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Nine local wrestlers head to State Championships

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From page B1 | March 02, 2014 |

STOCKTON — Led by three individual champions, the Vacaville High wrestling team won its third straight Sac-Joaquin Section Masters title at Stockton Arena on Saturday.

Winning for the Bulldogs, who have won the team crown seven of the last eight years and a record 16 times overall, were Jordan Aquino (106 pounds, 5-0), Anthony Hernandez (126, 5-0) and Jeramy Sweany (220, 5-0).

Sweany was the most dominant in the finals, winning an 18-5 major decision over Dominic Freesha of Escalon.

Aquino and Hernandez each had closer battles as Hernandez won 4-3 over Angel Velasquez of Modesto, while Aquino took a 6-5 decision over Benicia’s Christian Ramos.

Other top finishers included Gionn Peralta (120, 4-0) and Hayden Fry (145, 4-1), who finished second, the former because of injury default, and Bobby Ehman (132, 6-2), Steven Gomez (195, 6-2) and Mikey McCauley (285, 5-2), who took fourth.

The top seven finishers in each weight class qualfied for next week’s CIF State Championships in Bakersfield.

“I’m proud of the kids,” Vacaville coach Adam Wight said, “proud of how hard they worked, especially bouncing back from the loss at the dual sectionals (to Folsom). Sending eight to the state tournament is a great job any year.”

The Bulldogs ran away with the team points as they had 210 to runner-up Folsom’s 163.

Rodriguez and Armijo will also be sending wrestlers to the state meet.

The Mustangs came in 18th place with 40 points as Brandon Vu (126, 4-2) fell to Vacaville’s Hernandez in a 10-2 major decision in the semifinals, eventually finishing fifth.

Patrick Ferrer (285, 4-2) finished seventh for Rodriguez after a close 1-0 decision to Vacaville’s McCauley in the consolation bracket, later taking home seventh place after a pin in 4 minutes, 6 seconds of Nathaniel Moody of Ponderosa.

Armijo’s Jorge Perez went 2-1 on Saturday, defeating Benicia’s Tyler Kay 8-7 with a takedown with 5 seconds remaining in the seventh-place match to earn the last spot at 152 pounds.

“That was probably the most exciting match I’ve coached,” Indians coach Cesar Correa said.

One key to the victory was having a takedown by Kay in the second round waived off when the second official said Kay only had one foot inbounds.

Another was Kay being called for an illegal body slam with about 20 seconds remaining, again negating a takedown with a penalty point awarded to Perez. That brought Perez to within a point at 7-6 and he closed the deal with a high-C that led to a double-leg takedown in the closing seconds.

Armijo’s other competitor, Darius Levan, lost his only match at 106 and was eliminated.

Vanden’s Brandon Dontogan (2-2) at 182 had a short second day of action as he was eliminated after his first match.

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