Kimball High brought 15 wrestlers to the Sheldon Invitational at Sheldon High in Sacramento on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Jaguar varsity team took third place in the tournament behind Granite Bay and Sheldon.
Among Kimball’s varsity wrestlers, Trent Nicholson was the champion in the 134-pound bracket, and had three first-period pins leading up to the final. Nicholson was named the tournament’s most valuable wrestler. Reese Chew (108) placed second after he lost a tough 6-5 decision in the final. Cameron Diaz (172) placed second, and did not wrestle in the final because of an injury default. Nate Pearlman (287) also took second in his class.
Other medalists were: Matt Cooper (184) fourth, Jouse Pajarito (140) fifth, Jesse Mann (120) sixth and David Gamez (147) eighth.
Among the junior varsity wrestlers, Robbie Delgado (108) and Eddie Manio (287) both took first place in their weight classes, Edgar Ruiz (140) placed third, and Navarran Mann (134) placed fourth.
Tracy brought 14 wrestlers and had four bring home medals from the varsity competition. Zach Blackwell took first place in the 120-pound bracket, and Albert Landeros was first in the 126-pound class. Austin Shankel was the “Hard Luck” champion after he lost his first match and then won four in a row in the 132=pound consolation bracket. Dalton Gualco (113) took third.