Prep notes: Top wrestlers to compete at annual Tim Brown Memorial

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - 11:05 pm

High school wrestling will feature a postseason atmosphere this weekend.

The Tim Brown Memorial at the Jackson Sports Academy in McClellan Park, hosted by Foothill and directed by longtime Mustangs coach Bill Lum, will feature scores of state-ranked competitors. It starts today at 8 a.m. and concludes Saturday. The event is named in honor of Tim Brown, a Foothill graduate who in 2006 was killed in Iraq while serving in the Marine Corps.

Among top wrestlers scheduled to compete:

• Del Oro’s Isaac Blackburn, state-ranked No. 5 at 106 pounds.

• Jesuit’s Anthony Wesley, No. 6 at 120.

• Folsom’s Lorenzo De La Riva, No. 3 at 152.

• Folsom’s Nick Fiegener, No. 1 at 182.

The 182-pound class also includes Sierra Foothill League rivals Dylan Kainrath of Del Oro and Skyler Gonzalez of Rocklin. Gonzalez was a Bee All-Metro linebacker and Kainrath an All-Metro running back.

More wrestling – On Saturday, Vacaville hosts state powers from Fresno in Clovis and Buchanan and James Logan of Union City. State-ranked No. 1 Clovis is the three-time defending CIF state champion. Buchanan is ranked fifth in the state and Vacaville sixth (No. 1 in the Sac-Joaquin Section). Logan is the top-ranked team in the North Coast Section. Clovis heavyweight Nick Nevills is ranked No. 1 in the country and Vacaville’s Jeramy Sweany is No. 4. Steve Tirapelle, the Clovis coach for 17 seasons, coached Johnson in the 1980s and early ’90s. His Clovis teams have won five state titles since 2003.

Football hire – John Wiley is the new football coach at Davis, replacing Marc Hicks, who took over at his alma mater last summer on an interim basis. Wiley played at Auburn in the late 1980s with stops in the NFL and Canadian Football League. He also coached at Sacramento State and Christian Brothers.

Football commitments – Following are players who gave verbal commitments this week:

• Joey Banks, Franklin linebacker, to Northern Arizona.

• Jason Elenberger, Jesuit all-purpose, to Air Force.

• Kolton Miller, Roseville left tackle, to UCLA.

• Dre Terrell, Pleasant Grove all-purpose, to Sac State.

• Curtis Williams, Franklin defensive end, to Humboldt State.

Change of mind – Capital Christian lineman Nifae Lealao has re-opened his recruitment. He gave a verbal commitment to Stanford late in the fall but has since taken an official visit to Cal.

Follow Joe Davidson on Twitter @SacBee_JoeD.

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