16 Feb 19
Lake County Record-Bee
LAKE COUNTY — Ten Lake County wrestlers — seven boys and three girls — advanced to the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Championships on Friday afternoon. Action wraps up Saturday at James Logan High School in Union City, site of the boys tournament, and at Albany High School, site of the girls tournament.
The top three finishers in each weight class in the boys tournament and the top four in the girls tournament advance to the CIF State Championships on Feb. 21-23 in Bakersfield.
Five other wrestlers — one boy and four girls — are still alive in the consolation bracket through Friday’s action and can still finish as high as third place on Saturday. Broken down by school, Kelseyville has five wrestlers still alive, Upper Lake and Middletown four each and Lower Lake two.
All six of Lake County’s seeded boys — No. 2 Junior Fernandez of Upper Lake and No. 9 Hugo Salazar of Salazar at 132 pounds, No. 2 Alex Garcia of Kelseyville at 160 pounds, No. 5 Jared Pyzer of Middletown and No. 6 Bryan Carrillo of Kelseyville at 195 pounds, and No. 6 Javante Gregoire of Kelseyville at 220 pounds — won their first two matches on Friday to reach the round of eight. Also making the quarterfinals was unseeded Lower Lake 126-pounder Tristan Day, who won each of his first two matches.
Fernandez, a section runner-up a year ago, beat each of his two opponents by technical falls — Ethan Atteo of Maria Carrillo 17-2 and Alex Pope of Washington 16-1. Next up for Fernandez is Ryan Truong of Freedom High School in the quarterfinals.
“After a little break from an injury (concussion), he is definitely back,” Upper Lake head coach Jose Ferandnez said of his son’s easy day in Union City. “He is on his final high school postseason march and he has it set in his head to make it a damn good one.”
Lower Lake’s Salazar had to work a bit harder than Fernandez to reach the quarterfinals. After defeating Ronald Martindill of Livermore by 10-8 decision, he eked out a 4-2 overtime win over No. 8 seed Ethan Floresca of James Logan High School. He’ll draw No. 1 seed Kyle Parco of De La Salle High School in the quarterfinals.
“His first match wasn’t easy,” Lower Lake head coach Ed Fuchs said of Salazar’s victory over Martindill, a match Salazar trailed 8-4 after the first period. He pulled even at 8 in the second period and broke the 8-8 tie with a nearfall in the third period.
“He gives up eight points in the first period and shuts the kid out the rest of the way. That’s pretty impressive,” Fuchs said.
Salazar scored a two-point taken early in the overtime against Floresca in his next match.
Day, the only unseeded Lake County wrestler to reach the quarterfinals, opened the tournament with a second-round pin of Luke Driscoll of Tamalpais. He came back later in the afternoon to upset No. 6 seed Charlie Cliburn of Ukiah by 11-7 decision. Day’s quarterfinal-round opponent is Cole Gregerson of Liberty.
Day’s win over Cliburn was especially sweet as he lost to the Ukiah wrestler last month in the third-place match at the Redwood Empire Classic in Ukiah.
“Tristan was pretty confident he could beat the kid,” Fuchs said.
Fuchs said both Salazar and Day are in a good position to bring home a medal.
“I think Hugo’s got a really good shot and Tristan is in a good spot as well,” Fuchs said.
Fuchs said he hoped to reach day two of the sections with three wrestlers still on the mat, but Mario Cuellar just missed at 138 pounds. Cuellar, wrestling in the consolation bracket after splitting his first two matches, had a 2-1 lead against Ethan Yap of James Logan with only 10 seconds left in their match when Cuellar was called for a penalty point for “fleeing the mat.” Fuchs didn’t agree with the call but couldn’t protest it since it was a judgment call by the official.
Even worse, Yap scored a two-point takedown with only one second remaining to beat Cuellar 4-2 and eliminate him from the tournament.
“That one hurts,” Fuchs said.
Garcia beat James Parisi of Foothill by 10-1 major decision in his first match. He came back later in the day to pin Jacob Campos of Windsor in the first round. Garcia’s quarterfinal-round opponent is Abdul Meskienyar of James Logan.
Carrillo, who finished second to Middletown’s Pyzer at the Coastal Mountain Conference Championships last weekend, pinned both of his opponents — Micah Curiel of Eureka and Jeremy Richardson of Jesse Bethel. Carrillo faces Justin Naugle of Casa Grande in the quarterfinals.
Gregoire’s road to the quarterfinals included a second-round pin of Tyler Emmanuele of Livermore in his opening-round match and a first-round pin of Rayvano Granado of Jesse Bethel. Gregoire’s quarterfinal-round opponent is Isaiah Chalman of Pittsburg.
Kelseyville head coach Adam Garcia said it was a good day for the Knights.
“Alex, Bryan and Javante all were pretty dominant,” Garcia said. “I felt really good about how they did.”
All three wrestlers are definite medal contenders entering Saturday’s action.
“We feel pretty good with where they are in their brackets,” Garcia said. “Javante might have the tougher road.”
If 160-pounder Garcia can make it past his quarterfinal opponent, his coach and dad said it will likely set up a semifinal showdown against No. 3 seed Cody Pruis of Heritage.
“Alex has wrestled him twice and won both times,” said Garcia, who acknowledged the last meeting was two years ago and the one before that in middle school.
“And he (Pruis) has gotten a lot better since then,” Garcia said.
While the Knights expected to have Garcia, Carrillo and Gregoire reach the quarterfinals, they had no idea Tyler Stottsberry, Kelseyville’s heavyweight, would still be around after day one, but he is.
“And we’re thrilled,” Garcia said. “We were hoping to get him a win or two and the kid exceeded expectations.”
Stottsberry is the only Lake County boy still alive in the consolation bracket. He finished the day with a 3-1 record.
After beating Alberto Arias of Elsie Allen by pin in an outbracket match, Stottsberry lost a first-round match to Jacob Sartorio of Clayton Valley by pin. Once in the consolation bracket, Stottsberry didn’t allow a point in his next two matches — he beat Christopher Valiente of Ygnacio Valley 1-0 and Poy Aguilar of Del Norte 4-0.
Pyzer scored a 4-1 decision over Miles Wycott of Cardinal Newman in his opening-round match and then beat Abtin Olaee of Irvington by third-round pin. Pyzer draws No. 4 seed Bryan Torres of Maria Carrillo in the quarterfinals and it should be quite the match, according to Middletown head coach Brian Hunt.
“He’s wrestled a good part of the season at 182 pounds and he moved up to 195,” Hunt said of the fourth-seeded Torres. “If he’s the No. 4 seed he must be pretty good because they just don’t hand those things out.”
Pyzer can guarantee himself no worse than a top-six finish and some sort of medal by beating Torres in the quarterfinals.
“It’s all up to him,” Hunt said of Pyzer, who has already received two section medals – one in football as part of Middletown’s Division V section championship team and a third-place medal from the NCS Team Duals in wrestling two weeks ago.
“We don’t know of any other Middletown kid who has won three section medals in the same (school) year,” Hunt said.
Lake County’s two seeded wrestlers at the NCS Girls Championships, No. 1 Adriana Lopez of Upper Lake at 121 pounds and No. 1 Jasmin Clarke of Kelseyville at 189 pounds, breezed into the quarterfinals as did unseeded 116-pounder Miles of Middletown.
Lopez, the defending section champion at 121 pounds, pinned Harper Moreno of Middletown and Kiana Columbell of San Anselmo; Clarke, the defending section champion at 189 pounds, had a first-round bye before pinning Brisa Gonzalez of Ukiah; and Miles pinned both Corinna Chang of International High School and Chloe Lina of Liberty.
Clarke, who was less than 100 percent because of sickness, had a short and easy day.
“That’s what she needed,” Garcia said.
Middletown’s Hunt said Miles’ first-day success was a pleasant surprise.
“Jayde is only a freshman but she’s a very aggressive freshman wrestler,” Hunt said. “I’m looking for good things from Jayde for years to come.”
Lopez draws Francesca Richmond of Livermore in the quarterfinals, Clarke takes on Marlene Lopez of James Logan, and Miles meets No. 1 seed Alisha Narvaez of Arroyo High School.
Still alive in the consolation bracket are Upper Lake’s Dena Loans Arrow (116 pounds) and Jessica Lee (170); and Middletown’s Ariana Forest (131) and Kylie Dredge (143).
Loans Arrow pinned Angeleen Martija of Pittsburg to open the tournament, lost to Dulse Chavez of Windsor, but bounced back with a first-round pin against Alexia Carranza of San Leandro to reach the consolation quarterfinals.
Lee had a first-round bye before losing by pin to Autumn Turner of Del Norte. In the consolation bracket, Lee received a bye into the consolation quarterfinals where she’ll need a win on Saturday to stay alive.
Middletown’s Forest had a first-round bye and then lost to Logan Pomi of Petaluma by third-round pin. Forest came back back with a win over Nicole Voong of Oakland to reach the consolation quarterfinals.
“She’s really wrestled well and she’s shown great improvement,” Hunt said of Forest.
Dredge, a veteran Middletown wrestler who has been plagued by the injury bug during her career, got off to a tough start Friday, losing Hailey Stover of Del Norte by first-round pin. After receiving a bye in the consolation bracket, she came back strong with a second-round pin of Karyn Quinones of James Logan.
“Kylie is a very aggressive, smart and strong wrestler,” Hunt said. “She has to win out tomorrow to go to state, but she’s capable of doing that.”
Between Pyzer in the boys tournament and Miles, Forest and Dredge in the girls tournament, Hunt said it was a quite a first day for Middletown’s wrestlers.
“I’m really hoping for four medals,” he said.