Justin-Siena wrestlers Wriley Sedgwick-Robles and Jacob Guiducci landed on the All-Tournament team at the second annual Foundation Cup Duals in Vallejo on Friday.
Sedgwick-Robles, a senior who was All-Tournament for second year in a row, went undefeated in the 126-pound class. Guiducci, a freshman, followed suit in the 113-pound class. Both wrestlers dispatched each of their opponents in the first period.
After falling 52-30 to El Camino of South San Francisco, the Braves scored their first dual-meet win of the year as a team by beating Bethel, 46-34.
They finished up by dropping a 43-42 heartbreaker to Vallejo High on tiebreaker criteria. The teams were deadlocked 42-42 after all matches were contested, but the Red Hawks earned the winning point because they had scored more points on near-falls.
Justin-Siena co-coach Jason Guiducci was philosophical after the competition.
“For the first time in four years, we filled all 14 weight classes and it showed as we stood in against very gritty programs,” he said. “We couldn’t be happier with how we showed up, as we lack experience with no feeder program. Vallejo draws a lot of talent from the Vallejo PAL (Police Activities League) and Bethel has a ton of wrestlers from the Springstowne Wrestling Academy.”
Aside from their two champions a couple of Braves’ efforts were not lost on the coaching staff. J.P. Negueloua tallied a 38-second pin against El Camino, and Tommy Lopez won a dominant 13-0 decision against Bethel and won by second-period pin against Vallejo.
El Camino went 3-0 in winning its second straight Foundation Cup.
Varsity Boys Basketball
St. Helena 57, El Molino 49
Ethan Battistini scored 13 of his career-high 29 points in the second half as the Saints outscored the Lions 24-14 to win an exciting game at home Friday night.
St. Helena slashed an eight-point deficit in the second quarter to 35-33 by halftime, behind the inspired defensive play of Christian Cia and Ryan Rockwood. After a tightly played third quarter, the teams began the fourth quarter tied at 41-41.
The see-saw battle finally swung in St. Helena’s favor late in the game when the Saints dominated the defensive boards, and came through with several key stops down the stretch.
The 6-foot-7 Battistini, had surpassed the 25-point career high he posted last year, also had 10 rebounds, five deflected passes, two steals, and his ninth 3-pointer of the season.
“Ethan played great and had a huge presence inside,” Saints assistant coach Jim Gamble said. “His inside-outside game is really tough for our opponents to defend. For a big guy, he has an incredibly smooth shooting stroke and has great range.”
Olie Russum added nine points, five rebounds and a steal, Nick Jeweroski eight points and nine rebounds, Ryan Rockwood five points, six deflections and two steals, Cia four points and three deflections, and Jonathan Gamble 11 rebounds.
The Saints took a 4-3 record into Saturday night’s game at Winters.
American Canyon 57, Drake 44
Malik Ghiden scored 17 points and made the All-Tournament team as the Wolves took third place in the Mark Madsen Invitational at San Ramon Valley High on Saturday.
John Wade had 14 points, Cameron Williams 11 and Tyler Sims 10 for American Canyon (5-4).
JV Boys Basketball
El Molino 70, St. Helena 67
Behind a 21-point effort from Caleb Jeske, the Saints played with “an energy and intensity we have been void of and searching for during the 2017-18 preseason and was brought to light in our first home game,” coach Meshach Osborne said.
Fawad Muhammad had 18 points and Jake Mendes scored 11 for St. Helena, which had “an offensive awakening that was crowd pleasing and welcome to see,” Osborne added. “The improvements made by the Saints are encouraging signs moving towards the regular season.”