West High freshman Greg Viloria claimed the fifth-place medal at the 18th Annual Tim Brown Memorial wrestling tournament hosted by Foothill High of Sacramento at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Saturday and Sunday.
The tournament, which begins with brackets of up to 128 wrestlers, is a preview of the Sac-Joaquin Section championships. Five of this year’s Tim Brown champions were California Interscholastic Federation state qualifiers in 2013.
Viloria, wrestling in the 106-pound weight class, won five matches in a row, including one by technical fall and four by decision, before he lost a 7-0 decision to number 1 seed and eventual champion Isaac Blackburn of Del Oro High School in the semifinals.
“I had my ups and downs,” Viloria said. “I was really happy when I beat the number 10 guy (Donovan Guerrero, De La Salle), who took third, but then I took a hard loss against the guy who won it (Blackburn).”
Viloria said he and Blackburn had an even match most of the way, and started the third period with a Blackburn ahead 1-0. Blackburn started with the top position in the third period and scored six points in the last 30 seconds to win it.
Viloria then took a 6-0 loss to Morgan Sauseda of Chico High School and beat Darius LeVan of Armijo High with an 8-0 major decision for the fifth-place medal.
“It just shows that anyone I wrestle at this tournament, nobody’s going to be better than these guys,” Viloria said. “These are the guys I’ll wrestle at sections.”
Five more West wrestlers competed at the Tim Brown tournament, including junior Angel Castillo (126), who went 2-2 for the weekend, and sophomore Modesto Silvestre (132), who went 1-2. Junior George Rivas (113) and sophomore Isaiah Juan (138) went 0-2.
Kimball High sent eight wrestlers to the tournament. Top competitor was junior Reese Chew (145), who went 5-2 for the weekend. He finished among the top 12 wrestlers in his bracket and was eliminated one match short of the medal rounds.
Senior Trent Nicholson (160) went 4-2 and was eliminated two matches short of the medal rounds. Senior Robbie Delgado (113) went 4-2, Matt Cooper (220) was 2-2, and Kaiona Caspillo (106) and Michael Stephens (138) both went 1-2. Sophomore Matthew Jaurique (120) and senior Jeremiah Salud (152) both went 0-2.
West 35, St. Mary’s 28
The West High varsity wrestling team moved to 2-1 in Tri-City Athletic League dual matches with a 35-28 win over St. Mary’s Jan. 23, in Stockton.
West won seven of the 14 matches. Three Wolf Pack wrestlers pinned their opponents, including sophomore Isaiah Juan (138) in 4:46, junior Adrian Zepeda (195) in 3:21 and senior Bob Lopez (285) in 5:55. Sophomore Modesto Silvestre (132) won on a 17-1 technical fall, junior Patrick McDonald (145) won on a 10-8 decision and junior George Rivas (113) won a 4-0 decision. West won another by forfeit.
St. Mary’s won two by pin, one by major decision, two by decision and one by forfeit. There was also one double-forfeit.
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