to the 145 and 155 pound titles he already owned.
Another alumni, Lake Gee (2014) also won a fight he was in this weekend. He is now 4-0 at the amateur level.

Another Alumni in the MMA is Tyler Diamond (2012). He is currently 8-0 after winning his last match in April.

If you watch The Ultimate Fighter, Danny Castillo (1999) was coaching for the second consectutive show and third time overall. Tune in to see Danny’s coaching in action.

Thanks for following SCC Panther Wrestling. We look forward to more great things happening in the 2017-18 Season.