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Wrestlers advance at Sierra Nevada Classic

By: Staff report
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The Golden Eagles had three wrestlers advance to the second day of last week’s Sierra Nevada Classic, held in Reno. Leading the way was 152-pound senior Austin Branum, who finished second in his weight class. Branum reached the finals for the second consecutive time, but fell to Drew Smith, of Damonte Ranch (Reno). Branum lost in the finals last year to Chase Boontjer, of Foothill (Redding), but got redemption the following week at the Nor-Cal Championships. Branum has a chance to do that again this year with both Del Oro and Damonte going to the tournament, which starts Jan. 6 in Anderson. Freshman Zach Ruyball (113) finished in the top 12 and needed one more win to make the top eight and earn a medal. Sophomore Dylan Kainrath (118) medaled with a sixth-place finish and a 6-3 record. Del Oro will host Nevada Union in a Sierra Foothill League dual match at 6 p.m., Weddnesday, Jan. 11.