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  • Brian Baer / Special to The Bee

    Bella Vista's Shayne Tucker, top, wins his third Masters championship. He will try to capture his first state title next week.

  • Brian Baer / Special to The Bee

    Elk Grove's Jaharee Taylor, left, prevails in his heavyweight final against Sam Alnassiri of Sheldon. They have wrestled each other since they were seventh-graders.

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Eight area wrestlers wins Masters titles

Published: Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 - 9:39 am

STOCKTON – The 285-pound final was guaranteed to be a Sacramento-area affair when the semifinal brackets filled with area wrestlers.

But once Elk Grove's Jaharee Taylor beat Jeff Camilli of Ponderosa in overtime by a 2-1 decision Saturday, the heavyweight final then became an all-Elk Grove-area affair at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters wrestling tournament at Stockton Arena, where eight Sacramento-region wrestlers won titles.

On the next mat, Sheldon's Sam Alnassiri and Tyler Hecht of Franklin were tied 2-2 in overtime, but Alnassiri advanced with a 7-4 decision.

Taylor and Alnassiri, both seniors, advanced to the final with a shared history.

The two have wrestled each other since they were seventh-graders.

"Me and Sam always had a little rivalry," Taylor said. "This (was) good because last year we were battling for who could go. This time we were fighting for who takes first. This is really good."

Taylor defeated Alnassiri for seventh place at last season's Masters, leaving the Sheldon junior one place shy of a state tournament berth. While rivals, they're buddies, too.

"He is a friend and a good rival," Taylor said.

In the final, Taylor scored a 2-1 win over Alnassiri with a takedown in the third period.

Once the final buzzer sounded, Taylor looked over to Elk Grove coach Jeff Coffing and said, "Get the ink ready."

Taylor wasn't talking about a new tattoo, but rather getting his name on a plaque in the Elk Grove gym that has a long list of Thundering Herd wrestling champions. That list includes Coffing and his brother Adam.

Saturday's win was also a surprise and a boost of confidence for Taylor, who finished ahead of the three wrestlers he placed behind at last week's Division IA section meet.

"Last week, I had a lot on my mind," Taylor said. "I took the week to focus. (The Masters title) means a lot to me."

Tucker's three-peat – Shayne Tucker, the No. 1-ranked 152-pounder in the state, continued his impressive senior season. He won his third consecutive Masters title with a 16-1 technical fall against Zack Velasquez of Argonaut.

Tucker, a four-time Capital Valley Conference champion, seeks his first state championship after finishing fourth in 2011 (at 130 pounds) and second in 2012 (138).

"I feel good to be in rare company like that," Tucker said of his third section title.

Two-timing – Jonny Callas of Nevada Union (138), Peter Santos of Oakmont (170) and Jordan Sepeda of Natomas (220) all won their second Masters titles.

Callas won the 126-pound title last season. Santos repeated as the 170-pound champion.

Sepeda's first title came as a 189-pound sophomore in 2011. He was third at 182 last season.

"It feels great now that I have secured my section championship and checked one of the things off my list again," Sepeda said.

Santos, ranked No. 2 in the state, won the 170-pound championship with a 10-0 major decision over No. 3-ranked Keaton Subjeck of Oak Ridge.

Santos, who committed to North Carolina State earlier this month, was excited to win again but realizes the bigger prize is next week at the state tournament in Bakersfield, and he is not discounting Subjeck.

"He is a great kid and a great wrestler and always seems to peak at the state tournament," Santos said.

Subjeck, a senior, is a three-time Masters runner-up. The Stanford commit finished second at 145 as a sophomore and at 160 last season.

"Next week is what it's all about," Subjeck said.

AREA FINALISTS

106: Gionn Peralta, Vacaville, def. Isaac Blackburn, Del Oro (fall).

126: Victor Trujillo, Bella Vista, def. Rafael Herrera, Turlock (fall).

138: Jonny Callas, Nevada Union, def. McCoy Kent, Enochs-Modesto, 4-3.

145: Hayden Fry, Vacaville, def. Lorenzo De La Riva, Folsom, 2-1.

152: Shayne Tucker, Bella Vista, def. Zack Velasquez, Argonaut, 16-1 (technical fall).

162: Nick Fiegener, Folsom, def. Ray Lomas, Central Catholic-Modesto, 3-1 (OT).

170: Peter Santos, Oakmont, def. Keaton Subjeck, Oak Ridge, 10-0 (major decision).

182: Nick Troquato, Ponderosa, def. Joey Banks, Franklin, 7-3.

220: Jordan Sepeda, Natomas, def. Josh Winters, Will C. Wood, 4-2.

285: Jaharee Taylor, Elk Grove, def. Sam Alnassiri, Sheldon, 2-1.

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