The Tracy High wrestling team boasted three finalists and four medalists, as well as the outstanding wrestler award for junior Eli Blackwell, at the Sactown Showdown on Saturday at West Campus High School in Sacramento.
Blackwell went 4-0 for the day in the 132-pound bracket. He won each of his matches by pin, starting with second-period pins over Rimmel Hudson of Rio Linda High (3 minutes, 19 seconds) and Garrett Loiselle of West Campus High (2:31). He then pinned Lucas Haus of Union Mine High in the first period (1:13) and defeated a teammate, Tracy junior Jonathon Uhl, on another first-period pin.
Uhl went 3-1 to collect the silver medal in the 132-pound class. He defeated Dustin Hayes of Rocklin High on a second-period pin (2:41) and won 2-0 decisions over William Gladden of Rocklin High and Justin Garcia of Capital Christian High before facing Blackwell.
Also taking silver was sophomore Alex Gougousis in the 120-pound bracket. He beat Edward Rodriguez of River Valley High on a 15-6 major decision, defeated Omaid Gul of Valley High on a second-period pin (2:53), defeated Ramin Khaliq of Edison High on an 11-2 major decision and lost to Mokbel Obeid of Patterson on an 8-3 decision in the final match.
Claiming the seventh-place medal in the 152-pound class was Tracy junior Conner Lanthier. He went 3-1 with two first-period pins, a loss on a 5-0 decision, and a win in the consolation final on a 12-8 decision over Mica Warner of Bear River High.
Lloyd C. Engel Tournament
Mountain House High sent six varsity wrestlers to the Lloyd C. Engel Tournament at Escalon High on Friday and Saturday. All six won matches over the two days, and two wrestlers brought home medals.
Junior Jaiden Leus claimed the silver medal in the 182-pound class, and junior Ryan Stout-Hearick collected the bronze medal in the 120-pound class.
Beyer 60, Mountain House 15
The Mountain House wrestling team hosted Beyer High of Modesto on Jan. 3 in a Western Athletic Conference dual match. Beyer won 10 of the 14 matches, including five by forfeit, with one double forfeit.
Senior A.J. Hanifzada won his match in the 160-pound class on a first-period pin. Junior Cannon Waters (132) won his match on a 6-3 decision. Leus (182) won his match on a third-period pin.
Beyer’s girls won their team match 30-21, with forfeits in all but three matches. Mountain House junior Michelle Poland (121) defeated her opponent on a 2-0 decision.