Mark Fuller Invitational

posted 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 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

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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

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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.

Rivalry week against the Zebras

posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:26 PM by Placer Wrestling

Rivalry week was at it's best with an electric atmosphere at Lincoln High. Lincoln was out of the running for the title and Placer had first place already sewn up, but it was senior night, and it was Lincoln against Placer--all the ingredients for a great night of wrestling. The JV action set the tone for the night, with Mason Packheiser starting it off with a 3rd period pin. Chance Clements wrestled the match of his life, fighting back and forth finally getting an escape in the last seconds for the victory. Kane Kelley earned a 5-2 decision, while Noah Cardelli eked out a last second 11-10 victory. Now it was go time for the Placer Varsity. Bryce Cook 145 and Sam Bender 152 start things off with dramatic pins to fire up the Placer squad. Christian Westphalen 160 denied his opponent the pin. Francisco (Pancho) Claudio collected a forfeit at 170. Joe Valdez 182 and Paul Banks 220 completely dominated their opponents with first round pins making the score 30-11. Colton McElroy 285, Logan (Asteroid) Moon 106 and AJ Ferreira 113 lost tough battles and suddenly the score was 30-25. The Zebra fans were in a frenzy. Gavin Sweeney 120 turned the momentum back to Placer with an amazing second round pin. Ethan Basque 126 and Tom Thornton 132 followed suit with pins of their own, putting the meet out of reach. Lincoln was not done fighting though. Their decorated senior Caleb Welsh against Placer sophomore River Rogers at 138. Arguably the most exciting match of the night. It went the distance, but in the end, Rogers and the Hillmen were just too much for the Zebras. Final score, Placer 51, Lincoln 25. Placer will be the top seed from the PVL for the team section title at Lincoln of Stockton this Saturday February 3, While Saybra Silveria and Abby Boynton travel to Natomas High for the ladies division championship.

Placer Duals

posted Feb 1, 2018, 9:21 PM by Placer Wrestling

First of all, big thank you to all those volunteers who made this tournament run smoother than ever and get the teams done and out by 3:15! Placer went 3-2 with several wrestlers missing from the lineup due to injuries. A one point loss to Yuba City followed by 3 big wins over Woodland, Argonaut and Bradshaw Christian showed the crowd that Placer came to wrestle. No one exemplified that more than a JV freshman who stepped up for battle. His name? Justus Haskin. He never gave up, not even for a second. Come from behind pins in two of his wins. Paul Banks continued his dominance by going undefeated. Everyone Hillman contributed to an amazing day of wrestling. I am so proud!

Foothill, Center Double dual

posted Jan 24, 2018, 10:04 PM by Placer Wrestling

Placer had their second double dual tonight against Foothill and Center. Foothill had a good young team but only had 6 wrestlers to go against a full Placer lineup. Jacob Grim came away with a couple of victories (one exhibition) by pin! Other pins were racked up by Justus Haskin, Ethan Basque  and Joe Valdez.

Center beat Lincoln and faced Placer next. Colton McElroy started the action with a pin at 285. Logan (Asteroid) Moon wowed the crowd with a 2nd round pin over his 106 lb opponent. AJ Ferreira, Gavin Sweeney, Thomas Thornton, River Rogers, Joe Valdez, and Paul Banks also pinned their opponents to keep Placer in the lead. Placer actually never trailed as Francisco (Pancho) Claudio received a forfeit at 182 to secure at least a share of first place in the PVL.

Jason White Memorial Tournament

posted Jan 24, 2018, 10:01 PM by Placer Wrestling

Saturday, Placer ventured to Olivehurst to test their mettle. What a great day for Placer wrestling. They won early and often. The Placer juggernaut rolled through the competition with the following wrestlers placing: River Rogers and Jacob Grim took 8th. Sam Bender, Christian Westphalen and Colton McElroy all finished 5th. Tom Thornton took 4th. AJ Ferreira and Gavin Sweeney took 3rd. Joe Valdez took 2nd, and Paul Banks not only took first, but was the MVP of the tournament! It's a great day to be a Hillman!

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