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Wrestling: Del Oro’s Blackburn takes third at tourney

By: By Trevor C. Horn Special to the Journal
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By Trevor C. Horn
Special to the Journal
After losing to the eventual tournament champion in the quarterfinals, Del Oro senior Isaac Blackburn came back to take third at 106 pounds at the 7th Annual Tim Brown Invitational hosted by Foothill High School at the Sacramento Convention Center this weekend.
“We are proud of Isaac,” Del Oro coach Clint Madden said. “Right now, we expect him to get to sections and to state. And the best part is he does, too.”
Blackburn (32-5) beat the No. 9 ranked 106-pounder Perez Perez from Windsor High in the third place match 8-2, and now after wrestling in his last tournament match, he can rest up a little bit and make a good run toward Masters next month.
“I feel like I have a good shot,” Blackburn said. “My goal is to place in the top three (at Masters.)”
The Tim Brown tournament hosted 97 schools and 824 wrestlers and is considered one of the marquee-late season tournaments in Northern California.
For Del Oro, the Golden Eagles did not place any wrestlers in the title matches, but still took third place in team scoring with 114 points and had more medals (six) than any other team.
“We had a great performance,” Del Oro coach Clint Madden said. “We are a young team. We had one senior and one junior medal, and the rest were sophomores.
Along with Blackburn, Clay Shropshire finished in 7th place at 113 pounds, Jansen Englebrecht finished in 8th place at 120, Zach Ruybal finished in 8th place at 126 pounds, and Patrick Neu finished in 5th place at 160 pounds.
“We wanted to do better, but we had fun with six medals,” Madden said.
“We did well.”