South Placer makes its mark on state rankings

Almost 20 wrestlers in state's top 40
By: Jim Linsdau
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SOUTH PLACER– One of the bell-weather websites for high school wrestling is The California Wrestler ( It tracks the progress of more than 40 of the state’s top wrestlers in each of the 14 weight divisions.


Thirty-three schools from the Sac-Joaquin Section had wrestlers listed in TCW’s top 40 as of Jan. 3.


It should be noted that much of TCW’s rankings appear to be based heavily on a wrestler’s performance during the previous season. For that reason, some high-ranked wrestlers are flagged if the site has not received any data on that wrestler during the current season. The flag indicates that wrestler will soon be dropped from the list if no updates are received.


Four section schools have teams that rank in TCW’s top 40. For the SJS, Oakdale, Del Oro, Vacaville and Franklin are currently on that list. DO’s Golden Eagles are ranked 12th in the state. Oakdale is ninth.


Five schools from the Sierra Foothill League have wrestlers listed on TCW and the new Foothill Valley League includes four schools.


Senior Noah Blake of Del Oro was listed as the No. 1 wrestler in the state at 160 pounds. Blake finished no worse than third in Masters since he began wrestling as a 152-pound freshman. The Eagles’ No. 1 mat-man was first at Masters last year and finished third at state.


In 2018, Blake also placed third in the Junior Nationals Folkstyle Championships at 160 pounds.


Junior Elijah Blake was ranked fifth at 138 pounds for the gold-and-black and junior Brenden Johnson stood at No. 8 in the 126-pound class. Sophomores Jed Campos (152) and Evan Ivaldi (132) are in TWC’s top 30 and picked as No. 1 in the SFL.


Other top grapplers in the SFL are Whitney’s Isaiah Schannep (120), Oak Ridge’s Gabriel Guzman (182) and Kaden West (195), plus Folsom’s Kyle Richards (220).


Other blue-chip wrestlers are Del Oro’s Adam Lowe (195), Folsom’s Evan Taylor (113), David Lopez (126) and Caiden Cohen (152). Also rising is Oak Ridge’s Preston Cobabe (220).


Potential spoilers are Oak Ridge’s Max McCarver (120), Granite Bay’s Kai Nimi (126) and Mason Wilcox (160), and Folsom’s Matt Kovalskiy (195).


The FVL is not quite as loaded the SFL, but include Oakmont’s Jake Stone (113) and Sean Myles (182), Placer’s Joe Valdez (160) and Lincoln’s Lucas Cook (285).


The Vikings also have two strong candidates in Danny Myles (106) and Stephen Lundquist-Brewer (120). Ponderosa also has a couple in Colby Cerros (106) and Riley Lewallen (160).