American Canyon High 285-pounder Lucas Gramlick, the only local wrestler in this year’s CIF State Championships, lost his first match but stayed alive with three consolation wins Friday before bowing out Saturday with a top-12 finish at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Ranked 20th in the state by thecaliforniawrestler.com going in, the senior was pinned in one minute by Centennial senior Kaleb Abernathy, ranked 16th in the state, in his opener.
Gramlick bounced back with a 5-0 win over 22nd-ranked Edgar Valdez, an Arroyo senior, before posting an impressive pin of 15th-ranked Buchanan senior Naishawn Duchett with 23 seconds left in the second period.
He then pinned 19th-ranked Bullard senior Patrick Slatic 20 seconds into the second period.
That led to a rematch with Del Campo junior Levi Markey, whom Gramlick had defeated in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I-A final two weeks before. Markey, who had just lost in the quarterfinals, ousted Gramlick with a 6-4 decision in overtime.
Jen Kansanback and Maddy Chambers each went 2 for 3 with four RBIs, Chambers belting a triple, as the Wolves routed Drake 16-2 on Feb. 28. Lisa Bolton was 1 for 2 with two RBIs, Rylee Armijo and Lylaine Jove each had two hits and an RBI, Greta Fast one hit and an RBI, and Katherine Montuya had two triples. Katrina Cole added a single.
The Wolves improved to 3-0 on Tuesday with a 4-2 win at St. Patrick-St. Vincent. It was 1-1 after one inning. American Canyon scored three in the top of the fifth and gave up one in the sixth, after which the game was called due to darkness.
The Wolves battled to a 3-3 tie in eight innings against visiting Armijo on Tuesday. The teams began a ninth inning, with Armijo scoring a run in the top half. But with American Canyon runners at first and second base in the bottom half, the umpires called the game due to darkness, and the score reverted back to the last completed inning.
Freddy Tenbrink (2 for 4, double, RBI, run) and Victor Vega (2 for 4, stolen base, run) led the Wolves’ seven-hit attack. Also contributing offensively were Jordan Fisher (1 for 5), Caleb Vallejo (1 for 2), Cameron Peters (1 for 3, two walks), Elijah DeGuzman (two walks, RBI), Jimmy Larson (sacrifice bunt, two walks, stolen base, run), Gustavo Ramirez (sacrifice bunt) and Liam Miller (hit by a pitch).
In a 5-1 home loss to Vintage on Feb. 28, the Wolves (0-2-1) got triples from Peters (1 for 1, two walks) and DeGuzman (1 for 2, run) and singles from Fisher (1 for 3, walk) and Larson (1 for 3). Vallejo and Larson were hit by pitches, and Tenbrink and Nick Countouriotis drew walks.
The Wolves had eight players receive All-Solano County Athletic Conference recognition after finishing alone in second place behind Benicia.
Making the First Team were seniors Ana Herrera, Rebecca Richards and Jaylynn Del Rosario and junior Alexus Jackson. On the Second Team are junior Camill Bagta and sophomore Korie Harvey, while junior Isabelle Ramos and sophomore Greta Fast received Honorable Mention.
The Wolves had seven players receive All-Solano County Athletic Conference recognition after sharing second place with Benicia behind champion Vallejo.
They landed seniors Alexander Gonzalez and Daniel Torres and junior Jose Lopez on the First Team and seniors Isaac Hernandez and Mario Diaz on the Second Team, while seniors Eduardo Hernandez and Gabriel Hernandez received Honorable Mention.
In a 14-1 home loss to Vintage on Feb. 28, Evangelyn Tran recorded the Wolves’ win at No. 2 singles, 21-18, 13-21, 21-18. Antoinette Nagal fell 21-12, 21-17 at No. 1 singles.
At No. 3 through No. 8 singles, respectively, Eliza Tobias lost 21-11, 21-15, Jessica Ramos 21-8, 21-15, Tammy Lam 21-5, 21-6, Sydne Johnson 21-12, 21-4, Maria Macatbag 21-14, 21-12 and Sammy Saravia 21-13, 21-12.
At No. 1 through No. 7 doubles, respectively, Nagal and Tran fell 21-18, 21-14, Lam and Ramos 21-13, 21-14, Tobias and Macatbag 21-14, 21-18, Bonalba and Badua 21-10, 21-12, Johnson and Saravia 27-25, 21-8, Genesis Billingsley and Sabina Mendoza 21-11, 21-18, and Ruth Santiago and Juliana Tran 21-19, 21-12.