SportStars Magazine

NorCal Wrestling Team Rankings (Jan. 12)

Our Top 9 Stands Pat As The Final Wave Of Big Midseason Tournaments Hits High Tide •

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 two weeks during the regular season. The next set is scheduled for Jan. 26

Rankings through matches held Jan. 6

1. (1) Gilroy (13 ranked, 229 power points) — The Mustangs enjoyed their best showing of the season by claiming five medals and a fourth-place finish at the best regular season tournament in the state (the Doc Buchanan), despite the absence of Chase Saldate at 126 pounds.

2. (2) Oakdale (13-198) — Oakdale gained 10 points and now sports a lineup with three consecutive No. 1s (Gabe Martinez-170, Colby Golding-182, Colby Harlan-195). Short-handed Oakdale was ninth at the Doc Buchanan.

3. (3) De La Salle-Concord (9-116) — Another program on the rise, De La Salle features a lineup with eight consecutive weights of wrestlers ranked 12th or higher.

4. (4) Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills (8-107) SJS — Sierra Foothill League favorite, Oak Ridge will need to be special to upend league powers Folsom and Del Oro to become a favorite at SJS team duals.

5. (5) Del Oro-Loomis (7-105) — Del Oro gained 17 points after a big performance at the Doc Buchanan (14th), and Noah Blake overtook Oakdale’s Bronson Harmon at 160 after he beat state title favorite Joel Romero of Buchanan.

6. (6) Vacaville (8-96) — The Bulldogs picked up momentum by wrestling tough at the Joe Rios Invitational. Lawrence Saenz (145) and Jake Levengood (285) are two of the best, pound-for-pound, in all of NorCal.

7. (7) Foothill-Palo Cedro (6-76) — Favorites in the north, Foothill took some lumps at the Doc Buchanan, but elite tournaments will have the program rolling at their section tourney.

8. (8) Folsom (6-72) — Three wrestlers were good enough for a 30th-place finish in the Doc Buchanan. The Bulldogs should challenge for a top-3 finish at Sacramento’s Tim Brown Memorial Tournament this week.

9. (9) Elk Grove (5-59) — Lots of movement but Elk Grove stays in the top 10 and is one of the deepest teams in NorCal.

10. (11) Turlock (5-58) — We are gambling that Will Giron drops to 106, so he and Giovanni Villegas don’t need a challenge match for 113 this postseason.

THE NEXT 10: 11. (10) Pitman-Turlock (4-56); 12. (19) Benicia (5-53); 13. (12) Liberty-Brentwood (4-47); 14. (15) Silver Creek (3-43); 15. (NR) Granite Bay (3-41); 16. (18) Granada (3-39); T17. (13) Las Lomas-Walnut Creek (4-36); T17. (15) Franklin-Elk Grove (3-36); 19. (13) San Benito-Hollister (4-35); T20. (NR) Sutter (5-34); T20. (17) Alvarez-Salinas (3-34)

DROPPED OUT: T15. Silver Creek-San Jose and No. 20. Chester


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