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No. 9 Buchanan dominates strong field as hosts of the Zinkin Classic

Hosting the Zinkin Classic this weekend, No. 9 Buchanan (Calif.) ran through a field that featured five other nationally ranked teams without real challenge. The Bears sprinted out on day one advancing nine wrestlers to the semifinals. Then on day two, four of those wrestlers won weight classes, and they put ten total onto the medal stand (top eight finishes).

Winning titles for Buchanan were freshmen Jack Gioffre (106) and Joseph Martin (145), No. 10 Maximo Renteria (120), and No. 3 Matthew Olguin (160). Renteria and Olguin beat nationally ranked wrestlers from Selma in their championship bouts, Renteria 5-2 over No. 19 Tristan Lujan and Olguin 6-0 over No. 5 Jace Luchau.

Additional placers for the Bears were a trio in third, a pair in fourth, another pair in fifth, and one in eighth.

Second place in the tournament standings went to No. 10 Gilroy (Calif.) with 209.5 points and eight placers, despite No. 9 Chase Saldate (138) having to default out of the tournament in the quarters and two-time state placer Joseph Barnes (170) being absent from the lineup. Leading the way were a pair of weight class champions, No. 4 Ryan Reyes (195) and Nicholas Villarreal (285); Reyes beat No. 14 Jacob Good (Clovis) 4-2 in his finals bout.

Other placers included tournament runner-up John Fox (145), a wrestler placing third, two in fifth, and two in seventh.

Finishing third was No. 18 Clovis (Calif.) with 197 points, and seven placers from the starting lineup. Three Cougars wrestlers finished as runners-up, Giano Petrucelli (132), Tyler Gianakopolous (182), and No. 14 Jacob Good (195). Other placers were an individual in third, two in fourth, and one in seventh.

Clovis also had two non-starters place, the pair placed eighth at 132 and 152 pounds respectively; while they were also without returning state medalist Justin Mourtinsen (113).

Fourth in the standings went to No. 35 Selma (Calif.) with 194.5, and the Bears were led by No. 2 Richard Figueroa, who steamrolled through the 113 pound weight class with four pins and a 16-1 technical fall in five tournament matches. Three other wrestlers advanced to the finals, all losing to nationally ranked opposition - Lujan, Luchau, and Christian Rodriguez (170).

Rodriguez upended No. 14 Mark Cardwell (Monache, Calif.) 2-1 in the semifinal before losing 5-3 to No. 9 Trent Munoz (Trabucco Hills, Calif.) in the championship bout. Also placing for Selma were a pair of wrestlers in fifth.

Finishing an impressive fifth with eight placers was Toppenish (Wash.). They were led by tournament runner-up Haiden Drury (126). Other placers were two each in third, sixth, and seventh along with a single wrestler in fourth.

No. 12 in the country St. John Bosco (Calif.) finished eighth with 94 points, but wrestled with a skeletal lineup. They had a pair of weight class champions in No. 12 (at 145) Cael Valencia and Nathan Haas at 152 and 182 respecitvely. However, they were without at least four significant starters, two of whom are nationally ranked in No. 13 Timothy Levine (113) and No. 9 Sonny Santiago (152).

The remaining nationally ranked team in the field was No. 46 Clovis North (Calif.), who finished sixth with 163.5 points, led by weight class champions in No. 17 Devin Murphy (126) and No. 11 Ryan Franco (132). Their other placers were freshmen, who finished third at 120 and fifth at 113.

Rounding out the weight class champions were Marcos Polanco (Bishop Amat, Calif.) at 138 pounds, No. 9 Trent Munoz (Trabucco Hills, Calif.) at 170, and Mike Ruiz (Villa Park, Calif.) at 220.

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