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Roseville scores huge wrestling victory over Del Oro

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The final score and an explanation aside, this wasn’t just any Sierra Foothill League dual meet victory for Roseville High School’s wrestling team.

The Tigers beat Del Oro on criteria Wednesday night, winning eight contested matches to the Golden Eagles’ four to decide a victor following a 34-34 final score.

It was believed to be Roseville’s first victory over Del Oro since the early 1990s, and Tigers coach Jeremiah Miller checked with multiple sources, including some in Loomis. It occurred against one of the perennial wrestling powers in the area and in its gym.

“Despite all those reasons, they stepped up and did what they had to do,” Miller said of his team. “It was amazing.”

Roseville trailed 18-6 – Ryan Fratto won by pin in 37 seconds at 191 pounds – when 105-pounder Robert Ferry began a seven-match winning streak with a 4-3 decision. Ferry wasn’t the only freshman that impressed Miller. Jon Maroon won by major decision at 114, Brandon Fratto by first-round pin at 127 and Vince Clarke by decision at 142.

Decisions by Dyllan Runner at 121 and Matt Conley at 132, and Dylan Jankovich’s third-round pin at 137 helped the Tigers take a 34-18 lead with Del Oro’s top three wrestlers waiting to go. The Golden Eagles scored two falls, but sandwiched between, Roseville 154-pounder Logan Palmer came away with an 18-10 major-decision loss to help the Tigers salvage the tie score.

“I was beaming before I knew we won,” Miller said. “I’ve never seen our team compete at that level, meaning every single wrestler had a focus and intensity I’ve always pushed for and desired but I’ve never actually seen. I’ve seen it on an individual basis but not as a team. It was astounding.”

Woodcreek 37, Nevada Union 36 – The host Timberwolves trailed the Miners 36-19 with three matches to go and needed three pins to win by one.

“I wasn’t that nervous,” Woodcreek coach Doug Mason said. “We either were going to do it or we weren’t.”

The Timberwolves did it. Junior Austin Mason scored the first fall in the second round at 135, senior Angelo Ciaraglia followed with a first-round pin at 140, and freshman Andrew Zumaran clinched the victory with a pin in the first round.

“Everybody was going crazy. When (Zumaran) pinned him, everybody was jumping up and down,” Mason said, adding that while Zumaran has been in the club program and isn’t a first-year wrestler, “It doesn’t matter. He’s still a freshman wrestling varsity. He looks around, we’re down by five. He understood what was on the line, and he went out and got it done.

“People kind of go, ‘Wow.’ We knew the quality of wrestlers we had, and the chance (to win the last three in a row) was highly likely. But you still have to do it. It was exciting.”

Woodcreek lost two decisions in the last 10 seconds and had two unexpected pins – a win and a loss.

Granite Bay 59, Rocklin 21 – Gavin Andrews made weight and made his season debut, and it lasted all of a minute and 52 seconds. The junior heavyweight pinned Nick Cooper at 1:52 to help the visiting Grizzlies beat the Thunder.

Andrews, an offensive lineman on the Granite Bay football team, lost 53 pounds over 15 weeks to reach the maximum 287. Coach Shane Dixon liked what he saw in thecaliforniawrestler.com’s top-ranked heavyweight in the state.

“He had good energy and balance throughout the match. He kept himself in good position from the start,” Dixon said. “It would not have been surprising to see a little rust and a slow start. Instead, he looked pretty sharp.”

Also recording falls for the Grizzlies were Shane Saylor at 114, Sean Brown at 121, Phil Vogeley at 142, Adam Wagner at 162, Connor Guzman at 173 and William Anderson at 191. Wagner moved up from 154 when a teammate didn’t make weight.

Ian Mook lost by decision in overtime at 137, and two Granite Bay wrestlers led 9-3 and 7-0 before being pinned. Another scored a near-fall before being reversed and pinned.

Bella Vista 72, Oakmont 9 – The visiting Vikings (0-3) fell to the Broncos in a Capital Valley Conference dual. Zach Sidhu “put on a real good show” and won by pin at 215, according to Oakmont coach Dave Wells, and freshman 130-pounder Kaleio Romero won by decision.

Oakmont’s Jake Elliott and Yianni Athens didn’t wrestle to heal injuries but were expected to be ready for the Tim Brown Memorial, which began Friday and concludes today at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. Elliott went 4-0 and won the 145-pound title at the Mark Fuller Invitational last weekend in Lincoln, and Athens went 4-1 and placed third at 125. Elliott’s recent surge has landed him the No. 3 ranking in the state at 145, according to thecaliforniawrestler.com.

SFL STANDINGS
Team            W L

Granite Bay     3  0
Roseville         2  1
Del Oro          2  1
Woodcreek     2  1
Nevada Union  0  3
Rocklin           0  3