Sac-Joaquin Section D1-AA, D4 wrestling previewsBy: Ike Dodson of the Auburn Journal
Last week was a conference cruiser that ultimately eliminated just 14 Sierra Foothill league and Pioneer Valley league wrestlers from the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason.
The real deal begins today, when grapplers in 14 weight classes vie for top placements at the D1-AA and D4 Championships to advance their seasons to the SJS Masters at the Stockton Arena.
Though eight move on from D1-AA and another four from D4, top qualifications are vital heading into next week’s all-division Masters, the last stop before state.
Today, the top wrestlers from SFL schools Del Oro, Folsom, Oak Ridge, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Woodcreek and Nevada Union face the best of the Central California Conference and Tri-City Athletic League in the D1-AA tourney in a two-day affair at Lincoln of Stockton.
Placer, Bear River, Colfax, Lincoln, Center and Foothill of the PVL meet wrestlers from the Western Athletic Conference and the Sierra Valley Conference today and Saturday at Central Valley High in Ceres.
Below is a look at each weight class for the two divisional tournaments, including top picks for each bracket.
Division I-AA Championships
State No. 14 Antonio Lorenzo of Del Oro suffered a set-back when he lost to Vacaville’s Matt Hruby (22), but he should roll into the D1-AA finals before a likely matchup with CCC champion Leem Kue of Buhach Colony.
Top three picks: 1. Lorenzo, 2. Kue, 3. Kumarartne (Rocklin)
Jared Horstman of Oak Ridge delivered a masterful performance in last week’s upset of Folsom’s Angelo Martinoni (both honorable mention). This week, Greg Viloria of West (TCAL champ) and Buhach Colony’s Brandon Mendoza look to steal the spotlight, and could meet in the division finals.
Top three picks: 1. Viloria 2. Horstman 3. Martinoni
Pitman’s Adam Velasquez is the runaway favorite here, but SFL champ Mike Mello of Oak Ridge won’t go down easy.
Top three picks: 1. Velasquez 2. Mello 3. Teague Dillbeck (Granite Bay)
Landon McBride of Del Oro and Oak Ridge’s Jackson Redhair didn’t face last week when Redhair forfeited the title match. They won't get another chance in Saturday’s finale, since McBride broke his ankle in practice to end his season. The senior was Del Oro's lone returning state place winner.
Top three picks: 1. Redhair 2. Trevor Mattox (Pitman) 3. Dylan Crawford (Lodi)
Perhaps the toughest weight in the section, this bracket is already nails at divisionals. Curtis Booth of Folsom should see the winner of a Chase Patterson (DO) vs Angelo Uribe (GB) rematch.
Top three picks: 1. Booth 2. Uribe 3. Patterson
Another great weight sets up a tremendous matchup between Pitman’s Isaiah Perez and Granite Bay’s Jack Ramalia in the finals. Lots of talent here.
Top three picks: 1. Ramalia 2. Perez 3. Jarod Mica (Folsom)
Del Oro’s SFL champ Clay Shropshire should run through this division.
Top three picks: 1. Shropshire 2. Mateo Samuelson (Golden Valley) 3. Arthur Clemens (Pitman)
Lots of depth here. The top two state-ranked wrestlers in the section Jeff Skyrud of Folsom (14) and Noah Blake of Del Oro (15) should see a rematch of last week’s SFL finals, but Blake has a tough semifinal draw with Turlock senior Andres Orozco (28). Incredibly, six of the top eight wrestlers in the section are in D1-AA. One of them could get knocked out in consolation.
Top three picks: 1. Blake 2. Skyrud 3. Orozco
Two-time state champ Isreal Saavedra of Granite Bay was sensational last week and shouldn’t be slowed here. Some solid depth here as well.
Top three picks: 1. Saavedra 2. Jason Berquist (Folsom) 3. William Costanza (Del Oro)
Senior Justin Burrage of Del Oro has a solid group to work through, but should emerge champion of his second-ever prep postseason tournament.
Top three picks: 1. Burrage 2. Johnny Juarez (Atwater) 3. Justin Medeiros (Lodi)
Seeds are up for grabs here, but Folsom’s Braedon Kavan should take the title.
Top three picks: 1. Kavan 2. Sam Williams (Tokay) 3. Jordan Jenson (Granite Bay)
The second straight weight class lacking in section depth leaves plenty of room for wrestlers to begin a big run to state. KC Kranich of Tokay and Folsom’s Dylan Crane should meet in the finals, a rematch of the Tim Brown Memorial
Classic title match. This could be a preview of the Masters’ final next week.
Top three picks: 1. Kranich 2. Crane 3. Brock Jeffus (Turlock)
State No. 9 Hunter Halverson of Del Oro still hasn’t distanced himself from last week’s SFL runner-up, Mason Roush of Folsom, who Halverson beat just 1-0. Halverson needs to pick up the pace this week in preparation for Masters.
Top three picks: 1. Halverson 2. Jacob Pavey (Golden Valley) 3. Roush
Del Oro state No. 8 Pablo Miller should roll through this bracket if he can avoid getting caught. He could see Oak Ridge’s Brysen Klinefelter, Courtland Morse of Golden Valley (CCC champ) or Leo Alcantara of Tokay (TCAL champ) in the finals.
Top three picks: 1. Miller 2. Klinefelter 3. Morse
Division IV championships
Livingston’s state No. 25 Chahal Rajanvir (WAC champ) is the clear favorite here, but Bear River’s Noah Danieli can manage a huge feat if he can reach the finals to face him. Danieli needs to win his first match and get by WAC runner-up Devin Holman of El Capitan to reach the finale.
Top three picks: 1. Rajanvir 2. Danieli 3. Holman
PVL champ Daniel Moon of Placer will have tough matches throughout his tournament campaign, but he can reach the semifinals and guarantee a top-six finish by winning his first match. State HM Luis Salcedo of Central Valley is the runaway favorite.
Top three picks: 1. Salcedo 2. Christian McEntire (Los Banos) 3. Damon Childs (Rosemont)
The WAC should dominate this bracket that includes PVL champ Gavin Sweeney of Placer. State No. 30 Jose Sanchez of Livingston is the clear favorite.
Top three picks: 1. Jose Sanchez 2. Angel Frost (Cordova) 3. Noah Mirelez (Patterson)
Lincoln’s Skyler Evans could steal the first D4 title for the PVL here, but it won’t be easy.
Top three picks: 1. Evans 2. Alexander Caudillo (El Capitan) 3. Derek Burton (Cordova)
This weight is anyone’s guess. Lots of Masters tickets up for grabs.
Top three picks: 1. Isaiah Jimenez (Los Banos) 2. Cameron Gist (Union Mine) 2. Jacob Rivett (Bear River)
Returning Masters qualifiers Jaden Martinez (Lincoln) and William Peterson (Foothill) could represent an all-PVL final here.
Top three picks: 1. Jose Castillo (Central Valley) 2. Peterson 3. Martinez
John Alba, the WAC champ from Ceres, is the favorite here.
Top three picks: 1. Alba 2. Tyler Eslinger (Lincoln) 3. Ethan Murayama (Center)
Noah Graham of Placer can continue his terrific postseason with a title here.
Top three picks: 1. Graham 2. Aiden Moore (Ceres) 3. Anthony Sosa (Rosemont)
State No. 30 Daniel Moskvych of Foothill is favored to win this weight.
Top three picks: 1. Moskvych 2. Andrew Marquez (Central Valley) 3. Drew Engberson (Bear River)
Another toss-up at this weight, but the WAC dominance at the SJS Team Dual tourney is an easy trend to follow.
Top three picks: 1. Gabriel Martinez (Central Valley) 2. Dillon Abel-Smith (Union Mine) 3. Jared Graham (Center)
This is a tough weight, but Tyree Williams of Ceres may be the favorite after winning the WAC.
Top three picks: 1. Williams 2. Adrian Badillo (Central Valley) 3. Jonathan Good (Bear River)
There are some big names at this weight, including state No. 27 Daniel Warden of Union Mine, state HM Isaac Qiokata of Foothill and WAC champ Daniel Fernandez.
Top three picks: Warden 2. Qiokata 3. Fernandez
Essentially ignored because of Lincoln’s light schedule, Lincoln standout Wyatt Dornbush makes his presence known here by beating Central Valley’s Jason Beckhart in the finals.
Top three picks: 1. Dornbush 2. Beckhart 3. Paul Banks (Placer)
The biggest likelihood for a SVC title is at 285, where state No. 27 Zachary Brazell of El Camino is the clear favorite.
Top three picks: 1. Brazell 2. David Lezama (Central Valley) 3. Evan Duran (Los Banos)