Del Oro's Ruybal named Most Outstanding Wrestler at SFL championships

Eight Eagles win championships
By: Journal sports staff
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Champions were:
106 Isaac Blackburn
113 Clay Shropshire
120 Zach Ruybal (also named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament)
132 Tanner Robison
145 Johnny Zieour
160 Patrick Neu (who in the finals avenged a dual meet loss to Will Sumner of Nevada Union)
170 Dylan Kainrath
220 Jon Francom-Clark
Placing second were Jansen Engelbrecht at 126 and Dustin Edwards at 138.
Placing third were Andrew Keefe at 152, Brandon Jeppson at 182, and Saul Meneses at 285
Placing fourth was Russell Pierce at 195.


The Del Oro boys wrestling team had a field day at the Sierra Foothill League Championships. 

"We qualified the entire team to next week's D-I Divisionals at Vintage High in Napa," coach Dave Sanchez said. "We had 10 guys make it to the finals and eight champions! One short of our record nine league champions in 1998. In addition to the eight champions, we had two seconds, three thirds and one fourth." 

To top it all off, Zach Ruybal, wrestling at 120 pounds, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler throughout the event. 

"The whole team stepped it up for these championships," Sanchez said. "(Coach) Clint (Madden) and I are very happy with the way the team wrestled in every match. They were all prepared and performed fantastic. This was a great first step on the road to the State Meet."

One of the most exciting finals matches of the day was at 220 pounds. Jon Francom-Clark was behind 4-0 when he escaped and took Conner Vargas of Woodcreek to his back for the pin and the 220-pound title.

Another great match was between Ruybal and Jimmy Gomez of Woodcreek at 120. Gomez is a returning state qualifier, SFL champion and divisional champion. Ruybal gave up the first takedown, but it was all Ruybal after that. Ruybal escaped, took down Gomez, put him on his back twice, and earned a 19-7 major decision,

At 113 pounds, freshman Clay Shropshire had to wrestle senior Sawyer Mosel of Nevada Union. Shropshire wrestled a hard fought match against the senior and came away with a 3-1 decision.

"It was also great to have both our team captains, Johnny Zieour and Patrick Neu, win their championship matches," Sanchez said. 

"At Del Oro, all SFL champions' names are put on our wall, and Clint and I are thrilled that their names will be on the wall forever, along with the prior 35 years of SFL champions. They have always been great examples as teammates and team leaders. Now we can point to their names at practices and continue to use them as an example."