Placer prevails, Thornton caps career sweep

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Placer High wrestling team was denied a fourth straight Pioneer Valley League wrestling title in the regular season. The Hillmen earned a nice consolation prize Friday by winning the PVL Tournament for a third straight season. Placer edged second-place Bear River and third-place Lincoln to win the tourney at Foothill. Senior Joe Thornton completed a career sweep at the PVL tourney, winning his fourth straight title – this one at 140 pounds. Thornton pinned Bear River’s Dallen Stone in the championship match. Andrew Naleway wrestled to a title at 125, pinning Center’s Salaman Rasoli in the finals. Senior Steven Cox also placed first at 171. He beat Lincoln’s Will Bish 10-4 for the championship. Senior Mark Looney was a runner-up at 152 and Mike Valdez was second at 119. John Medina (heavyweight), Mike Robinson (160), Zack Uvalle (130) and Alex Hostetler (125) all placed third. The Hillmen will send 14 wrestlers to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Championships at Natomas on Friday and Saturday. The Bruins brought home three individual titles. Juan Gudino won the 119 title with an 11-0 win over Valdez. Nick Sauers pulled off an 8-7 overtime win over Foothill’s Jesse Hernandez to take first place at 130. At 215, Michael Merrill won a 7-4 decision over Briar Litz of Foothill to win the title. Bear River’s Kyle Anderson (103), Jory Gemignani (112), Sam Aquilar (135) and Stone (140) all placed second. Colfax senior Vinny Correlejo dominated the 160 bracket, beating Lincoln’s Joey Ireland 16-5 in the championship match. Falcon Ken Mathe took second in the heavyweight division.