The Valley’s Adele Harrison and Altimira middle schools’ wrestling teams made strong showings in Saturday’s, March 15, North Valley League championship finals without one of their top grapplers, who happened to be battling at the 46th annual Junior High State Championships in Loomis.
After wrestling in a series of high-level weekend youth tourneys up and down the state and turning in a string of standout mat efforts, Altimira seventh-grader Tyler Winslow qualified for the challenging junior high Tournament of Champions and earned himself a prestigious state championship medal.
As the only seventh-grader to reach the medal stand, Winslow posted a 4-2 record, which included three overtime matches, and in the 32-boy bracket at 116 pounds, he claimed the sixth-place medal.
Back in Sonoma County, Winslow’s fellow grapplers from Altimira and Adele were busy facing foes from the other NVL schools, with three Valley boys achieving first-place finishes.
Winning NVL weight-class titles for Adele were eighth-grader Tino Battaglini and seventh-grader Ryan Sherwood, while seventh-grader Andrew Beatty captured an Altimira title.