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Oakmont's Elliott, nine others from Roseville schools qualify for State Championships

Granite Bay finishes fourth at Masters tournament in Stockton
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Jake Elliott won another tournament last weekend. Now, he’s one of 10 high school wrestlers in Roseville heading to the CIF State Championships on Friday and Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Elliott went 5-0 last weekend to capture the 145-pound division at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships at Stockton Arena. His record is 34-1 this season.

“It was a very exciting week for everyone, and it was great to see all of Jake’s hard work and dedication pay off at the tournament,” Oakmont coach Dave Wells said.

Elliott won his first two matches by technical fall and advanced to the semifinals with a 15-7 major decision over Lucas Price of Modesto-Grace Davis.

“It was nice going to sleep (Friday night) knowing that Jake had already qualified for the state tournament by reaching the semifinals,” Wells said.

On Saturday, Elliott advanced to the final by edging Ray Lomas of Modesto-Central Catholic 2-1, and he won the championship with a 7-3 decision over Keaton Subjeck of Oak Ridge.

Granite Bay finished fourth in points and qualified the most wrestlers from a Roseville school with five, including 285-pound runner-up Gavin Andrews. The junior, who finished fifth in the state last season, recorded two pins, a technical fall and a decision to advance to the final, where he lost by 12-2 major decision to Vacaville’s Johnny Schupp.

Also qualifying for state from Granite Bay were Adam Wagner (fifth place at 152 pounds) and sixth-place finishers Johnny Cooley (145), William Anderson (189) and Andrew Broadland (125).

Wagner started 3-0 in the tournament before losing in the semifinals 5-3 to eventual champ Kevin Burrage of Del Oro.

Anderson registered three consecutive falls but lost to eventual champ Jordan Sepeda of Natomas 11-4 in the semifinals.

Cooley started 1-1 and then won four consecutive consolation matches, including a fall and back-to-back major decisions, before being pinned by defending state champ David Ferry of Oakdale.

Broadland twice followed a victory by fall with a close decision. He also lost two decisions to Tyler Klinkhammer of Turlock-Pitman, including 9-2 in the fifth-place match.

Woodcreek qualified three wrestlers for the state meet. Quinn Walker finished fourth at 119, and Peter Santos (135) and Angelo Ciaraglia (140) finished fifth. It will be the first trip to Bakersfield for Walker and Ciaraglia. Santos qualified last year as a freshman.

Walker recorded two technical falls and a major decision before losing by technical fall to eventual champ Martin Ramirez of Elk Grove.

Santos won by pin and technical fall before losing 8-6 in the quarterfinals. He won his first two matches Saturday before losing 10-9.

Ciaraglia won his first three matches before losing to eventual champ Austin Branum of Del Oro 9-2 in the semifinals.

Woodcreek freshman James Gomez won his first two matches and then lost in the quarterfinals to eventual 103-pound champion Emilio Saavedra of Pitman by first-round pin. Gomez then lost in the medal-deciding round.

“If you win, you get at least eighth. If you lose, you are out,” coach Doug Mason said of Gomez. “He had a great season, and we are very proud of him.”

Roseville senior Dylan Jankovich qualified as the runner-up at 130 pounds. Jankovich won by 15-0 technical fall, by third-round pin and by 6-2 decision before beating Andrew Perez of Pitman 7-6 in the semifinals. Perez was ranked fifth in the state, according to Roseville coach Jeremiah Miller.

Jankovich met Shayne Tucker of Bella Vista in a repeat of the Division II championship match a week earlier. Tucker won again, this time by 11-1 major decision.

Oakdale won the team championship with 197 points. Vacaville was second with 184.5, followed by Elk Grove with 131.5 and Granite Bay with 98.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com.