Subjeck places third at 160 at Doc Buchanan tournament

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Keaton Subjeck placed third in what is considered one of the toughest wrestling tournaments in California, but it was a bittersweet accomplishment. Subjeck, seeded third at 160 pounds, entered the tournament undefeated and won his first four matches on his way to the semifinals, where he suffered his first loss of the season, 4-3, in a final-second move by Javier Mandera from Roseburg, Oregon. It’s a match he wishes he had back. “I know I should have won that match,” the Oak Ridge junior said. “With about 40 seconds left I got in deep on a single leg and turned the corner and almost had him taken down, but he fought it off and the ref called a stalemate with 12 seconds left. With about five seconds left, I made a mistake and reached with my left arm and he ducked under it and spun around from behind and took me down. That was a heartbreaker.” Not only was it Subjeck’s first loss of the season, but it was kept him from meeting Victor Pereira of Newark Memorial in the finals. Pereira, who placed second in the state at 152 pounds a year ago, is one of the main contenders for the state title at 160 pounds. “I really wanted to face him and see how he is and how I would do against him,” Subjeck said. “It wouldn’t have mattered if I won or lost, I just wanted to see how I would do against him. I was disappointed I didn’t get that chance.” Subjeck might have been disappointed with the loss, but he rebounded very well with a pair of hard-fought narrow decisions. Subjeck first beat Stevie Cervantes of Poway, the tournament’s eighth seed, 5-2. Then he defeated fifth-seeded Matthew Tsarnas of Healdsburg, 3-0, to place third. “Cervantes was a pretty tough kid and the match was a lot like the previous one,” Subjeck said. “I was up 3-2 and I took him down with about 20 seconds left to win it. In the consolation finals, I took Tsarnas down and rode him pretty hard and just wrestled really well and beat him 3-0.” At 25-1 on the season, Subjeck, who placed eighth in the state a year ago, is on track to make it back to the state meet, where he hopes to come home with the gold medal.