Eagles validate undefeated dual meet season with tournament title

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The high school wrestling sea­son was a hodge-podge of match­es. Due to the ongoing corona­virus pandemic and associated protocols, not all teams had full rosters.

Thus, dual meet competition may not have exactly showcased the strength of each team’s line­up.

The Grossmont Conference had long held a season-ending tournament but that was dis­carded several years ago as the San Diego Section schedule ex­panded. Coaches renewed the concept this year in order to fill in the gaps in lineups.

Eleven teams scored points in last Saturday’s conference-wide coed field, topped by the Granite Hills Eagles with 234.5 points.

Granite Hills finished as last year’s Grossmont Hills League dual meet champion and finished undefeated in dual meets this season.

“Not having a dual meet against Valhalla or Steele Can­yon was definitely a bummer but winning the league tournament definitely does validate the sea­son for us,” Eagles head coach Jesse Sheard said. “This year the tournament decided two things — who was the Grossmont team league champion and who was all-league and second team all-league.

“I was impressed with the way we wrestled. We had nine final­ists with seven champions and 13 placers. Our athletes showed up and wrestled tough. Our up­perclassman did what they were supposed to, but our underclass­man came out and made a state­ment. Our team has worked hard for a really long time, so it was awesome to see it all pay off. Winning league is just the begin­ning for us. We have CIF in two weeks (May 29), so we are going to get prepared for that now.”

Parade of champions

The Grossmont Foothillers finished in second place at last weekend’s conference tourna­ment with 164 points, followed on the scoresheet by Helix Charter in third place with 122 points, West Hills in fourth place with 102 points and Santana in fifth place with 74 points.

El Capitan (sixth, 57 points), Mount Miguel (seventh, 55 points), Valhalla (eighth, 53 points), Steele Canyon (ninth, 45 points), El Cajon Valley (10th, 19 points) and Monte Vista (11th, 17.5 points) rounded out the re­mainder of the field.

Granite Hills led the confer­ence with seven individual weight class champions: Kailey Smith (108 pounds), Camren Carmickle (115), Collin Guffey (122), Devon Wells (128), Ian Brown (134), Jus­tin Carroll (147) and Joel Corella (154).

Helix Charter had three indi­vidual weight class champions: Lex Lo (184), Ryuto Peery (197) and Jayden Avila (287).

Valhalla had two weight class champions: Anthony Kai Treltas (162) and Ezra Moore (172).

Steele Canyon’s Randall Lock­wood won the 140-pound class while Santana’s Liam Clark cap­tured the 222-pound division.

Justin Carroll earned honors as the tournament’s outstanding lightweight wrestler while Lo was bestowed with the outstanding heavyweight award.

Eight of the 14 championship matches were decided by a pin while two ended in major deci­sions. One match was decided by a technical fall while three match­es ended in minor decisions.

Grossmont finished with six weight class runners-up while Granite Hills had two wrestlers place second in their respective weight classes. Helix, Santana, El Cajon Valley, El Capitan, Monte Vista and Mount Miguel were also represented in the champi­onship round.

In finals matches:

Smith, who became the first East County wrestler to win her weight class at last year’s inaugu­ral San Diego Masters state quali­fying girls tournament, recorded a 7-2 decision over Grossmont’s Andrew Mercado to win this year’s coed conference tourna­ment 108-pound title.

Carmickle out-pointed San­tana’s Jessie Hernandez 7-4 to win the 115-pound division while Guffey pinned Helix’s Isa­iah Graves in 4:28 to claim the 122-pound title.

Wells won by a 15-0 technical fall over El Cajon Valley’s Ahmed Sohail Ameer at 128 pounds while Brown pinned El Capitan’s Manu­el Lopez in 5:15 in the 134-pound title match.

Lockwood won by a 10-6 deci­sion over Grossmont’s Hasan Bas­sam at 140 pounds while Carroll pinned Monte Vista’s Zahi Davis in 59 seconds at 147 pounds.

Corella won by a 16-2 major de­cision over Grossmont’s Moses Saucier at 154 pounds to conclude the string of championship-round victories by the Eagles.

Treltas defeated Granite Hills’ Keagen Kroeger by an 11-2 ma­jor decision at 162 pounds while Moore pinned Grossmont’s Onel Hanna in 1:36 to win the 172-pound title.

Lo pinned Grossmont’s Andres Virgen-Gonzales in 3:02 at 184 pounds while Peery won by a 2:32 fall over Granite Hills’ Kade Gaeir at 197 pounds.

Clark pinned Grossmont’s Adri­an Rodriguez Blass in 5:27 to win the 222-pound title while Avila won by a 2:57 fall over Mount Miguel’s Seamus Boyle at 287 pounds.

Eagles validate undefeated dual meet season with tournament title

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