Grapplers from around the region and even out of state gathered this past weekend at Cal Expo in Sacramento for a two-day wrestle fest. The annual Tim Brown Memorial saw Oakdale take first place as a team with 251.5 points. Second place went to Del Oro with 208.5 points and Franklin of Elk Grove placed third with 182.5.
Not only did Oakdale take first place as a team, but they also had seven wrestlers place in medal rounds. Four Mustangs came away from the event as champions. Taking first place honors were Michael Torres at 106 pounds, Clayton Bashor, 126; Ceasar Garza, 152; and Seth Borba, 160.
Alan Casey, 113, and Jonathan Hernandez, 120 pounds, both placed third for Oakdale while Jordan Van Rys, taking the mats at 170 pounds, placed eighth.
“Another solid team performance this weekend,” said head coach Steve Strange. “The team is building momentum towards the dual championships and individual post season.”
The standout year continues for Oakdale’s Torres. The young sophomore earned a trip to the finals as he defeated Jackson Calvert of Franklin, and then defeated Kevin Lopez of Elk Grove by technical fall in the semifinals. In the finals Torres defeated Jonathan Nguyen by fall.
Bashor took first place by defeating Ben Murphy in the quarterfinals, Connor Edwards of West Valley in the semifinals and Devin Griffen of Spanish Springs (Nevada) in the finals. All of Bashor’s matches were won by decision.
Garza took home a first place medal after defeating Turlock’s Raze Sajjadi in the quarterfinals, Josh Provins of Roseville by technical fall in the semifinals and in the finals he defeated Rocky Raby of West Valley.
Borba battled his way to a first place medal as he defeated Matt Cioci of Del Oro, Ledger Petracek of Elk Grove in the semifinals and Jed Campos of Del Oro in the finals.
Casey suffered a quarterfinals loss to Zac Thompson of Palma, who went on to win the tournament at 113 pounds. Casey regrouped and took third with a victory over Julian Lizardo of East Nicolas.
Hernandez defeated Kyle Obien of Oakmont in the quarterfinals, lost to Damion Elliott of Del Oro in the semifinals and bounced back with a win over Yuba City’s Keola Abreau to take third.
Van Rys placed eighth by losing to Jake Griffith of Ponderosa.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15 the boys will travel to Manteca for Valley Oak League Duals at East Union. This event is scheduled for 4 p.m.