Tuesday Feb 14 2012
Subjeck, Lopez win Delta River League titles
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
Seven finalists and two league champions represented a solid performance for Oak Ridge High’s wrestling team at the Delta River League Tournament held Saturday at Folsom High. Oak Ridge placed third behind the host Bulldogs and Ponderosa and in doing so the Trojans advanced 12 of 14 wrestlers to this weekend’s divisional championship where the top-eight finishers will advance to the Masters Meet. Keaton Subjeck and Xavier Lopez won league championships, Subjeck at 160 pounds and Lopez at 220. Subjeck worked up a 7-1 lead over Folsom’s Devon Nooner before pinning him 40 seconds into the second period. Lopez made quick work of Folsom’s Trever Lewis, pinning him in 43 seconds. “The tournament went really well,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “When you have seven guys in the finals it’s hard to not be happy. As a team, including the JV guys, we beat quite a few guys who we lost to during the dual-meet season and I don’t think we lost to anyone that we beat before.” Oak Ridge had five second-place finishers, including Cameron Miller, Taylor Ellerman, Ali Atebar, Hugh Ellerman and Zack Claiborne. At 132 pounds, Miller lost to Folsom’s Tony Hernandez, 12-2 and Taylor Ellerman fell to Folsom’s Mason Koshiyama, 7-2, at 140. At 145, Atebar lost to Folsom’s Nick Fiegener, 17-2, while Hugh Ellerman injury defaulted to Ponderosa’s Nick Troquato at 172 after injuring his ankle. Claiborne battled Ponderosa’s Jacob Richards before losing 18-11 at 184 pounds. “Hugh’s ankle isn’t broken, but it was huge on Sunday,” Rhyan said. “It’s not looking good, but they take eight guys to Masters so maybe if he could get one win on one leg that might be enough to get him through.” Claiborne was making his first appearance on the mat after breaking his sternum and collarbone in early December. For him to make it to the finals, despite not being in wrestling shape, was impressive. “Zack had a bad injury and we didn’t think he’d be back, but he was cleared last week,” Rhyan said. “With those injuries, he really couldn’t do anything and only had one week of conditioning under his belt. He was also giving up probably 15 pounds to Richards. Zack’s tough, though, and he’s strong for his size. He did well.” Andrew Gularte at 120, Trey Reese at 126 and Preston Dean at 195, placed third and will advance to Friday’s divisional tournament, as will fourth-place finishers Josh Ploke (106) and Jacob Proul (285). Ryan Wilson (113) and Andrew Pearson (152) placed fifth and are alternates for the divisional tournament.