Monday, April 9th, 2007 at 3:21 pm in Uncategorized.
The title of this post may be a misnomer because for most high school wrestlers, there really isn’t an offseason. I’ve been tracking what some local guys are doing at national tournaments and I figured I’d share the wealth of information I’ve either been given or stumbled upon.
At the NHSCA National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, VA, the East Bay had a few all-Americans to report. First was Freedom’s Nick Waldrop, who placed fifth at 140 pounds in the sophomore division. Then came the seniors and leading the way was Campolindo’s Nikko Triggas. Triggas finished second at 119 pounds, dropping a heart-breaking 7-6 decision to Zach Sanders of Minnesota. He was named an all-American. Foothill’s Kellen Aura was also named an all-American.
In Las Vegas, Jason Welch wrestled in the Senior Freestyle tournament and ended up bowing out with a loss to New York’s Ramico Blackman. His tournament was still impressive, however, as he had to wrestle through the qualifying bracket to even make it into the main tournament. Welch got one win in the main tourney, beating Scott Owen from New York. Triggas also wrestled in the Western Junior Freestyle tourney, finishing second at 119 pounds in the junior tournament. And Liberty’s David Klingsheim wrestled the 112-pound B division at the junior tournament and won the championship.
There are other local wrestlers who continue to compete around the country and certainly will throughout the spring and summer. As I get results, I’ll post them here. Also, pick up the April 14 Times and look for the All-Times winter section that includes wrestling, soccer and basketball.