|Guerrero, Clay punch tickets to state meet
Rancho Cotate wrestlers place second at NCS Championships
Rancho Cotate High School's wrestling team will send two of its members to the two-day California Interscholastic Federation State Championships, which begin Friday in Bakersfield.
Brian Guerrero and Joey Clay each advanced to the championship match Saturday at the North Coast Section Wrestling Championships in Newark in their respective weight divisions and both placed second. Both entered the NCS tournament as No. 3 seeds.
Guerrero, a junior, began his march to the final by pinning Arcata's Jake Navarre at 1:11. He followed with 7-4 and 9-2 decisions over Foothill's Dillon Haverland and San Leandro's Darren Nguyen, respectively. He assured himself of a state meet berth with a 2-1 victory over No. 2 seed David Conte of Concord's De La Salle. In the final, top-seeded Joey Vigil of Heritage proved a bit too much for Guerrero en route to a 4-0 victory.
Clay rolled into the semifinal by pinning McKinleyville's Tanner King at 1:54, with a 16-0 technical fall over Campolindo's Eric Oeth and a 7-2 win over Harrison Walsh of De La Salle. Clay overwhelmed Travis Coleman of Upper Lake, the No. 2 seed, 13-3 in the semifinal before losing a tight match to top-seeded Tyler Pardon of Livermore.
Tyler Brantley, Rancho Cotate's 160-pounder, went 1-2 at the NCS meet while Isaiah Barragan, the Cougars' 170-pound entry, was 2-2.
De La Salle won the team title for the fifth consecutive year with 253 points, followed by James Logan with 236.5. Windsor, champion of the North Bay League, was third with 201.5 points. Rancho Cotate's four-man contingent placed 18th with 68.5 points.