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Trojans advance 11 to Masters Tournament

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Keaton Subjeck and Taylor Ellerman led Oak Ridge High’s wrestling team at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North championships held over the weekend at Ponderosa High School. Subjeck was the team’s only champion, winning the 160-pound weight class, while Ellerman also reached the finals at 138 pounds before losing and took second. “Keaton wrestled a pretty good kid from Vacaville in the finals and pinned him in 38 seconds so he looked really good,” Oak Ridge coach Casey Rhyan said. “He’s on fire right now. Taylor wrestled well, too.” All in all it was a successful day for the Trojans, as 11-of-12 wrestlers finished in the top-eight to advance to this week’s Masters Tournament in Stockton. The top-seven finishers there more on to the state tournament. Subjeck won all three of his matches by pin, as he was on the mat for a total of four minutes, 42 seconds out of a possible 18 minutes. Subjeck opened the tournament with a pin of Thomas Galvan in 2:44, before pinning DJ Harper of Franklin in 1:20. In the finals against Vacaville’s Seth Lowrie, Subjeck quickly pinned him in 38 seconds. Ellerman opened with a first-period pin over Wood’s Anthony Ghiardi and then defeated Elk Grove’s Sunny Jackson 9-4 to reach the finals. Once there, Ellerman lost to Vacaville’s Zach Dawson, 9-0. Cameron Miller and Zack Claiborne placed fourth at 132 and 182 pounds, respectively. Miller pinned his first opponent in 41 seconds before losing 6-3 and being sent to the consolation bracket. Once there he won three straight matches to reach the consolation finals. Miller shut out Wood’s Eric Willett, 5-0 and then pinned Christian Canepa of Ponderosa in 2:30. Another pin, this one in the third period over Sheldon’s Marcus Von Schoech, put him in the consolation finals where he lost to Vacaville’s Hayden Fry, 8-1. Fry also handed Miller his first lost in the tournament, 6-3. “Cameron lost to the same kid twice, but he wrestled really well throughout the tournament and did a lot better the second time against him,” Rhyan said. Claiborne won his first two matches with pins before being pinned himself by eventual champ Chris Lai of Vacaville. In the consolation bracket, Claiborne won another match by fall before losing in the match for third to Folsom’s Alex Hurlimann, 14-2. “Zack had a good tournament and just ran out of gas in his last match,” Rhyan said. “No matter what he does it’s exciting because he can catch anybody.” Trey Reese (126), Preston Dean (195) and Xavier Lopez (220) all earned fifth-place finishes. Reese split his first two matches before earning two straight falls in the consolation bracket, the second in only 37 seconds. After a 5-3 loss, Reese won his final bout 7-1. Dean had a quick 35-second pin in his first match before losing 3-0 to the eventual champion, Vacaville’s Jeramy Sweany. In the consolation bracket he pinned Sheldon’s Anthony Baker before dropping a 1-0 decision to Elk Grove’s Ryan Ludwig. He was his bout for fifth by default. Lopez split his four matches, winning his first match with a first period pin and his last with a third-period pin. Josh Ploke (106), Andrew Gularte (120) and Hugh Ellerman (170) placed sixth, while Jacob Proul (285) placed eighth. Ali Atebar (152) was injured in his third match and finished one win away from qualifying. “It was a good tournament for us,” Rhyan said. “We finished ahead of Ponderosa and the guys battled and were tough. I’m very proud of them. I believe this is the most kids we’ve ever sent to Masters and we have a chance to send a lot of guys to the state meet.”