Defending the Gladiator Arena

posted May 2, 2021, 3:35 PM by Don Packheiser

Placer took to the mat Saturday to defend the gladiator arena know as the Earl Crabbe gym. It would be the last home competition for this crazy covid year, and senior appreciation for all seven of Placer's departing seniors (Logan Moon, Chance Clements, Justus Haskin, Emily Reynolds, Ethan Basque, Aidan Alvarez, and Alex Rosales). The Hillmen would not disappoint their socially distanced crowd. Wyatt Hardtke, Logan Moon, Bre Packheiser, Jackson Addison, Ian Reynolds, Sean Fleming, Jack Spaid, Grant Eklund, Enzo Gallo, Ethan Basque, Justus Haskin, Chance Clements, and Jaxson Ramirez ALL pinned their opponents. Senior Alex Rosales blanked his opponent 10-0. Every senior that had a match won this glorious day and drove the crowd into a frenzy. If you missed the action, the video was posted to facebook. Match of the day was when Logan Moon pinned his Colfax opponent in the second round without letting them score a point. Like everyday, it was a great day to be a Hillman! 

Placer v Lincoln/West Park

posted May 2, 2021, 3:21 PM by Don Packheiser   [ updated May 2, 2021, 3:23 PM ]

Placer lost a close one against Lincoln. Lots of great wrestling, started off with Grant Eklund's victory over Juarez of Lincoln. Moon, and Haskin followed with 2 pins to put Placer in the lead. Lincoln took the next few matches until Alex Rosales finished off with a pin of his own. Placer pinned all but one West Park opponent against West Park! Great job!!

First Dual of 2021. Placer v Oakmont and West Park

posted Apr 19, 2021, 5:33 PM by Don Packheiser

Wow!!! That could be the whole article. The Hillmen came out ready to wrestle. The heart displayed by our young men and women made me so proud. Everyone wrestled every second of every match, and as a coach, I could not ask for more. Special shout out to Emily Reynolds and Tristan Platt who wrestled for their first time as Hillmen. Pins were recorded by Breanna Packheiser, Logan Moon, Wyatt Hardtke, Chance Clements, Elias Alvarez, Aidan Alvarez, Cole Upton, Justus Haskin, and Ian Reynolds. Other victories included Enzo Gallo and Jackson Addison. WOW!!!

Mat Classic

posted Jan 13, 2020, 10:10 AM by Don Packheiser

The long trip to Livermore was worth it for the Placer Hillmen. 8 wrestlers fought their way through the ranks of 63 other teams to finish 14th as a team. Individual standouts were Logan Moon who finished 2nd, River Rogers who finished 3rd, and Justus Haskin who finished 5th. 

Beast of the North

posted Jan 9, 2020, 2:37 PM by Don Packheiser

At the Norcal Championships in Anderson, Placer took on teams from all over, including Oregon and Nevada. The Hillmen wrestled with their characteristic grit and determination, and finished 10th overall as a team. The Placer Beast of the North, complete with belt buckle, was Logan Moon. Maybe his nickname is Asteroid because his wrestling is out of this world. On this day, no one came close. Moon pinned all but one of his opponents to be crowned the champion. Macoy Reed had a strong showing, finishing 5th at 132. Other placers for Placer were River Rogers at 6th, and Ethan Basque at 7th. 

Placer v Rio Linda

posted Jan 9, 2020, 2:27 PM by Don Packheiser   [ updated Jan 9, 2020, 2:30 PM ]

Placer found it's way to the Knights to see if they could extend their unbeaten streak. The Knights were many, but Placer showed their character. Basque and Briggs started us off in JV matches with 2 pins! Grant Eklund wrestled one of their captains and even though he was a freshman giving up 10 lbs, he barely lost a close decision. Jonathon Griffith started the Placer scoring with a 2nd round pin at 113. Logan Moon continued the trend, summarily throwing his man to his back and pinning him in the first. Justus Haskin took on their other captain, the same guy that painfully pinned him at No Guts No Glory. This time, Justus fought off the leg ride attack to lose a close decision. That would be all the scoring for a while, as the Hillmen went on a 5 match winning streak, where Macoy Reed, River Rogers, and Thomas Thornton all earned quick pins. Mason Packheiser took the forfeit at 145, while Drake Rayburn earned an 8-3 win. Cole Upton gave up a lot of weight, but fought through the entire match. At this point, the score was 39-12. Good thing too, because Placer had 3 forfeits. Alejandro Rosales took on his nemesis who had already defeated him at previous tournaments. They were tied 1-1 at the end of 2, and even with an injury break, Alex kept it close with a narrow defeat. Final: 39-33, Placer! Great job Hillmen. 

Placer vs NU

posted Jan 3, 2020, 3:15 AM by Don Packheiser

It was a cold January evening as the NU Miners rolled down the hill to enter the Earl Crabbe gladiator arena. We had a special exhibition from Ricky who set the tone early with a pin over Tosh Moon. The Hillmen followed suit with the short handed crew and delivered pin after pin. At the end of the evening, when the blood had dried, Placer stood victorious amassing 60 points to NU's 24. All but one victory, and all by pins. In the house were Dr. Kirby and Jim Otto. They must have inspired those young men and women to greatness. Or maybe it was Ricky. Whatever the case, it was  a great night to be a Hillman. 

No Guts, No Glory

posted Jan 1, 2020, 10:13 PM by Placer Wrestling

What do 9 guys, 36 teams, and the heart of champions have in common? No Guts, No Glory. Placer came with only 9 guys, but went on a pin fest to place second overall in the team score by a mere 1.5 points. River Rogers took his Durham opponent into overtime. There, he did what he does best and took him down to win the match that took him to the finals where he dispatched his Armijo opponent to bring home the gold. Logan Moon faced his arch rival from River City (the same one he beat at Marty Manges for 3rd). This time he came up just short and had to battle back in the consolation bracket. He walked through the rest of the competition to claim bronze. Noah Cardelli wrestled like a man possessed to capture 4th place. Justus Haskin, Jackson Addison, and Cameron Briggs all had strong outings, each finishing 5th, while Sergio Nucamendi finished 6th, much to the delight of his team and family. Placer looks to take on Nevada Union in league action this Thursday, January 2nd at Placer. Be there and check out all the action. Go Hillmen!

Marty Manges

posted Dec 23, 2019, 12:27 PM by Placer Wrestling

Placer only brought a few wrestlers to this tough tournament, but those that came wrestled well. Macoy Reed lost his first match but battled back to take 7th by winning the rest of his matches. Justus Haskin, who decided to come at the last minute made the most of his opportunity to take 6th after breaking his bracket and knocking out seeded wrestlers. He finished 6th on the day. Logan Moon battled through a fever to finish 3rd, pinning his River City opponent that had barely beaten him earlier in the day. Heart is all I need to say there. River Rogers suffered only one defeat, dominating the rest of his opponents and taking 3rd on the day. Great job Hillmen!

Wildcat Classic

posted Dec 23, 2019, 12:12 PM by Placer Wrestling

The Whitney HS Wildcat classic lived up to it's name. It was wild indeed for the Placer Hillmen, who registered 26 wins, of which 21 were pins. Everyone wrestled great, but stand out performances were turned in by Noah Cardelli who scored 29 points in ONE match, Cole Upton, who pinned all of his opponents, and Jackson Addison, who also pinned everyone who stepped on the mat with him.

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