The Justin-Siena wrestling team prevailed 42-29 over host Marin Catholic after falling 70-6 to three-time defending Marin County Athletic League champion Redwood in a tri-meet Wednesday in Kentfield.
“We’ve been hit hard by a massive flu bug recently, so tonight we were a bit shorthanded and stretched our weakened lineup as far as we could,” Braves co-coach Jason Guiducci said. “It was too much to overcome against Redwood’s depth, but we battled back against MC and couldn’t be more proud.”
After Jacob Guiducci’s second-period pin accounted for the only points against Redwood, Justin-Siena engaged in a see-saw battle against the Wildcats. The exhausted Braves trailed 29-18 at one point before rattling off 24 points to seal their first MCAL victory of 2018.
Justin-Siena’s staff singled out the “All-Heart” efforts of Tommy Lopez, who scored a pin at the 5:08 mark in a 4-4 tie, and Syohei Harr, who was wrestling up a weight class and was nearly pinned in the second period before turning the tide while down 7-2 and scoring a pin at the 3:27 mark.
“Those two were extra special tonight,” Braves co-coach Jesse Ward said. “We also loved the efforts of freshmen Johnathan Morales, Nathan Lowenstein and Anthony Fannin, who lost but continue to have the commitment to step out there and compete as varsity wrestlers.”
Rodriguez 50, Vintage 29
Reece Imrie scored a 12-0 superior decision at 113 pounds and Tucker Lanoue (145) pinned his Rodriguez opponent in the third period to lead the Crushers in Wednesday’s Monticello Empire League home loss.
Also earning points for Vintage were James Robert (182), who won by injury default in the first period, and Dominic Smith (220) and Konrad Fiske (285), who picked up forfeit wins.
Benicia 69, American Canyon 9
Devin Garingarao (126 pounds) and Lucas Gramlick (285) won for the Wolves in Wednesday’s Solano County Athletic Conference loss to the visiting Panthers.
Varsity Girls Basketball
Antioch 47, Vintage 36
The Crushers trailed 9-7 and 21-18 after the first two quarters of the hard-fought game Wednesday night at Antioch, but couldn’t overcome the Panthers’ small squad.
“I really felt our up-tempo would wear them down, as they only played six players,” Vintage head coach Joe Donohoe said. “But in the third quarter their very talented post player, Ma’Layne Barnett (18 points 18 rebounds) took the game over.”
With some missed opportunities, not for lack of effort, the Crushers went into the fourth quarter down 37-24 and finished only two points closer.
“I am very proud of our girls, as they continued to battle throughout,” Donohoe added. “We got to within seven twice in the final period, but I give Antioch credit for responding every time we made a dent in the score.”
Alyssa Andrews led the Crushers scoring with 14 points while adding five rebounds two assists. Nicole Gleeson had 13 points, four rebounds and three steals, and Megan Kuehl four points and six rebounds.
Kate Ilsley supplied three points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals, Maya Sapienza two points and four rebounds, and Lily Meyers four rebounds and two assists. Carlyn Bacci played very well, Donohoe said, particularly on the defensive end.
“We obviously would have liked to end our preseason schedule with a win,” the coach added. “However, I’m very happy where we are at heading into league play, 10-7. We played some good teams and had several close games, which should prepare us for the upcoming 10-game league schedule. Our goals are still intact and we are excited to go after them.”
The Crushers host Wood (10-7) in their MEL opener at 7 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats return four of their top five scorers from last year’s second-place squad.
Benicia 42, American Canyon 24
Earning points for the hosting Wolves in Wednesday’s SCAC loss were Jason Hester (106 pounds), Gabriel Camacho (113), Justin Del Rosario (138) and Glenn Garduce (220).
Rodriguez 37, Vintage 30
The Crushers fell in Wednesday’s MEL road match despite pins in the first period by Renny Aguilar, Martha Avina, Izza Belle Ygnalaga. Avery Hall notched a second-period pin and Justin Verville won by forfeit. The Crushers will compete in the Albany JV Tournament and the Tokay Lady Tigers Invitational on Saturday.
Freshman Girls Basketball
Vintage 36, Antioch 32
The Crushers were led in Wednesday’s road win by Natalie Harlow with nine points. Also contributing were Chantal Nava with eight points, Ana Casey and Olivia Kerr with six apiece, Jaclyn Cole with four, Seham Steyteyieh with two, and Kalynn Loftis with a free throw.