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.

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!

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