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Del Oro boys wrestling team can win SFL title next week

By: Special to the Journal
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With a 59-20 victory at Nevada Union Wednesday night, the Del Oro boys wrestling team has now put itself in position to win the Sierra Foothill League title next week at Granite Bay. 
Starting out at 106 pounds on Wednesday, Landon McBride won by tech fall 19-2. Then moving up a weight class from his normal 106, Isaac Blackburn pinned Sawyer Mosel at 113s. 
With Clay Shropshire out of the lineup with an injury, Jake Vargas filled in against a tough Nevada Union wrestler. He kept it close enough to only give up three-team points as he lost a 6-0 decision. 
Next at 126, Jansen Engelbrecht pinned his opponent in the first round. Then at 132, Zach Ruybal went out and also got a first round pin. At 138, Tanner Robison got a second round pin. In a 145-pound match, Dustin Edwards pinned his opponent in the first round.
The next 2 matches went Nevada Union’s way as Andrew Keefe (152) gave up a tech fall against returning masters champion Johnny Callas. At 160, Patrick Neu had a quick pin called against him. 
Brandon Jeppson pinned his opponent in the first round at 170. At 182 Dylan Kainrath did the same, with a first round pin. 
After leading the first two rounds, 195-pounder Russell Pierce was pinned in the third, which of course really excited the NU fans. 
Then at 220, Jon Francom-Clark had to fight off his back early in the first round. Down 5-0, he reversed his opponent to his back for the pin and the win. At heavyweights, Saul Meneses pinned his opponent in the first round to make the final score 59-20. 
The Del Oro varsity team is idle this weekend as the school hosts its 27th annual JV tournament.