Eagle grapplers win section Div. II duals

By: Staff Report
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A superlative wrestling season continued last week for the Del Oro Golden Eagles. Competing at Lincoln High in Stockton in the CIF Sac-Joaquin section team dual championships, the Golden Eagles swept through two straight opponents to gain their first-ever CIF dual meet crown. Del Oro opened the tournament with a 51-35 win over Casa Roble before coming back to take down Bella Vista, 41-21, in the final. “This is a really young group, but every big match this season they have risen to the occasion,” said Del Oro co-coach Dave Sanchez. “They have just performed. We gave up a few tough decisions and kept it close and that’s what we’ve been doing all season.” The dual meet championships win comes on the heels of last Wednesday’s 65-9 rout of Rocklin, which sewed up the outright Sierra Foothill League title for the Black and Gold. In Del Oro’s victory over Bella Vista, freshman Ian Gassaway got a pin in the opening match at 120 pounds. After two losses, Brendan Montoya got a pin for the Eagles at 138, but the Broncos won the next two matches. Del Oro’s Austin Branum won 18-2 at 160, which set off a run of seven Del Oro wins in eight matches. Dylan Kainrath got a pin at 171. Russell Pierce had a 7-0 shutout at 195 before Tanner Woods’ 7-2 win at 220. Del Oro won the heavyweight match by forfeit to clinch the victory. Isaac Blackburn added a major decision win at 103 and Jansen Engelbrecht capped the championship with a major decision at 112 for the Eagles. The Golden Eagles will compete in the Sierra Foothill League Championships on Friday at Rocklin before hosting the Division II Championships on Feb. 17 to 18. DEL ORO 65, ROCKLIN 9 106–Blackburn pinned Cole; 113–Engelbrecht by forfeit;; 120–Ruybal pinned Kunberger; 126–Robison by forfeit; 132–Dieour pinned West; 138–Demarce tech. fall Mackal, 15–0; 135–Montoya dec. Tyson, 9-8; 152–Neu pinned by Keese; 160–Braunam major dec. Gonzalez, 12-3; 170–Hillenbrand pinned Miller; 182–Kainrath pinned Gardner; 195–Love tech. fall Catabran, 15-0; 220–Woods pinned Grant; 285–Meneses dec. by Woods, 9-3.