Oak Ridge wrestling team struggles at Five Counties Tournament

By: Staff Report
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Oak Ridge High’s wrestling team struggled at the Five Counties Tournament in Los Angeles over the weekend, as only Kyle West placed in the tournament. West didn’t fair all that well either, though, as he entered the tournament as the top seed at 135 pounds, but finished fifth. West started off well enough, winning his first three matches, but then lost two of his final three. West won his first match 14-4 and then pinned his next opponent in the second period and followed up that with a 4-0 win over Colbey Garrison of Cimarron Memorial, the eventual sixth-place finisher. In the semifinals, West lost to the eventual champion, Mitch Newcomer of Laguna Hills, 6-5. He then lost to fourth-place finisher Nathan Zarate of Selma, 7-3, before beating Garrison for the second time, this time by pin, to place fifth. Vinny Waldhauser was the only other Oak Ridge wrestler to win more than one match, as he went 2-2 at the tournament. Competing at 145 pounds, Waldhauser started off with a pair of wins, a second-period pin over Bryan Bracci and a 7-5 decision against Novian Hines. Waldhauser then lost two straight matches, the first, 17-10, to Cody Bollinger of Sultana, who went on to finish second in the tournament. In the consolation bracket, Waldhauser lost to Vincent Aboytes, 15-1. Three Oak Ridge wrestlers came away with one victory. Cameron Miller and Greg Barrier at 103 and 125 pounds, respectively, each went 1-2 during the tournament. Miller defeated Jordan Hart, 8-4, while Barrier beat Erick Zumwalt, 5-1. Lukas Wilmore was the only other Oak Ridge wrestler to pick up a win, as he pinned Devin Whistler in 3:12. Brandon Buriani (112), Joey Pacific (119), Kyle Sundby (140) and Kavon Tillotson (Hwt.) all competed but failed to win a match. Oak Ridge travels to Vista del Lago today for a dual match and then competes in the Tim Brown Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento.