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Sacramento City Second at KLS Air Express Invitational

Postby Allen Brown » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:44 pm

Sep 22, 2015
Panthers Wrestlers Finish Second in KLS Air Express Wrestling Invitational

Sacramento City College hosted the KLS Air Express Wrestling Tournament on September 19th and came away with 2nd Place honors out of nine teams. SCC had 33 wrestlers compete in the meet. By far the largest contingent of all the teams. Always powerful Fresno City College edged out the Panthers by 9 points to win the 31st edition of the tournament.

SCC has 7 wrestlers advance to the finals, but only one came away with a victory. Five freshmen and two sophomores led the charge with Freshman Kaleio Romero (165-FR-Oakmont) gaining the Championship. Romero, seeded 4th, knocked off #1 seed Sebastian Sulkowsky of Fresno City in the Semi, then caught teammate and #2 seed Dylan Forzani with a spladdle for a fall to win the title. In both matches, Romero had to come from behind to win. He also had two wins by major decision. Forzani (165-Soph-Salinas) won by injury default, fall and major to reach the finals.

The other SCC finalist who all finished second were Hunter Minton (141-FR-Sutter); Chase Miles (157-FR-Sutter); Trevor Wright (174-FR-Winters); Robbie Nickerson (184-FR-Franklin) and Jason Zecchini (197-SOPH-Mt. Whitney).

Minton had a Bye and two major decisions to reach the finals. He lost to #1 seed Jonas Gaytan of Fresno in the finals.

Chase Miles took a different route to the finals. Miles was seed 5th. He won by fall his first match, then decisioned the #4 Seed to reach the semi. In the semi, he knocked off the #1 seed Justin Hill of Lassen by Tech to reach the finals. He lost in the final to Alex Aniciete of Lassen.

Next in the finals was Wright. He won by fall and major to reach the semi as the #3 seed. In the semi he met teammate Isaiah Smith (174-SOPH_Orland). Wright took a 7-1 lead and held on for the win 8-5. In the final, he lost to defending State Champion Mo Nasser of Fresno City.

The 184 pound weight class saw Panther Robbie Nickerson reach the final as the #3 seed after knocking off #2 seed nick Callendar of Cuesta in the semi. He lost to Taryn Christainsen of Santa Rosa in the final.

The last of the finalists was Jason Zecchini. Zecchini had tough matches to get to the finals. He put up a game fight but eventually lost to #1 seed Fred Duerr of Santa Rosa.

Seven in the finals was only the tip of the iceberg for the Panthers as many others medaled. Christian Carbajal (125-SOPH-Hawaii); Isaac Pilgrim (133-SOPH-Fresno); Chris Vaughan (149-SOPH-Mclatchy); and Isaiah Smith (174-SOPH-Orland).

Carbajal was seeded 4th and lost to#1 seed Adrian Camposano of Fresno in the semi after getting two major decisions to advance. He came back with a decision and a fall to claim the bronze.

Pilgrim teched his first match, but after taking the lead in the quarters, he got caught and pinned after taking the early lead. He then won 4 straight matches to claim the bronze. He had 2 falls along the way and defeated the Santa Rosa kid who had pinned him earlier to get third place.

Vaughan was the 3rd seed and finished in that position. After getting two decisions, Vaughan lost to #2 seed and State 4th placer last year, Isiah Alva. Vaughan scored to more wins to earn third place.

Smith bounced back nicely after losing in the semi. He had a Fall and a tech early and finished with a major and decision to garner the bronze.
A couple of other Panther wrestlers who earned medals as 4th place finishers were Carlos Alvarez (149-FR-Folsom); Derek Lee Loy (165-FR-Hawaii); Jorge Landeros (184-SOPH-Tracy); Bishane Sagal (197-FR-Oak Ridge) and D'Juan Ewing-Smalls (285-SOPH-McClatchy).

Alvarez won his first two matches by tech and fall before falling to the #1 seed and returning State Champ, Martine Sandoval of Fresno. He scored another fall in the consolation semi and then defaulted out to teammate Chris Vaughan.

165 was a loaded weight for SCC. Besides the two in the finals, they had two others in the top five. Lee Loy won his first two matches before losing in the semi to teammate Dylan Forzani. He met teammate Jason Ingram in the conso semi and won a tough decision before losing in the match for third. Ingram (165-FR-Sutter) finished tied for 5th.

Landeros lost his first match, then came back with back to back falls to get in for 3rd place, but ended up with the 4th place medal.

Sagal lost his first match by 2 points, then battled back to the bronze match. He lost to the same wrestler in the bronze match to finish 4th.

Ewing-Smalls won his first two matches including the #1 seed before falling to Chabot. He defeated teammate Ricardo Garcia (285-FR-Turlock) before settling for 4th.
Those getting 5th place ties as we do not wrestle that match were: Antonio Jimeniz (141-FR-Franklin); Ingram; Garcia.

Others picking up wins along the way were: Felipe Lemos-Servin (125-FR- East Nicholas);Josh Ploke (125-FR-Oak Ridge); Shaun DeVisscher (133-FR-Florin); Tou Vang (141-SOPH-Rosemont); Omari Batts (149-FR-Bethel); Ethan Morse (149-FR-Golden Valley); Keshawn Franklin (149-FR-Rosemont); Joe Beard (165-SOPH-McClatchy); Alex Briano (174-SOPH- Salinas); Tavian Del Rosario (174-FR-Hawaii); Garcia.

The Panthers head to West Hills College of Lemoore next weekend to try to pick up where they left off.
Allen Brown

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