The Justin-Siena wrestling team kicked off its season in strong fashion at home Wednesday as 11 Braves scored top-four finishes at the Marin County Athletic League Novice Tournament at Clark Gym.
“This was one of the more competitive MCAL Novice events we’ve been to, as all nine schools were in attendance and over 100 competitors competed,” Justin-Siena co-coach Jason A. Guiducci said. “They also had two tiers – Tier 1 being for first-year high school wrestlers and Tier 2 being for returning wrestlers who’ve yet to medal at the varsity level.”
Dominating for the Braves were freshmen Jacob Guiducci and Hung Tran, an international student from Vietnam, each notching a 3-0 record with three pins to win his Tier 1 weight class.
Justin-Siena’s other Tier 1 placers were Helen Neidhoefer (second), Nathan Lowenstein (third), Anthony Fannin (fourth) and Johnathan Morales (fourth). Placing in Tier 2 were Syohei Harr (third), Tommy Lopez (third), Dylan Bertani (third), JP Negueloua (third) and Mack Gentry (fourth).
The Braves head back on the mat Nov. 29 to host Sacred Heart Cathedral in their La Sallian Cup dual Nov. 29 in the Justin-Siena Dining Hall.
Wolves place at SCAC/MEL Novice Tourney
Several American Canyon wrestlers notched top-four finishes in the Solano County Athletic Conference/Monticello Empire League Novice Tournament on Wednesday at Fairfield High.
“The team wrestled tough today,” head coach Rick Manibusan said. “Of course, we will need to work on some things, but overall we look good. The coaching staff is very proud of their performance.”
Taking home championship honors were Colton Pittman (157 pounds), Michael Fredette (189) and Maylin Reyes (105). Placing second were Elijah Beronilla (99), Devin Garingaran (125), David Pult (135), Joseph Brumm (167) and Lillian Gramlick (198).
Third-place finishers were Jason Hester (100), Gabriel Camacho (105), Josh Ricafort (135), Ezekiel Anderson (140), EJ Beronilla (148), Davion Salanga (150), Evandrick Bagta (153), Jared Martinez (169), Glen Garduce (205) and Alexi Cabanez (110).
Fourth-place finishers were Benjamin Gomez (115), Christian Gomez (125), Matthew Ruiz (130), Bryon Megia (133), Thomas Manibusan (145), Marben Centeno (171), Joshua Garduce (180), Shannon McClinton-Horner (195) and Amaya Maulino (97).
Varsity Girls Basketball
Justin-Siena 50, Windsor 43
The Braves visited Windsor for their Foundation Game, an exhibition contest that is played to raise funds for North Coast Section scholarships and does not count toward the teams’ records.
Justin-Siena had trouble making shots early and trailed 14-8 after the first quarter and 20-10 midway through the second quarter. However, the visitors finished the first half on a 10-0 run the first half and began the second half with a 7-0 surge, changing the game and taking the lead for good. They outscored the Jaguars 22-7 in the third quarter to take a commanding 42-27 lead into the fourth, and Windsor made some shots late to close the final gap.
The Braves committed only nine turnovers, while the Jaguars had 27.
Ally Jackson led Justin-Siena with 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals and added three assists. Emmy Morrison had 15 points and four rebounds, and Ashlee Whittemore had 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Mary Minigan chipped in two points and Karlie Wells added three rebounds.
Kiran Monteverdi and Ella Thatcher “both played very well on defense and made a lot of plays that won’t show up in the stat sheet,” head coach Andy Bettencourt said.
“Overall, we had a good night,” the coach added. “We were able to make a nice run and played some really good basketball at times throughout the night. We definitely have some things to clean up as we go forward, and we know this group will do that. The resiliency the players showed in fighting through tough shooting early was nice to see.”
The Braves will officially open their season by visiting Vintage at 7 p.m. Saturday.