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Published: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 - 6:20 pm

Bella Vista wrestler Tucker ranked No. 1

Bella Vista senior and two-time Sac-Joaquin Section wrestling champion Shayne Tucker is No. 1 at 152 pounds in the latest state rankings by the California Wrestler.

Tucker has won major tournaments in Reno and Escalon and finished second at the prestigious Doc Buchanan Invitational in Clovis.

Tucker won the section title and finished second in the state last season at 138 pounds, and he won the 130-pound section championship and placed fourth in California as a sophomore.

Other area wrestlers ranked among the state's top four: Folsom's Nick Fiegener, No. 2, 160; Oakmont's Peter Santos, No. 2, and Oak Ridge's Keaton Subjeck, No. 3, 170; Bella Vista's Victor Trujillo, No. 3, 126; Natomas' Jordan Sepeda, No. 3, 220; and Elk Grove's Scott Votino, No. 4, 195.

• The National Federation of State High School Associations criticized the International Olympic Committee's vote to drop wrestling from the Summer Games beginning in 2020. "Wrestling has been a core sport at the high school, college and Olympic levels for more than 100 years," Bob Gardner, the NFHS executive director, said in a news release. "More than 272,000 boys are involved in high school wrestling programs and it is the sixth-most popular sport."

• The Sac-Joaquin Section divisional championships will be held Friday and Saturday at six sites: Division I-AA, Vintage-Napa; D-IA, Pitman-Turlock; D-II, Del Campo; D-III, Foothill; D-IV, Los Banos; and D-V, Mesa Verde.

More area athletes sign with colleges

Here are additional area athletes who have announced where they will play at four-year colleges:

• Rocklin's Leah Carter, track, Nevada

• Ponderosa's Curtis Catron, football, Southern Oregon

• Rocklin's Mikayla Clifford, soccer, Stanislaus State

• Roseville's Chanisse Hendrix, soccer, Colorado College

• Jesuit's Padraic McCullaugh, soccer, Villanova

• Del Campo's Eugene Panasyuk, football, Willamette

• Rio Americano's Jennifer Petrovich, volleyball, Columbia

• Sheldon's Megan Smith, soccer, Southern Oregon

• Jesuit's Steven Wright, soccer, Washington

Et cetera

• Rio Linda High School football coach Michael Morris has been named a CIF State Model Coach Award recipient. Morris, a world history teacher, has coached football at Rio Linda since 1991. He also serves as athletic director and is an assistant track and field coach. He is one of 14 statewide recipients.

• Hiram Johnson defeated Valley 69-40 last Friday in a Metro Conference girls basketball game that snapped the Warriors' 68-game losing streak spanning four seasons.

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