VALLEJO — Fairfield’s Alberto Martinez stood alone among city wrestlers after Friday’s Solano County Athletic Conference championships at Vallejo High.
Martinez, competing at 120 pounds, won the SCAC championship with a 21-5 technical fall over American Canyon’s Matthew Manibuson.
“I worked hard for this, so it feels pretty good,” Martinez said. “My coaches, they trained me hard and my partners. I’m going to work on my conditioning (for next week).”
The top four finishers from Friday’s conference finals advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II tournament Feb. 15-16 at Del Campo High in Fair Oaks.
Benicia won Friday’s team title with 168.5 points, followed by American Canyon (144), Bethel (86), Fairfield (57.5), Vanden (56) and Vallejo (55).
Falcons coach Kyle Holsworth was more than happy with Martinez winning the SCAC title.
“Alberto did really well today,” Holsworth said. “He was seeded first and we knew that he had the potential. We knew there wasn’t too much competition for him in league.”
As for who Holsworth thinks will have the best chance of advancing to the SJS Masters Tournament in two weeks?
“Alberto seems to be the one to have a chance to take first (at sections),” Holsworth said. “The other guys taking third are going to have some tough matches. We’re looking to get some of these guys into the Masters.”
Other Fairfield wrestlers moving on include Mark Beckendorf (third, 138), Russell Sales (third, 145), Jesse Martinez (fourth, 160), Rito Gomez (second. 220) and Cedric Page (third, 285).
“Hopefully we’ll get with a MEL school (next week) and workout with them (before sections), because the MEL is much tougher than this.”