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Vacaville’s Sweany takes home 2nd state wrestling title

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From page B1 | March 09, 2014 |

BAKERSFIELD — The Bulldogs finally have a two-time state wrestling champion.

Vacaville High’s Jeramy Sweany won his second CIF State title by defeating Gabriel Gonzalez of Washington Union of Fresno 2-1, for the 220-pound championship at Rabobank Arena, Saturday.

Sweany, 6-0 for the tournament and 58-1 for the season, reached the finals by pinning Cortes Morales of Clovis West in 3 minutes 17 seconds in the semfinals.

In the championship match, Sweany scored an escape early in the second period and was awarded a stall point later in the round, making it a 2-0 advantage heading into the third. Gonzalez scored an with 15 seconds left, but Sweany was able to hold him off for the victory.

Sweany had four pins in the tournament, giving him 99 for his career as a Bulldog.

Vacaville’s other finalist, Gionn Peralta, dropped a heart-breaking 5-4 decision to Sac-Joaquin Section champion Israel Saavedra of Modesto at 120 pounds, finishing second for the second straight year.

Peralta went into the third period with a 4-0 lead, but Saavedra cut it to 4-3 and then got a takedown before being called out of bounds with 2 seconds left and making the final score 5-4.

Peralta reached the finals with a pin of Jacob Donato of James Logan of Union City and had two pins, a 6-4 decision and a 13-5 major decision on the first day of the tournament.

Anthony Hernandez (126 lbs., 6-2) finished in seventh place for Vacaville after his 6-2 decision over Manny Lair of Poway. Hernandez started the second day with a 6-2 decision over Khristian Olivas of Clovis but fell in a 6-4 decision to Kristian Vasquez of M.L. King of Riverside in his next match.

Hayden Fry (145, 4-2) did not place after losing his second match of the day – a 4-2 decision from Gino Roman of El Dorado of Placentia.

Vacaville took fifth as a team with 90 points, its first back-to-back top-5 finishes after placing third in 2013 and fifth overall. Clovis won the team title with 197.5 points, followed by Clovis West with 118.5, Poway with 110, and Gilroy, the only Northern California team to top the Bulldogs, with 107.

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