Ceres High’s varsity boys wrestling program had two grapplers medal at the 23rd Tim Brown Memorial Tournament this past week in Sacramento.
Bulldog team captains Elias Saldana and Argel Arroyo placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
Saldana, a 285-pound junior, and Arroyo, a 220-pound senior, are training partners.
“I work with him every day,” Saldana said. “I know what he’s capable of. He really has a passion for the sport. That’s why he’s so good. He’s made me a better wrestler.”
Saldana compiled a 5-2 record at the Tim Brown Tournament.
“When you wrestle in tournaments like these, the matches are a lot tougher. You have to think more.”Elias Saldana
“When you wrestle in tournaments like these, the matches are a lot tougher,” he said. “You have to think more.”
Saldana notched wins against Escalon’s Sean Vallasso (pin), Freedom’s Caleb Hunter (pin), Liberty’s Franciso Rojas III (pin), St. Mary’s Dalton Pain (pin) and Casa Robles’ Simon Villalovos (pin).
He lost to Vista del Lago’s Justin Ramos (pin) and Anderson’s Joe Carrillo (pin).
“I met my expectation,” Saldana said. “All I wanted to do was place. I never believed I could do this well so soon. I just started wrestling last year. I’m excited about the progress.”
Arroyo posted a 3-3 record.
He notched wins against East Nicolaus’ Doug White (pin), Orland’s Joel Lopez (decision) and Inderkum’s Andrew Poss (pin).
Arroyo lost to Folsom’s Kyle Richards (pin), Pittsburg’s Isaiah Chatman (pin) and Casa Roble’s Brad Rankin (decision).
Joshua Ofisa, Joshua Dominguez, Diego Armas, Edison Jimenez, Allen Thy, Israel Esparza, Angel Figueroa, Fernando Gonzalez, Bryan Erenas, Marcus Martinez and Sonald Lal also represented the Bulldogs at the Brown tourney.
Ofisa (220s), Dominguez (152s), Armas (132s) and Jimenez (126s) all went 1-2 in their respective weight divisions.
Ofisa notched a win against St. Mary’s Alex Garduno (decision).
He lost to Oak Ridge’s Preston Cobabe (pin) and Inderkum’s Andrew Poss (major decision).
Dominguez notched a win against Monterey Trail’s Goutam Rattu (pin).
He lost to Inderkum’s Justin Hall (pin) and Calaveras’ Caden Villegas (pin).
Armas notched a win against Granite Bay’s Naraki Fujita (pin).
He lost to Gridley’s Dallas Stevens (technical fall) and Rodriguez’s Xavier Chacon (decision).
Jimenez notched a win against Manogue’s Sean Sedlack (technical fall).
He lost to Foothill’s Jacob Bergstrom (pin) and Petaluma’s Dominic Butts (major decision).
Thy (170s), Esparza (170s), Figueroa (170s), Gonzalez (152s), Erenas (138s), Martinez (120s) and Lal (106s) had identical 0-2 records.
Thy lost to Tyson Faver (decision) and Red Bluff’s Brindin Hethcoat (pin).
Esparza lost to Kimball’s Leo Muniz (pin) and Bradshaw’s Phil Conner (pin).
Figueroa lost to West Valley’s Mateo Redfern (pin) and Pittsburg’s Travis Laui (pin).
Gonzalez lost to Central Valley’s David Martinez (pin) and Oakdale’s Jordan Vanrys (pin).
Erenas lost to Escalon’s Miguel Souza (pin) and Cesar Chavez’s Ricardo Villasenor (pin).
Martinez lost to Vista del Lago’s Ryan Alvarado (pin) and Edison’s Ramin Khaliq (decision).
Lal lost to Granite Bay’s Talon Niimi (pin) and Kennedy’s Lesane Noble (decision).
“Everyone tried their hardest,” Saldana said.