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Subjeck is champ at 160 pounds at Tim Brown Memorial

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Oak Ridge junior Keaton Subjeck continued his stellar wrestling with another tournament championship in the 160-pound weight class. Subjeck won the 160-pound weight class at the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament on Saturday with a 7-5 decision over Oakmont’s Peter Santos, capping off his fifth win of the tournament. Subjeck opened the tournament with a bye and then pinned his first three opponents, Bryan Cabral of Anderson Union, Patrick McCampbell of Chico and Trevor Wright from Winters. In the semifinals, Subjeck faced Matthew Tsarnas of Healdsburg, and he earned a dominating 10-2 win. “I had wrestling him at Doc B. and won 3-0, but this time I basically beat him 10-0,” Subjeck said. “He scored a reversal late in the match so I pretty much dominated him. I took him down in the first period and almost pinned him. I wrestled him very well. He’s ranked fifth in the state.” Subjeck was hoping to face James Wilson of McNair High in the finals, but the tournament’s top-seed injury defaulted out of the tournament in the semis. “It would have been nice to have been able to face him in preparation for Masters and the state tournament,” Subjeck said. “I would have liked to get a feel for him, but I didn’t get that opportunity.” Nevertheless, Subjeck had a tough match in the finals with Santos, a wrestler who certainly made Subjeck work to win the weight class. “I wrestled pretty well, but I could have done a few things differently, like be more aggressive,” Subjeck said. “I took him down in the first 20 seconds and got a five-point move on him, but he was really funky on bottom and kind of awkward to defend. The only points he got were on reversals after funky moves and rolls. He was pretty tough, but I did well on my feet.” Oak Ridge had two other wrestlers place in the tournament, as Taylor Ellerman won six matches and lost three to place seventh at 138 pounds, and Hugh Ellerman did the same at 170 pounds, with one win being a bye, to place seventh as well. At 145 Ali Atebar won five matches, but lost his second match just before the medal round. Andrew Gularte (120), Xavier Liongson (126), Eric Rohrer (182), Xavier Lopez (220) and Jacob Proul (285) each won two matches for the Trojans. After losing to archrival Ponderosa, 52-18 on Wednesday, Oak Ridge High’s wrestling team was left licking their wounds. As the score indicates, the Bruins were the far better team, which Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan can accept. After the match, however, Rhyan said his team needs to develop some toughness, something he said the Bruins have plenty of. “We’ve just got to get tougher,” Rhyan said. “They’ve got guys who are bigger and tougher than us. You could see that on the mat.” The Trojans were without two senior starters in Trey Reese and Cameron Miller, who were out injured, and while Rhyan would have loved to have them in the lineup, in the end the final score still would have been in Ponderosa’s favor. Oak Ridge only won four matches, one by forfeit by Subjeck at 170. Hugh Ellerman, competing at 160 pounds, finished the match with a pin in 1:15 over Josh Ferry. Preston Dean earned a hard-fought 3-0 win over Jacob Richards at 195, while Taylor Ellerman showed his talents by beating Sean Melton, 7-4, at 138 in the most entertaining bout of the night. “We had a few guys out injured, but I tip my hat to Ponderosa,” Dean said. “They wrestled well.” After the match Rhyan had a stern talk with his team. “Let’s just say practice is going to suck the next couple of weeks,” Dean said. “We’ve got a lot to work on.”