Roseville schools claim seven individual titles at SFL meet
ROCKLIN – High expectation yielded high results for Roseville wrestling teams at the Sierra Foothill League finals Thursday at Rocklin High School.
Woodcreek and Granite Bay each had three wrestlers win league titles. Roseville crowned one champion and had two second-place finishers. Each squad will send at least 10 wrestlers to next weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division II tournament at Hiram Johnson in Sacramento.
After going 5-0 to win the SFL dual-meet championship, Granite Bay battled illness all week. Johnny Cooley rolled through to the 145-pound final and took first place with an 8-3 decision over Eddy Egan of Rocklin.
Will Anderson earned a key victory in the 189-pound final by beating Roseville’s Ryan Fratto. Anderson lost to Fratto in their SFL dual last month.
“The 189 match was a huge match because they were both section ranked,” Granite Bay coach Shane Dixon said. “(Anderson) was the reigning champion at that weight class, so he’s a two-time SFL champion.”
Heavyweight Gavin Andrews clinched the final championship for Granite Bay. His only opponent was Nic Cooper of Rocklin.
Andrew Broadland (125) and Adam Wagner (152) placed second for the Grizzlies, who competed in all 14 classes and will send 13 wrestlers to the Division II tournament. Fourth-place finishers and above qualified.
“We’re going to take it real light and recover a little bit and focus on what we need to do,” Dixon said.
Woodcreek started on the right foot in the championship round with a victory by freshman James Gomez at 103.
“Our 103-pounder took first against a kid that beat him in league,” Woodcreek coach Doug Mason said. “That was probably one of our key matches.”
Josh Banegas followed with a second-place finish in a close 6-4 loss to Nevada Union’s Will Summer at 112.
Quinn Walker scored another victory for the Timberwolves with a major decision over Nevada Union’s Tyler Szura at 119. Woodcreek’s third champion was Peter Santos at 135. He ousted Granite Bay’s Phil Vogeley with a 7-1 decision.
Josh Kyser (160) also made it to the final and placed second to Foster Fretland of Del Oro. Fretland won by pin.
Woodcreek qualified nine wrestlers for the Division II meet with alternates in Andrew Zumaran and Kyle Morris.
“We had a great tournament. The kids did really well,” Mason said. “We’ve got to perfect some mistakes we made on some guys. Other guys are hopefully going to recover. Three or four guys were feeling sick (Thursday), and we’ve got a week to get better.”
Roseville coach Jeremiah Miller was thrilled with his team’s performance.
“We qualified the most kids … in I don’t know how long,” Miller said. “We have 10 kids going through to the next round, which is great. Last year, I think we had six.”
Dylan Jankovich won the 130-pound title with a tight 4-2 decision over Julian Purdy of Nevada Union.
Austin Finerty and Ryan Fratto also made it into the finals and placed second at 171 and 189.
Roseville’s youth stood strong.
“We had our 119-pounder (Brandon Fratto), who’s a freshman, take third,” Miller said. “Our 103-pound freshman (Robert Ferry) took third as well.”