Keaton Subjeck wins state Jr. High wrestling title

By: Matt Long
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Benjamin West has been around the El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club since it was organized at the beginning of the decade and he hasn’t seen a better wrestler than Keaton Subjeck. Subjeck, 13, lived up to his talent and skill level on Saturday, as he won the 124-pound weight class at the Junior High State Championships held at Fresno City College. Subjeck entered the tournament as the top seed and won all three of his matches convincingly, becoming the first wrestler from the club to win a state title. “I knew it was my last match as a middle school wrestler and I was feeling great to win a state championship,” Subjeck said. “I was really excited. I was second the previous week at the TOC at Del Oro and my goal was to win the state tournament and I did.” West, one of several of Subjeck’s coaches, was impressed with his performance. “It was really fun to watch,” West said. “He was so physical that he looked more like a college wrestler than he did a high school or middle school wrestler. He was so dominating.” Subjeck, an eighth-grader at Marina Village Middle School who’s been wrestling for five years, started the tournament with a 14-1 win. He then pinned his second opponent in only 30 seconds before his 15-3 win in the final against D.J. Lopez of Bakersfield, who pinned his opponent in the semifinals. “I got to see him wrestle in the semis and saw that he had the same type of body that I had,” Subjeck said. “I saw one of his best moves, a chin whip, and I knew I had to stay strong and finish my shots.” Subjeck led 2-1 after the first period but then dominated the rest of the match. “I thought that it was going to be a challenging match, but Keaton just attacked and was on the guy’s head,” West said. “He was always in better position. Keaton said he beat him on his feet and he did, but he also turned him and put him on his back and that’s not easy to do.” With the win Subjeck earned a medal, as well as the bracket to take home, as he was the best of the 13 wrestlers in the weight class. “Keaton’s got such a deep knowledge of the sport and his technique is so good,” West said. “He’s also focused on developing his physical fitness and his body and when you have a strong body and strong technique, you’re going to dominate. “There’s no question he’s the top wrestler as an eighth grader who’s been though the El Dorado Hills Wrestling Club. He’s a step above our other elite kids when they were in eighth grade.” Another El Dorado Hills resident, Brandon Dishno, competed in the 130-pound weight class and came within one win of placing in the tournament. Dishno, an eighth grader at Golden Hills School, won his first match by a 15-point technical fall, which doesn’t happen often in a tournament of this caliber. The state tournament featured wrestlers from as far south as San Diego and as far north as Redding.