Subjeck places fifth at state wrestling tournament

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Keaton Subjeck had a goal of winning the 160-pound weight class at the state wrestling tournament held in Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday. Subjeck, a junior at Oak Ridge High, didn’t achieve his goal, but he did finish fifth in the weight class and arrived home Sunday with a positive outlook on his performance. “I definitely wanted to finish first and that was a goal, but I believe my weight class was one of the toughest,” Subjeck said. “The top-seven finishers were returning state placers and were nails. I wanted that No. 1 spot on the podium, but I know I wrestled hard and did all I could do.” Subjeck started the tournament with a third-period pin over Hoopa’s Louis Cosce and then he pinned Jason Newcomer of Laguna Hills in the second period. In his next bout, Subjeck lost to the eventual fourth-place finisher Adrian Salas of Clovis, 11-10. “It was a pretty tough match to lose,” Subjeck said. “I had him beat for most of the match and I was so close to pinning him in the first period. It went back-and-forth after that, but I was ahead the whole time. In the final 30 seconds he got a reversal on me and won the match.” Showing outstanding composure, Subjeck cleared his head Friday night and was ready to go again on Saturday, knowing he had to win one more match to earn a state medal. Against Trevor Wright of Winters, Subjeck won 11-5 and knew he would at least equal the eighth-place medal he won a year ago at 145 pounds. “I knew I had to keep my cool,” Subjeck said. “Successful people stay tough.” He followed that win with a 41-second pin of the eventual eighth-place finisher, Steele Canyon’s Brady Beamon, to keep him alive for a third-place finish. Next up was McNair’s Jim Wilson, who was ranked ahead of Subjeck all season and beat him the previous week to win the Masters title. Despite his best effort, Subjeck lost the match, 6-3, and McNair went on to place third. “It was a close match,” Subjeck said. “I wrestled a lot better than I did against him at Masters. I never led, but I was losing by one in the third period and had to go for a takedown and he ended up taking me down.” Subjeck finished the tournament with a solid 7-1 decision over Healdsburg’s Matthew Tsarnus to place fifth. “I’m happy with how I did,” Subjeck said. “I know I wrestled my best.” Teammate Zach Claiborne also competed in the tournament in the 182-pound weight class, winning one match. Claiborne lost his first match, 18-16 to Mason Kumashiro of Los Alamitus, but rebounded to defeat Conor Young of College Park, 17-6. He was then eliminated from the tournament following a 9-6 loss to Jordan Sepeda of Natomas.