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PREP ROUNDUP: Seven locals advance to state wrestling tourney
Sutter sends five, Gridley sending two
Seven Mid-Valley wrestlers booked tickets to the CIF State Meet after finishing in the top three at the Northern Section Masters Meet at the Redding Civic Center on Saturday.
Sutter High led the local contingent by sending five grapplers on to state while seeing five others medal at the event.
Alex Ingram took second in the 152-pound division after going 3-1, and Reid Melani took second at 287 pounds with a 3-1 mark as well.
Placing third for the Huskies were Hunter Minton (132), Chase Gildea (182) and Trevor Holt (220), each of whom went 4-1 at the tournament to lock up a state berth.
Also medaling for Sutter were Julian Kim (4th, 115), Zach Bell-Mathews (4th, 140), Gage Kim (5th, 106), Riley Vickner (5th, 172) and Mike Thompson (5th, 195).
As a team, the Huskies finished second to Chico.
Also moving on to state was Gridley's Haiden Johnson, who went 3-1 to take second at 120 pounds, and fellow Bulldog Jonathan Villapania, who went 5-1 to take third at 145s.
Other locals receiving medals were Live Oak's Kirk Thao (4th, 126), Wheatland's Andrew Gonzales (5th, 220) and Wheatland's Ryan Franken (6th, 120).
The state meet will be held Friday and Saturday at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
River Valley's Davis takes 8th at Masters
In Stockton — River Valley senior Jordan Davis turned in a solid performance at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet by taking eighth in the 182-pound division at the Stockton Arena.
Davis won his first match by technical fall and his second by way of a 2-1 decision. He lost his third match by tech fall, but bounced back nicely with a 6-5 victory. Davis then dropped two closely-contested matches to finish eighth.
Also faring well at the event was Yuba City junior Westley McMahon, who finished his day with a 2-2 record in the 195-pound division.
University Prep 3, Colusa 0
In Redding — The RedHawks' quest for a fifth consecutive section title came to an end with a shutout loss to the Panthers in the Northern Section Division III championship.
Colusa ended the year with a 9-5-5 record.
River Valley takes second at tourney
In Woodland — The Falcons opened their season strong by going 3-1 at the Cal Spring Classic over the weekend to take second place.
River Valley opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Nevada Union. Princessa Ceja had two goals and Ellie Tamez added the other in the victory. Karinna Recendez and Alexa Gulbrandsen had an assist each.
Recendez and Yesenia Martinez each scored a goal in a 2-0 victory over Mariposa, and Recendez and Morgan McIntyre notched a goal in a 2-1 win over American Canyon. Martinez added an assist in the win as well.
The Falcons then lost to El Camino 5-0 in the championship match.
Goalkeeper Vianna Recendez had a total of 24 saves and a shutout in the tournament.
River Valley 5, McClatchy 4
In Sacramento — The Falcons won three singles matches and won a doubles match by way of forfeit to earn a nonleague victory over the Lions.
Winning singles matches for River Valley (3-1) were Jacob Farmer (6-4, 6-4), Rahman Tabusam (4-6, 6-3, 10-4) and Ismael Ramirez (6-1, 2-6, 12-10), while Martin Flores and Cole Huth teamed up for a 6-4, 6-2 win in doubles.
The other half of the team lost 9-0 to Pioneer in Woodland.