For those who attended last year’s North Coast Section dual meet tournament at Liberty, you won’t be heading to Brentwood for this year’s event. This time around, Albany High will host the tournament on Feb. 14. It’s an all-day event, but it’s normally done around 6 or 7 p.m.
Also, there were a few classification changes that caught my eye. With the 3A East Bay enrollment cap at 2,076 and above, De La Salle (which combines with Carondelet for enrollment purposes) would move into the 3A field if they qualify. And Liberty, last year’s 3A champion, checks in at 2,033 students, which means the Lions would drop to the 2A East Bay bracket this year. So, both of last year’s champs could be in different brackets if they make it back this year.
As promised, here are the results from the finals of the Clayton Valley Invitational.
Clayton Valley Invitational
At Clayton Valley HS
Team scores (top 10): Freedom 183, Paradise 165, Reno 128.5, Antioch 119.5, Heritage 112, Northgate 101, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 98, Woodland 92, Livermore 85.5, Mission San Jose 82.5.
Individual results: 103 — Hwa (Mission San Jose) d. Thomas (Paradise), 10-2; 112 — Bettinson (Reno) d. Wiley (Freedom), 6-1; 119 — Morelli (Paradise) d. Stucki (Northgate), 5-4; 125 — Aura (Foothill) d. DiMercurio (Freedom), 5-4; 130 — Monticelli (Reno) d. Ziel (Paradise), 9-2; 135 — Stirm (Northgate) d. Elicegui (Wooster-Reno), 8-3; 140 — Kannel (Livermore) d. Joaquin (Freedom), 6-3; 145 — Waldrop (Freedom) d. Sanchez (Livermore), t.f.; 152 — Cress (Antioch) d. Frazier (St. Patrick-St. Vincent), 12-3; 160 — Skillman (Paradise) d. Gladney (Woodland), 5-4; 171 — Dougherty (Las Lomas) p. Montez (Heritage), 1:46; 189 — Baumann (Dublin) d. Bergstedt (Paradise), 9-7; 215 — Parsons (Freedom) d. Pica (Concord), injury default; 285 — Tozer (Valley Christian-San Jose) p. Bangert (Clayton Valley), 1:01.
As they did last weekend at the Doc Buchanan, Liberty’s David Klingsheim and De La Salle’s Tyler Sheridan are again thriving against Southern California competition. They’ve both advanced to tonight’s finals at the Five Counties Invitational, billed as one of the toughest tournaments in the country.
At 125 pounds, Klingsheim beat Northview-Covina’s Anthony Jaramillo 7-5 in his semi. In the finals, Klingsheim (who is seeded No. 1) will face Gilroy’s Martin Gonzalez in a rematch of last week’s Doc B title match. Gonzalez is ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds by thecaliforniawrestler.com and Klingsheim is No. 1 at 119.
At 152 pounds, Sheridan (seeded No. 2 this weekend) beat Calvary Chapel-Santa Ana’s Tigran Adzhemyan 4-2 in the semis. In the finals he’ll face No. 1 seed T.J. Belton of Central Catholic-Modesto. Belton is ranked No. 2 at 160 pounds, Sheridan is ranked No. 1 at 152.
Already a tournament that many call the toughest Invitational in the state of California, the Five Counties Invitational in Fountain Valley got a little bit tougher this morning when the 125-pound champion at last week’s Doc Buchanan Invitational, Liberty’s David Klingsheim, got a spot in the tournament. After missing some match time earlier this season, Klingsheim had some matches to make up and so he’s heading south to again do battle with the top wrestlers in the state.
Scheduled to attend are the top three wrestlers in the state at 125 pounds (Lemoore’s Brandon Rocha, Sultana-Hesperia’s Ryan Fillingame and Selma’s Nick Pena) as well as Gilroy’s Martin Gonzalez, who is currently ranked No. 1 at 130 pounds. Add Klingsheim to the mix and you’ve got an unbelivable amount of talent in the 125 pound class this weekend.
The results are in from the uber-competitive Doc Buchanan Invitational at Clovis HS and Liberty’s David Klingsheim and De La Salle’s Tyler Sheridan are coming home with titles.
For Klingsheim, the championship is extremely impressive considering he wrestled at 125 pounds and beat both the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 130 pounds (Gilroy’s Martin Gonzalez) and 125 pounds (Lemoore’s Brandon Rocha). He beat Gonzalez 6-4 in overtime in the finals.
For Sheridan, the win gives a measure of redemption. He has a previous loss this year to Merced’s Chris Urquizo and that’s who he beat in the final, 5-4. Sheridan may move up to No. 2 in the state at 152 pounds.
Other local placers included De La Salle’s Vinny Moita (2nd at 103 pounds), James Logan’s Lawrence Blanco (5th at 119), Liberty’s Anthony Thurgood (5th at 130), Liberty’s Ryan Smith (5th at 135), Liberty’s David Rios (6th at 145), DLS’s Luke Sheridan (5th at 160), DLS’s Justin Walker (7th at 189 – and yes, he’s a freshman), and DLS’s Jordan Felix (5th at 215). Congrats to all the locals.
- Ben Enos
In case any local wrestling fans are interested, the Clovis-Temecula Valley dual meet is being streamed live on Clovis Wrestling’s web site. Clovis is currently the No. 1 team in the state and Temecula Valley is No. 10. Also, when the dual is over, you can click on that link to watch this weekend’s Doc Buchanan Invitational at Clovis. Liberty and De La Salle will be wrestling. That will be live on both Friday and Saturday.
Check out the transcript of tonight’s chat.
Well, it only took me a week to post this stuff, but I figured I’d kick off the wrestling season right with some notes from the Lou Bronzan Invitational, the first batch of state rankings, and all things wrestling. Join me, won’t you?
Darrell Hirashima, the hugely popular and successful girls basketball coach, suffered a massive heart attack on Sunday and is currently on life support at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek. He is 56.
The heart attack was preceded by a lesser attack approximately two months ago.
Hirashima coached Miramonte for 11 seasons and owned an overall record of 238-85 with four North Coast Section Division III championships, including three of the past four. Under Hirashima, the Matadors had reached the postseason each of the past 10 seaons, and won 20 or more games in each of the past nine.
He was not retained to coach Miramonte for the 2008-09 season, an incident that led to a large community outcry against the Acalanes Union School District.
Hirashima’s son Darrell Jr. is in his first year coaching the Acalanes High boys basketball team.
Our thoughts are with the Hirashima family at this difficult time.
I was fishing for wrestling news tonight and found out that Ohio State wrestler Nikko Triggas, the Campo grad himself, will be hosting a live chat on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 1:30-2 p.m. (Ohio time, not Pacific time). I almost feel like dropping by to ask a question!
Also, 2007-08 Times Athlete of the Year Jason Welch got his collegiate career off to a good start by taking second at 157 pounds at the Michigan State Open.
And finally, with signing day coming up, Liberty’s David Klingsheim has committed to Nebraska and Ryan Smith has committed to UNC-Greensboro. De La Salle’s Tyler Sheridan has also committed to Columbia, but won’t be signing a letter (no athletic scholarships in the Ivy League). As I find more, I’ll let you know.