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Rodriguez's Brandon Vu, top, wrestles Armijo's Isaiah Valentine during their 128-pound match at Armijo High School in Fairfield, Feb. 5. Vu won by pin with seven seconds remaining in the first period. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


All-City wrestling: Rodriguez’s Vu Wrestler of the year

By From page B1 | April 06, 2014

FAIRFIELD — It was a very balanced wrestling season for the Armijo and Rodriguez high squads this season, and a solid finish to a career for a Vanden High senior.

The Mustangs landed seven grapplers on the Daily Republic All-City Wrestling Team, while the Indians had six. The Vikings’ Brandon Dontogan rounded out the 14 weight classes.

Here’s a look at this season’s All-City selections:

Wrestler of the Year

Brandon Vu, Rodriguez: All Vu did was wrap up his career for the Mustangs with a trip to the CIF State Championships, winning two state matches before being eliminated.

Coaches of the Year

Mike Clarkston, Rodriguez and Cesar Correa, Armijo: Clarkston has built a solid program at Rodriguez and his success continued this season, sending seven wrestlers to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships and two grapplers to state.

Correa might have enjoyed his most success under his tenure at Armijo, advancing five wrestlers to the Masters and one to state.

106 — Darius Levan, Armijo: Levan wrapped up his final campaign for the Indians by placing second in the Monticello Empire League, finishing fourth in the SJS Division I-AA and winning two matches at Masters.

113 — Houston Scibek, Armijo: Scibek was also second in the MEL, finished fifth in Division I-AA and won a match at the Masters.

120 — Joemar Anicete, Rodriguez: Anicete finished third in one of the toughest weight classes in the MEL, finished seventh in Division I-AA and also won a match at the Masters.

126 — Brandon Vu, Rodriguez: Besides his two wins at the state championships, Vu finished second in the MEL, was third in Division I-AA and fifth at the Masters.

132 — Hayden Scibek, Armijo: This weight class wasn’t as competitive as in recent years for city wrestlers, but Scibek finished third in the MEL before his season came to an end.

138 — Malachi Estep, Rodriguez: Estep wound up second in the MEL and squeaked in the Masters after an eighth-place finish in Division I-AA before his season came to a halt.

145 — Jarrod Guinn, Rodriguez: Guinn became one of the wrestlers Clarkston could count on, finishing second in MEL and fourth at the Division I-AA championships before having his season come to an end at the Masters.

152 — Jorge Perez, Armijo: Perez couldn’t muster a win at the state championships, but was first in the MEL, third in Division I-AA and seventh at the Masters.

160 — Emilio Guiterez, Rodriguez: Guiterez won his first MEL title, was third in Division I-AA and won two matches at the Masters.

170 — Amini Kapapa, Armijo and Josh Weiss, Rodriguez, tie: It was a back-and-forth decision between these two. Kapapa defeated Weiss for the MEL title before Weiss rebounded with a win over Kapapa in the Division I-AA tournament. Weiss wound up fourth at the Division I-AA championships, while Kapapa was seventh. Kapapa wound up going 2-2 at Masters while Weiss finished 1-2.

182 — Brandon Dontogan, Vanden: Dontogan easily had the best season of his career, winning the SCAC championship and finishing second in the SJS Division II Championships before going 2-2 at the Masters.

195 — Isreal Colozza, Rodriguez: Colozza was second in the MEL, sixth at the Division I-AA tournament and went 1-2 at the Masters.

220 — Kris Elkin, Armijo: Elkin finished third in a very tough weight class in the MEL tournament and took seventh in the Division I-AA tournament before going 2-2 at the Masters.

285 — Patrick Ferrer, Rodriguez: After being injured earlier in the season, Ferrer came on strong at the end, finishing second in the MEL, sixth in Division I-AA and seventh at the Masters before losing both his matches at the state championships.

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Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.

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