Valdez, Rogers guide Placer wrestlers at Sactown Showdown

By: Nick Pecoraro
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SACRAMENTO– The Placer boys wrestling team took third overall in the Sactown Showdown at West Campus High in Sacramento Saturday.


The Hillmen finished just behind first-place Rocklin (191.5 points) and second-place Patterson (128) with 117 points. Placer overall had 21 wins to just three losses and had four finalists – the most of any team participating.  


Joe Valdez had the best showing of the day for the Hillmen, taking first place in the 170-pound division. Valdez just needed a total of 1 minute and 34 seconds to win all three of his matches.


River Rogers also grabbed first place in the 145-pound division. Rogers, who had a first-round bye, scored falls over Natomas’ Mike Medina and Pleasant Grove’s Ryan Breakfield, a 6-1 decision over Golden Sierra’s Logan Gross and a 1:10 pinfall over Patterson’s Francisco Duran in the finals.


In the 113 class, AJ Ferreira scored two pinfalls and a 16-3 decision before falling in 52 seconds to McClatchy’s Tony Yuke in the finals.


Bryce Cook pinned two opponents before losing a 12-5 decision to Josh Pitts of Rocklin in the 138 semifinals. But Cook quickly made up for his loss with a seven-second pin over Edison’s Jeremy Baird in the third-place match.


After three straight wins in the 160 bracket, Tom Thornton was the runner-up to McClatchy’s Tyler Culp.


The Placer girls were 19th among the girls teams with two wins, three losses and one placer.


Abby Boynton drew a first-round bye in the 131 bracket before losing to eventual champion Makylah Lenz of Rocklin. Boynton then fought back through the losers’ bracket with an 18-second pin over Titaree Faksorn of Pleasant Grove and another fall over Lilly Garcia of River Valley to take third place.


Bear River’s Aidan Smith claimed the 182-pound division with four pinfalls that were all two minutes or less. Ashlyn Canizalez for the Lady Bruins took the runner-up in the girls 116 tourney. She scored three straight falls before losing to Rocklin’s Kayla Pflueger in the finals.


Bear River placed 11th overall among boys teams with 74 points. The Lady Bruins were 14th with 24 points.