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Oak Ridge sends 13 wrestlers to divisional tournament

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge High’s wrestling team advanced 13 wrestlers to the divisional tournament, setting a new school record and making sure head coach Casey Rhyan will be plenty busy at Pitman High School in Turlock this weekend.

Oak Ridge had 13 wrestlers place in the top-four positions at Saturday’s Delta River League meet and a 14th, Austin Scott, placed fifth and is an alternate for this weekend’s tournament.

Oak Ridge finished third in the tournament behind Ponderosa and Folsom.

“Overall it went very well,” Rhyan said. “We had seven guys reach the finals, which was huge, and two champions. Everyone wrestled very well and I still feel as though we’re gaining momentum. A lot of our wrestlers haven’t competed since the middle of January because of illness or injury or match count, but we still did well at the league tournament.”

Keaton Subjeck and Sherman McVey won league titles at 170 and 220 pounds, respectively.  While Subjeck’s title was expected, McVey’s was more of a surprise.

“Sherman was going to be the top seed at 195 pounds, but he lost a challenge match to Bishane Segal and bumped up to 220,” Rhyan said. “He was the two seed there and despite giving up 25 pounds, pinned Ponderosa’s Henry Sharoyan in the finals. He had lost to him in the dual meet so it was a big upset.”

Five wrestlers placed second, including Josh Ploke (106), Brandon Claiborne (138), Ali Atebar (160), Zach Claiborne (182), Bishane Segal (195)

Like McVey, Segal was giving up 25 pounds, but still wrestled well enough to place high in the tournament. Ideally, he would wrestle at 170 pounds, but is behind Subjeck and Claiborne.

Jacob Proul placed third in the heavyweight division, while Christian Portilla (113), Xavier Liongson (120), Ryan Redhair (132), Corbett Ralstin (145) and Kevan Cryan (152) placed fourth in their weight classes.