Six Justin-Siena wrestlers teamed to place sixth out of 20 teams in the Deets Winslow Invitational at Sonoma Valley High on Saturday.
Jacob Guiducci and Brandon Guiducci went a combined 7-0 to capture gold medals. Jacob won the 134-pound final with a 33-second pin over a Sacred Heart Prep opponent. Brandon pinned teammate and training partner Sebastian Medina in the 128-pound final in 3:22, after Medina had stunned several opponents to get there.
Medina’s silver-medal finish was matched by Cooper Cohee, who was second in the 115-pound class after dropping a regular decision to the Central Coast Section’s third-ranked Jeremiah Mateo of Sacred Heart.
JP Negueloua rounded out the Braves’ medal run by earning a bronze medal in the 197-pound weight class, going 4-1 on the day.
Cole Chatagnier wrestled at 154 pounds went 1-2, pinning a wrestler from former Marin County Athletic League foe Tamalpais.
“These kids were on fire today and really snapped back from our dual meet last week,” said Justin-Siena head coach Jason Guiducci. “Jacob and Brandon wrestled in sound physical and technical fashion. Sebastian caught a lot of people by surprise, and to see two Braves in the final was a real treat.
“Cooper met a potential state qualifier and gave as good as he took, while JP continued his rapid improvement. Cole’s win was emblematic of our overall program growth taking down a wrestler from an MCAL program we used to struggle with. As a matter of fact, we were undefeated against MCAL competitors today, which shows how far we’ve come. This was the first time we’ve attended this event and the kids really made Justin-Siena shine today.”
Varsity Boys Basketball
Petaluma 46, Vintage 31
The Crushers struggled to score in Friday night’s Vine Valley Athletic League road loss as Blake Murray and Imani Lopez led them with 9 and 8 points, respectively. Owen Schnaible chipped in 5 and Loren Castro scored 4 for Vintage (8-8, 2-1 VVAL).
“Petaluma was the better team tonight,” Crushers head coach Ben Gongora said of the Trojans (10-5, 2-0 VVAL). “I’m looking forward to playing them at our place (on Feb. 1). But that’s not our focus right now. Our focus is going 1-0 at Sonoma Valley on Wednesday.”
The Dragons (7-7, 1-1 VVAL) lost just 61-60 at Petaluma on Wednesday.
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The Crushers will then put their 5-0 home record on the line in Friday night’s Big Game against Napa.
Varsity Girls Basketball
Justin drops a pair
The Justin-Siena girls basketball team dropped its third and fourth straight games at the end of last week.
The Braves fell to Napa, 46-28, in Vine Valley Athletic League action on Thursday and then again in a non-league contest to Maria Carillo, 47-27, on Saturday.
Isabella Wright led the Braves (5-12, 1-2 VVAL) against the Grizzlies (8-8, 2-1 VVAL) with 7 points and 6 rebounds. Also contributing were Mary Heun (7 points, 2 steals), Isabelle Wells (5 points), Cassie Richardson (4 points), Samai Wilson (2 points, 6 rebounds) and Gabi Richardson (2 points, 6 rebounds).
Justin led 11-9 early in the second quarter but Napa broke off a 26-0 run to go into the break with a 35-11 lead and never looked back.
On Saturday, the Pumas used a combination of solid three-point shooting and a stifling zone to take a 28-12 lead at halftime. The Braves cut the deficit to 10 several times in the second half but couldn’t get any closer.
Heun led the way with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Other contributions came from Wright (6 points, 7 rebounds), Gabi Richardson (4 points, 3 rebounds), Lexi Rosenbrand (3 points, 4 rebounds) and Alyssa Curtola (2 points, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds).
“Unfortunately we are just going through a rough patch right now, especially on offense,” said head coach Andrew Bettencourt. “We are not making enough shots to stay competitive in these games. The players realize it and continue to work hard to improve. Hopefully a few practice days before our next game will provide an opportunity to correct a few things and get ready for the rest of the season.”
The Braves will look to get back on track Thursday when Sonoma (4-10, 0-2 VVAL) comes to town for more league action.