Lakeview High School wrestling sent six wrestlers southbound to Anderson, Calif. for one of the more difficult California-based high school tournaments, the NorCal Tournament, held Jan. 3-4.
Welcoming 33 California schools as well as one from Nevada in addition to Lakeview and South Medford, the two-day tournament included some of the best high school individual wrestlers and teams on the west coast. Orland High School won the tournament on team points, but Lakeview despite its diminished team size following the holiday break still managed to place three wrestlers within the top-six of their respective weight classes. Each weight class was divided into 32-entrant tournament brackets.
Granger, competing in the 126-weight class, garnered his best tournament of the season-to-date, pinning Luis Gonzalez of Willows High School in his opening match. Granger lost in the quarterfinals to Colin Hilliard of Casa Grande, an even match that came down to the final seconds in a 6-4 loss on points. Granger rebounded with wins over Justus Haskin of Placer, 7-3, and Mauricio Figueroa of Antioch by forfeit. In the consolation semifinal match, Granger lost by fall to Nathan Herring of Will C. Wood High School, placing Granger in the fifth place match, which he won, 13-6, over Dalton Farnham of Esparto to claim fifth place overall.
Ludwig, competing at 152 pounds, placed sixth overall. Ludwig opened the tournament in dominant fashion, winning a 12-0 decision over Alex McIntosh of Trinity, then defeated the second-seed, Chris Ostergren of Foothill, by fall. Ludwig lost his semifinal match to Shawn Pagenkopp of Las Plumas, placing Ludwig in the consolation semifinal. After losing the consolation match to Lucas Riviera of South Medford, Ludwig lost the fifth-place match, dropping to sixth place overall.
Julian would also earn sixth place in the 170-pound bracket. Julian opened the tournament with three straight wins, all by fall. In the semifinals Julian lost to the eventual tournament champion, Benicio Martinez of Orland, dropping Julian into the consolation semifinal. There he lost to Brayden Murdock of Bishop Manogue, 6-2, and then lost the fifth-place match to Ryan Hurt of University Prep, 8-7.
Ward, Culbertson, and Wyatt Julian all were eliminated in competition prior to earning the potential to reach the podium.
“Our wrestlers wrestled very well in a difficult tournament,” said LHS head coach Shannon Ludwig. “Everyone competed hard and I am especially pleased with Brayson, Morgan, and Dylan for making it to the podium that included some talented California wrestlers.”
Lakeview will host Modoc High School in a dual wrestling meet at Honker Court on Wednesday, Jan. 8, and then travel to a dual meet against Rogue River High School on Saturday, Jan. 11.