Awards night

posted Mar 22, 2019, 1:55 PM by Don Packheiser

The annual wrestling awards night will be held at the Placer high school cafeteria at 6pm Friday 3/22/19. Bring something to share. 

SJS Masters

posted Feb 20, 2019, 12:13 PM by Placer Wrestling

On Valentine's day, four brave Hillmen went down the hill to take on the best in the Sac Joaquin Section. The masters lived up to the hype, with everything from amazing wrestling, major drama, contested calls, and even a fire alarm. Logan Moon made his first trip to the big show, and wrestled tough against opponents that eventually made it to state. AJ Ferreira wrestled great, but ended up dislocating and fracturing his thumb. He wanted to continue, but Coach Pack decided it was best not to risk it. AJ had a really good shot at making it to state, but will be back next year. Senior Bryce Cook wrestled like a true champion, coming up just short of making it to day two of this wild tournament. The other senior in this group, Joe Valdez made the most of his opportunities. He beat opponent after opponent, even upsetting top ranked Vacaville with a take down in overtime to secure his trip to state. The whole gym was watching as the match was delayed for almost 30 minutes. In the end, the crowd was chanting PLACER, PLACER in celebration of his victory. Day two was just to decide what place he would get in the top 6, and how good his placement would be in the state tournament. Valdez went on to avenge his FVL defeat to Oakmont, winning with a take down in the final seconds. His final opponent was last years 2nd place state finisher from Oakdale. Joe wrestled well, down only by a few points until a final shot proved unsuccessful. What a fantastic finish for this young man who has worked so hard to get where he is today. On the 21st, he will begin his final stage of the journey to place top 8 at state. If you have seen Valdez wrestle lately, I would not bet against him!

DIII Divisions

posted Feb 13, 2019, 10:40 PM by Placer Wrestling

Placer made the long trek to Atwater (by Merced) for the DIII division championships. With teams like Oakdale, Vista Del Lago, El Capitan and Patterson, it figured to be a test for the Hillmen to see if they  could make it to the next level. Logan Moon, AJ Ferreira, Chance Clements, Justus Haskin, Bryce Cook, River Rogers, and Joe Valdez all made it to day two.  Valdez did not disappoint with a stellar performance against top section ranked Martinez from Oakdale. Losing a close match in the last seconds, Valdez went on to take third with a dominant performance over Vista Del Lago. AJ Ferreira and Bryce Cook both took fourth. Cook had to wrestle his nemesis from Ponderosa in the "blood round" to see who would go on and who would go home. Cook had lost by a large margin just a week ago, but was undaunted and won, punching his ticket to the next level. AJ Ferreira and Logan (Asteroid) Moon both decided the best way to get to the next level was to toss their opponents to their backs and pin them. Asteroid finished 6th to round out the roster of Hillmen wrestlers making it to Masters. River Rogers notched two tough victories to secure 9th place. Check out their shiny blond hair next time you see them!

Proud to be a Hillman!!

FVL Championship

posted Feb 13, 2019, 10:21 PM by Placer Wrestling   [ updated Feb 13, 2019, 10:21 PM ]

In the first ever FVL championship tournament, the Placer Hillmen made it clear that their season was not done. Out of the 15 wrestlers that went (13 boys and two girls), 13 are going to divisions next week. Taking top honors were AJ Ferreira (115) and River Rogers (147). Both our seniors Bryce Cook (140) and Joseph Valdez (172) took second. Third place went to Logan Moon (108), Chance Clements (122), and Noah Cardelli (162). Finishing out our qualifiers in fourth place were Justus Haskin (128), Jacob Roe (182), Zach Moman (195), and Cameron Briggs (287). Abby Boynton and Saybra Silveria both go to Ceres for division championships, while the 11 boys that qualified go to Atwater. Tournament stand outs were FVL MVP's AJ Ferreira and River Rogers who dominated their opponents all day.


The most exciting matches of the day go to Cameron Briggs who beat his opponent from Rio Linda by a pin in the first period. Briggs lost to him earlier in the season, but his hard work paid off as that victory punched his ticket to the next level. The other match was with Noah Cardelli against his Lincoln opponent. It was a back and forth high scoring event, with Cardelli winning in the last seconds with a reversal that put his opponent on his back!


Way to go Placer!!

Mark Fuller Invitational

posted Dec 12, 2018, 12:50 PM by Placer Wrestling

Placer came to wrestle at the Mark Fuller Invitational tournament. Only fielding 8 wrestlers, Placer proceeded to dominate the competition and place 4th as a team, only two points out of 3rd. Medalists for Placer included Joe Valdez (1st), Bryce Cook and River Rogers (2nd), and Logan Moon and AJ Ferreira (3rd). Everyone, including Justus Haskin, Poncho Claudio, and Noah Cardelli elevated their wrestling to the next level. I can't wait to see what they do this year!

Eldo Scrimmage

posted Dec 12, 2018, 12:45 PM by Placer Wrestling

In our king of the hill scrimmage, Placer faced El Dorado and Golden Sierra for some pre season practice matches. Our ladies went undefeated! Go Lady Hillmen! Our gentlemen fared well too, garnering several victories and gaining much needed mat experience. Everyone walked away a better wrestler.

Panu Classic

posted Dec 12, 2018, 12:42 PM by Placer Wrestling

Our first tournament found our new wrestlers getting good experience to prepare for the season. Our ladies did well, with Kiya Lenz getting her first ever victory on the mat. Abby Boynton wrestled through a breathing illness to nab a couple of victories. "Zebra" pinned 4 of her 5 opponents to take 2nd. Also finishing 2nd were "Poncho" and "Asteroid". Way to start the season Placer!

Placer shines at Whitney scrimmage

posted Dec 12, 2018, 12:38 PM by Placer Wrestling

Placer came ready to show their skills at the Whitney scrimmage. Our men and women set the tone with tough wrestling and great endurance! It was a good day to be a Hillman!

Division Championships

posted Feb 17, 2018, 9:03 PM by Placer Wrestling

It was a gold medal performance for the Placer Hillmen wrestling team at the D IV championships at Foothill high school. With 7 wrestlers making it to day two of the championships, Placer was poised to light up the mats against some tough competition. There was no "semi slide" for the Hillmen. Six of the Seven wrestlers win their way to the medal round. That means all six were going to be heading to Masters in Stockton next week.

Finals action started with freshman AJ Ferreira at 108lbs. He made short work of his Rosemont opponent. Ferreira simply overpowered his adversary, pinning him in the second round. Senior Gavin Sweeney takes second in a heart breaker against Patterson at 120lbs. Sophomore River Rogers faced his PVL rival for the third time this year and came away with another spectacular victory, securing another gold medal for Placer at 138lbs. Junior Bryce Cook clawed his way to another match up against his nemesis from Center, falling just short to take 4th at 145lbs. Always exciting, Junior Joseph Valdez secured his gold at 170lbs by stifling his opponent and coming away with the victory. Not to be outdone, senior Paul Banks got revenge over Center capturing another gold for Placer!

Placer finished third in team score to end an amazing day of wrestling. Next week's action is at the Stockton arena Friday and Saturday, Feb 23rd and 24th.

PVL Finale

posted Feb 10, 2018, 7:14 PM by Placer Wrestling

In Placer's PVL finale, the Hillmen definitely wanted to end on a high note. Placer's JV started things out with two champions. Mason Packheiser took the 106 pound weight class while Kane Kelley dominated the 132 pound category. That was just the beginning for your Hillmen. In Varsity action, AJ Ferreira got Placer going with a first round pin over Center to secure the top spot at 106. At 113, Logan "Asteroid" Moon took a solid 3rd place. Senior Gavin Sweeney takes his fourth consecutive PVL title at 120 pounds with a first round pin over Lincoln. At 126, freshmen Justus Haskin surprised the field finishing 3rd with his second round pin over Foothill. Thomas Thornton continued to give his opponents flying lessons when in the finals, he threw his Center opponent to his back in the first round for another Placer pin. River Rogers had one of the most exciting matches of the day with his 1 point victory to secure another first place finish for the Hillmen. Bryce Cook 145, Sam Bender 152, Christian Westphalen 160, Jacob Grim 195, and Paul Banks 220 had strong showings all finishing in 2nd place. Francisco Claudio finished 4th at 182, while Joseph Valdez 170, up by a score of 18 to 5, pins his opponent in the third for another 1st place finish for Placer. As a team, Placer finished over 50 points ahead of the second place Zebras to cap a truly amazing PVL season. All 13 wrestlers that competed at the varsity level for Placer will continue on to the division championships next Friday and Saturday at Foothill high school.

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