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Subjeck leads Trojans at Mettler Invitational

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Keaton Subjeck placed first at 160 pounds at the Curt Mettler Invitational held Saturday at Elk Grove High. Subjeck had the best day of many solid performances for the Trojans, as Cameron Miller placed second at 138, Hugh Ellerman finished third at 170 and Preston Dean took fourth at 220 pounds. Eric Rohrer also placed sixth at 220, while Taylor Ellerman (145) and Ali Atebar (152) earned seventh-place finishes at what Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said is the toughest one-day tournament in Northern California. In the finals at 160 pounds, Subjeck defeated Jorge Barajas of St. Francis, 6-3, who’s ranked fifth in the state. “The match went back and forth and had some great scrambles,” Rhyan said. “Keaton split his eye wide open with about 50 seconds left in the match, which took 10 stitches. We bandaged him up and he finished the match. He’s beginning right where he finished last year, as one of the best wrestlers in California.” Miller had an outstanding day at 138, reaching the finals with win over Elk Grove’s Matt Bettencourt, who’s ranked fourth in the section and who defeated Miller easily last year at sections. Miller lost to Vince Moita of De La Salle in the finals to take second. Hugh Ellerman finished third at 170 pounds. Rhyan called this a breakthrough tournament for him. “Hugh’s been behind Vince Waldhauser the last two years and he’s finally getting his chance and he’s taking advantage of it,” Rhyan said. “He was seeded seventh and ended up third.” Despite only weighting 196 pounds, Preston Dean competed in the 220-pound weight class and placed fourth in his first tournament. Dean lost two close matches, including a 4-3 loss in the semis to the eventual champion from James Logan. Also wrestling at 220, Eric Rohrer placed sixth. Taylor Ellerman (145) and Ali Atebar (152) each lost their first match and then won four in a row to place seventh. Atebar’s only loss came to the No. 1 seed, Pang Le of Chico, who he was leading 5-2 before being caught and pinned. “Ali’s been wrestling great,” Rhyan said. “He had some injuries last year and missed most of the season. We’re very excited about him this year.” Oak Ridge’s junior varsity team won the Nighthawk Dual Tournament held at Natomas High School. The Trojans crushed the competition, the closest match coming in a 69-12 win over Sheldon. The following wrestlers finished the day unbeaten: Josh Ploke (106), Christian Portilla (113), Andrew Gularte (120), Ryan Redhair (126), Jake Plaskon (132), Ryan Johnson (138), Kevan Cryan (145), Anthony Gomez (15O, Taylor Beck (160), Sherman McVay (170), Peter Hiscott (182), Austin Hamilton (195), Logan Mills (220) and Sonny Singh (heavyweight). At the King of the Mountain Tournament at El Dorado High in Placerville, Logan Delwiche, Bashane Sagal and Austin Scott all earned first-place finishes.