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Stafford cruises to crown

Senior one of four Eagles to qualify for state meet
By: Journal Sports Staff
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Del Oro High senior Jesse Stafford defeated McNair sophomore Jim Wilson to win the 152-pound championship at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament Saturday in Stockton. Stafford (44-3), who qualified for the CIF State Championships next weekend in Bakersfield, earned a 3-0 decision, winning all five matches at the tournament over the weekend to lead the Golden Eagles. Del Oro, which placed seventh overall as a team out of nearly 100 schools, qualified three other wrestlers to the state event. Junior Kevin Burrage (140 pounds) and sophomore Austin Branum (130) each went 4-1 to place third and qualify for state. Junior Foster Fretland also qualified, going 5-2 to finish seventh. Seniors Eddie Love and Dylan Blomgren finished eighth in their respective weight classes, barely missing state qualification. Placer was well-represented at Masters, but the Hillmen faced opening match struggles Friday. Senior Aaron Maddox won two matches at 135 pounds. Junior Steven Cox won his 160-pound opener. Seniors Dalton Richardson (125), Mitchell Maddox (130) and Jake Styler (heavyweight) all finished 1-2, as did junior Andrew Naleway (119). Bear River’s Juan Gudino won one of his three matches at 119 pounds. Colfax’s Vincent Corralejo fell to Stafford in their 152-pound opener and lost his next match.