Dragons win sets up title dual
Sonoma grapplers rout Elsie Allen, at fellow unbeaten SCL 1st-place Healdsburg in finale Wednesday
Freshman Brandon Ruiz works his way to a third-round pin-win for the Dragons, who routed Elsie Allen in an SCL dual-match Wednesday night in Santa Rosa.
Though their collective minds were to be totally focused on the current Sonoma County League dual match, you couldn’t fault the Sonoma Valley High School varsity wrestlers of looking at the biggest dual of the season hovering on the horizon.
But to reach the all-important match and obtain the opportunity to wrestle for the SCL dual title, the Dragons had to get down to the business of beating league foe Elsie Allen and they quickly got the job done with a dominating 59-9 victory.
With the win, the Sonoma grapplers earned a showdown at longtime rival Healdsburg, the defending champion, at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, Feb. 6, with the SCL dual title and top seed for the championship tournament on the line. Both teams bring identical 5-0 dual records to the match.
Leading the Dragons past Elsie Allen were junior co-captain Max Schimm’s 11-2 major victory over Zavala at 172 pounds; junior Harris Meglin’s 13-1 major win over Carreno at 122; sophomore Jake Randuch’s 13-5 major victory over Nguyen at 128; and freshman Brandon Ruiz’s third-round pinning of Houston at 147.
Sonoma’s forfeit winners were seniors Giordi Serafini (134 pounds), Sebastian Amara (162), Jonny Amandoli (198) and Aidan Lacy (222); junior Chris Lohnes (108); sophomore Jack Biaggi (154); and frosh Dalton Elster (heavytweight division); while senior Peter Gray dropped a tough 10-5 decision to Castaneda at 115, and junior Tommy Jordan’s second-round pin-loss to DePaz at 140.
A group of varsity Dragons will compete in the annual Colt Invitational at El Camino High School in San Francisco at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 2.