Three area wrestlers are finalists in Clovis
Three area wrestlers reached the finals of the 35th annual Doc Buchanan Invitational last Saturday in Clovis.
State No. 1 Shayne Tucker of Bella Vista, a senior, lost 5-3 to senior Reed Van Anrooy of Roseburg, Ore., in the 152-pound final; Folsom's state No. 2 Nick Fiegener, a junior, fell 16-1 to state No. 1 Isaiah Martinez of Lemoore in the 160-pound class; and state No. 1 Peter Santos of Oakmont, a senior, lost 1-0 to No. 2 Corey Griego of Sultana of Hesperia in the 170-pound finals.
Oak Ridge's Keaton Subjeck, a senior ranked No. 3 in the state, defeated Central Catholic of Modesto's Ray Lomas in the 170-pound third-place final.
Other area wrestlers to finish among the top eight: Natomas senior Jordan Sepeda, fourth, 220; Ponderosa freshman Jimmy Scarr, fifth, 132; Folsom sophomore Lorenzo De la Riva, seventh, 145; Ponderosa junior Torry Williams, eighth, 145; senior Nick Troquato, Ponderosa, eighth, 182; and Ponderosa junior Dylan Gabel, eighth, 170.
Two-time defending CIF state champion Clovis won the tournament for the fourth consecutive season, beating Eastern prep school power Wyoming Seminary of Kingston, Pa., by two points. The tournament drew 41 nationally ranked wrestlers.
Clovis is coached by Steve Tirapelle and his son Adam. Steve formerly coached at Johnson High, and Adam won two state titles as a wrestler one at Johnson, the other at Buchanan of Clovis.
Cattolico to remain Pleasant Grove coach
A month after he stunned his Pleasant Grove football players in a tearful announcement that he would step down as head coach, Joe Cattolico called an audible and informed the Eagles he will remain with the program.
Cattolico had said he needed to better balance his family life with teaching and football.
But after talking things over more with his wife, Natasha, a teacher at Monterey Trail, Cattolico decided to return.
"We were able to figure out a plan for our family that allows me to continue to be the football coach," Cattolico said. "I am excited to be back, and I'm looking forward to continuing to work with the student-athletes and football staff here."
Cattolico has been the school's only varsity football coach, having won or shared four Delta River League championships with a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship in 2010.
St. Francis' Palmeri up for national honor
St. Francis senior Gabriella Palmeri is one of 60 players, including six from California, to get a PrepVolleyball.com National Senior Player of the Year nomination.
The Bee Player of the Year and 6-foot outside hitter helped St. Francis reach the CIF State Division I championship game this season. She will play on scholarship at Pepperdine.