Subjeck, Claiborne, Proul place at Tim Brown Memorial Tournament; Trojans finish in fifth place

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Keaton Subjeck breezed his way to the finals of the Tim Brown Memorial Tournament over the weekend, before running into Oakmont’s Peter Santos in the final of the 170-pound bracket.

In the finals, however, Subjeck found it tough to score and lost the match to Santos, 5-1. Subjeck’s second-place finish was the best finish of any Oak Ridge wrestler, as the Trojans scored 112 ½ points to finish in fifth behind Clovis West, Folsom, Del Oro and Ponderosa.

Subjeck defeated Santos in the finals of the 2012 Tim Brown Memorial, but Saturday’s loss was the second time this season that Subjeck has lost to Santos, 5-1.

“He’s a good defensive wrestler and is fast and quick and I just made one mistake on my feet,” Subjeck said. “I was too hesitant in the first period, but I wasn’t bad after that. I just need to find a good balance.”

Subjeck’s only point in the match came when Santos locked his hands, while Santos earned two more points in the third period when Subjeck was desperately trying to make something happen. Despite the second loss this season to Santos, Subjeck said he’s not concerned about it.

“It was a good match,” Subjeck said. “There’s just a few things I have to work on. I’d rather have that loss now than in the postseason. I’m probably going to see him one or more times this season.”

On his way to the finals, Subjeck earned two pins, a technical fall and a major decision win.

Subjeck was one of three Trojans to place in the tournament. Zach Claiborne finished third in the 182-pound weight class, losing only one of his seven matches. Heavyweight Jacob Proul finished sixth by winning three of his six matches.

Claiborne pinned his first two opponents before losing to Pleasant Grove’s Logan Paxton, 3-1. In the consolation bracket, Claiborne reeled off four straight wins, including a 3-1 win over Paxton to finish in third place and avenge his only loss of the tournament.

Proul won his first three matches with a pin and a pair of one-point victories to reach the semifinals, where he lost to the eventual champion, Sheldon’s Sam Alnassiri, by fall. Proul then lost his final two matches by pin to placed sixth, losing to the third and fifth-place finishers.

At 138 pounds, Brandon Claiborne won his first three matches with two pins and a one-point decision before forfeiting to the eventual champion, Johnny Callas of Nevada Union. Claiborne also forfeited in the consolation bracket and was eliminated from the tournament.

Sherman McVey won four of his six matches at 195 pounds, but didn’t place in the tournament. Josh Ploke won two matches at 106 pounds, while Zack McGillis (120), Ryan Redhair (132), Kevan Cryan (152), Ali Atebar (160) and Eugene Cheong (220) each won one match during the tournament.