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Rodriguez crowns three wrestling champs, wins Lou Encalada Invitational

Lou Encalada Invitational

Rodriguez's Brandon Vu tries to pin McQueen's Mike Paulk during their finals match at the Lou Encalada Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday at Rodriguez High School. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

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FAIRFIELD — The Mustangs are back to being kings of their own gym.

After two seasons as runner-up to Bella Vista, the Rodriguez High wrestling team came out on top at its own Lou Encalada Invitational Saturday, the sixth annual, earning 190 points to second-place De La Salle’s 142.5.

Armijo pulled out a third-place finish with 131 points, with Bella Vista (123.5) fourth and Folsom (122.5) fifth. Will C. Wood (88.5) finished eighth, Vacaville’s B team (79.5) was ninth, while Fairfield (24) was 21st.

“Our kids, from what I saw when I was out there, were wrestling really tough,” Mustangs coach Mike Clarkston said.

Rodriguez crowned three individual champions on its way to the title, with Brandon Vu (123), Ralph Carios (148) and Patrick Ferrer (223) winning championships.

Vu was dominating McQueen’s Mike Paulk 14-6 late in the third period before pinning him with 8 seconds left.

“Last year I went 2-2 in this tournament, so it feels good to be a champion,” Vu said. “It feels great. I’ve worked so hard for this. I busted my butt every day for this.”

Carios, injured early in the first round. was also in total control of his match with Bella Vista’s Sam Pfau, leading 6-2 after the first period, 13-6 after the second and he poured it on in the third to win 19-8 to defend his title from a year ago.

“It would have come (even) easier if I didn’t hurt my ribs in the beginning,” Carios said. “I did some kind of weird move and it hurt my ribs. It made it a little difficult to wrestle the rest of the period. “I just wanted to make my coach proud, he’s like a second dad. I work hard for the team and it was fun, too, getting gold.”

Ferrer may have had the most dominant match out of his team’s three champions, pinning Wood’s Josh Winters in the opening round.

“I feels good because this is my second year winning it, I won it last year, and it was against the same guy,” Carios said. “He’s beat me three times this season (at different tournaments). This was my match . . . to redeem myself.”

Armijo’s Terrance Saeteurn helped the Indians to their third-place finish, winding up second at 116 pounds.
Coach Cesar Correa was pleased with both Saeteurn and his team’s finish.
“We almost had our full team,” Correa said. “We wrestled well and had a lot of placers. I was looking at the seedings and a lot of our guys placed a lot higher than they were seeded. They all beat some tough kids. (Saeteurn) wrestled tough all day. He was like a three or four seed so he had to beat some guys just to get (to the championship round). He did well. I’m happy.”
Clarkston knows that a title at his own tournament as the postseason approaches is more fuel for the fight toward a run at the state championships.
“We’re starting to catch fire,” Clarkston said. “We have Armijo Wednesday, then we have a weekend to rest heading into (the Monticello Empire League championships). Coming off a tournament title, it’s a little momentum, even if it’s your home event.”
Other local placers included Wood’s JT Teel (3rd, 109), Armijo’s Darius Levan (5th, 109), Rodriguez’s Andrew Sta Maria (5th, 116), Fairfield’s Alberto Martinez (5th, 123), Vacaville’s Matt Brazet (2nd, 141), Armijo’s Damian Simpson (5th, 148), Wood’s Adrian Maldonado (2nd, 155), the Mustangs’ Jacob Cross (3rd, 155), the Bulldogs’ Zach Sandvick (2nd, 185), Rodriguez’s Mark Papish (2nd, 198), Armijo’s Kris Elkin (5th, 223) and the Mustangs’ Anthony Ishaq (3rd, 288).
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