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NorCal Wrestling Team Rankings (Feb. 9)

Wrestling Team Rankings

Untouchable? Gilroy And De La Salle Stand Tall As Postseason Begins •

The Sac-Joaquin Section lost a little state medal swagger when Oakdale’s Bronson Harmon said he won’t make a league wrestling tournament this weekend.

Harmon, a returning Masters champ and fourth-place finisher at last year’s state meet, may not wrestle again until he’s donning a Cal Poly singlet in the fall.

The Modesto Bee reported on a dispute with coach Steve Strange over his weight cut that led to his departure.

Oakdale still has the lineup muscles to win the Sac-Joaquin Section. But, Vacaville rolled many of the best teams in the section at last week’s SJS Team Duals, and will be no joke in team scoring Feb. 23 and 24 at the Stockton Arena (SJS Masters).

In the North, Foothill-Palo Cedro gained a stalwart at 145 pounds, but won’t compete with previous ranked wrestlers, Tucker Ellis and Cameron Reed.

Foothill will win big points in five to seven weight classes, but may not have the depth to hold off the likes of Sutter, a team so deep it takes a submarine to weigh-ins.

The North Coast Section (De La Salle) and Central Coast Sections (Gilroy) have considerably less drama, as only a natural disaster could thwart inevitable section titles. 

Today’s release of team and individual rankings should display our greatest understanding yet of Northern California’s wrestling landscape.

Enjoy!

EDITOR’S NOTE

These rankings go hand-in-hand with our weight-by-weight wrestler rankings.

A wrestler ranked No. 1 among our Top 20 wrestlers for a given weight class earns 20 power points for his team. No. 2 earns 19 points, and so on. We’ll update our rankings every week during the postseason.

The next set is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Rankings through matches held Feb. 3.

1. (1) Gilroy (12 ranked, 207 power points)

CCS — A dramatic shift in Gilroy’s lineup wreaked havoc in the rankings, but only bolstered the state medal potential of several grapplers in new weight classes. The mustangs are a class above the rest in NorCal.

2. (2) Oakdale (11-163)

SJS – It’s official. Returning Masters champ Bronson Harmon will not compete at league this weekend, leaving Oakdale point-deficient in at least one weight class this postseason.

The Mustangs are still deep and medal-hungry, but will need to wrestle tough to stay ahead of Vacaville.

3. (3) De La Salle-Concord (10-120)

NCS – De La Salle has four wrestlers in the the top four of their weight classes and could finish top-15 in state scoring this season.

The Spartans will dominate the NCS championships on the road to Bakersfield.

4. (4) Vacaville (8-119)

SJS – A real challenger has emerged to overtake Oakdale in SJS team scoring.

Vacaville is easily the best dual meet team in the North, after Gilroy, and will have around 12 scoring weight classes at Masters.

While Oakdale falters, Vacaville only gets better.

5. (T5) Del Oro-Loomis (8-110)

SJS – The Golden Eagles saw a great performance from Evan Ivaldi at MidCals and Noah Blake continues to bolster his legacy.

This team has a fistful of state medal hopefuls and will look to edge Elk Grove in Masters tourney scoring after a dual loss last week.

6. (T5) Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (9-102)

SJS – The Trojans were upset by Folsom and beaten handily by Vacaville in SJS team duals.

But, should compete for league and divisional honors the next two weeks, and could score big at Masters.

7. (7) Elk Grove (7-85)

SJS – The Thundering Herd continues to rise in the ranks. Nahele Tonge was an unexpected finalist at MidCals and he jumped up four spots at 145 pounds.

His brother, Lokahi Tonge, is also one of NorCal’s best.

8. (9) Foothill-Palo Cedro (5-70)

NS – The Cougars may be better equipped for Bakersfield than the Northern Section championships.

Foothill is stout in several weights, but lacks the depth of a team like Sutter, a serious challenger to the North title. Coach Dan Lakmann expects newcomer to the ranks, Chris Ostregen (145 pounds), to have a strong postseason.

9. (8) Folsom (5-67)

SJS – The Bulldogs stunned early Sierra Foothill League favorite Oak Ridge in a 35-34 dual meet victory. Angelo Martinoni is one of NorCal’s best at 126 and could see a rematch with Gilroy’s Chase Seldate, who he beat 8-7 in the MidCal title match.

10. (12) Turlock (6-56)

Turlock capped a perfect Central California Conference season by besting crosstown rival Pitman 42-19 in a thrilling regular season finale.

Turlock’s Mike Jeffus beat Pitman’s Isaiah Perez 12-9 in a heavyweight showdown to punctuate the win.

Wrestling Team Rankings: THE NEXT 10

 11. (9) Silver Creek-San Jose (5-55); T12. (13) Benicia (5-50); T12. (15) Sutter (5-50); 14. (NR) Alvarez-Salinas (3-48); 15. (11) Pitman-Turlock (4-40); 16. (NR) Las Lomas-Walnut Creek (3-38); T17. (T18) James Logan-Union City (3-37); T17. (16) San Benito-Hollister (4-37); T17. (T18) Liberty-Brentwood (4-37); T20. (20) Granada-Livermore (3-35); T20. (NR) Granite Bay (3-35).

DROPPED OUT

T13. Windsor and T16. Monte Vista Christian-Watsonville

 

3 Comments

  1. Ray Jimenez

    January 28, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Evergreen Valley High School placed 3rd at Overfelt. Silver Creek placed 4th and San Benito placed 5th. Seven of our wrestlers medaled there as well. The reason I mention that is because you mentioned that Silver Creek had 7 wrestlers had medaled.

  2. Rollie

    February 2, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Have you heard what Evergreen Valley Cougars been accomplishing in the CCS? They are seeded #2 behind Gilroy, and defeated Silver Creek on their dual match 48-30 in January 30. Its time to do your research about Evergreen Valley.

    • mm

      Chace Bryson

      February 2, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Ray & Rollie,
      Thanks for the feedback. Evergreen Valley is on the bubble of being ranked in the top 20, with six ranked wrestlers for 29 points. Our rankings award “power points” for for kids listed higher, imagining the way they would score in a mythical NorCal championship tournament. Silver Creek made the cut despite having just five ranked wrestlers because three of those wrestlers are ranked eighth or higher in their weight class. We do acknowledge that one Evergreen is one of NorCal’s deeper teams, and they could easily pop back into the Top 20 when we release our next rankings on Feb. 9.

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