STOCKTON -- Joey Banks admits his first love is football.
The Franklin High School senior is headed to Sacramento State to play defensive back for the Hornets. He had a whirlwind recruiting season after the Wildcats advanced to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
Saturday at Stockton Arena, Banks won the sections Masters title at 195 pounds with a 4-2 overtime win over Jesuits Erik Medina. Banks (25-0) is the areas only undefeated qualifier for this weeks CIF State Wrestling Championships, which will begin Friday in Bakersfield.
Banks says wrestling has helped him in football.
Wrestling makes me a better tackler, and better mentally and aggressive, Banks said.
Banks was one of seven area wrestlers to win a Masters title Saturday.
It means a lot to be able to come out here and compete at the highest level, Banks said. I am very blessed to be able to do that in both sports.
Folsom champs The Bulldogs, who were second in the team competition behind state powerhouse Vacaville (210-163), will send three Masters champions to the state meet.
Nick Fiegener, No. 1 in the state at 182 pounds, won by an 18-1 technical fall over Skyler Gonzalez of Rocklin in the final.
Josh Lazaro won at 132 pounds, and Lorenzo De La Riva at 145.
I feel great, De La Riva said. I have been working hard all season and its finally playing off.
The Bulldogs also qualified Curtis Booth (fourth, 120), Mason Koshiyama (sixth, 152), Connor Watson (fourth, 160) and Jerod Nooner (third, 195) to the state meet.
Fathers blessing Gary Sumner wrestled at Sacramento State in his younger days. Now the Nevada Union coach gets to watch his son compete at the highest prep level.
Nevada Union senior Will Sumner defeated Albino Orozco of Turlock in the 170-pound final.
Its awesome. I wrestled in college and I got him into wrestling once he was potty-trained. He won his first medal when he was 3 years old, Gary Sumner said. Its been a long road, and I am so proud of him.
Double dipping Dylan Kainrath is in rarified air. The Del Oro senior placed fourth at 170 pounds and is one of six Golden Eagles headed to state.
Kainrath was a 2,000-yard rusher for the Del Oro football team that advanced to the Division I state championship in December.
It just shows how great of a school Del Oro is, Kainrath said. Going down to state in football, and now being able to go down to state in wrestling, too. Its just really amazing.
Another one Oakmonts Kaleio Romero won the 160-pound title, giving the Vikings a Masters champion for a fourth consecutive season.
Jake Elliott won Masters titles in 2011 and 2012, and Peter Santos won at 170 pounds last season.
It means a lot to me because I know where Kaleio came from, Oakmont coach Justin Castrillo said.
Unlike Elliott and Santos, Romero came into his senior season unheralded. He was not considered state-meet caliber but can add his Masters championship to his Tim Brown Memorial title.
Big wins Woodcreek junior Dominic Balmer gave Casa Roble junior Jake Minshew his first loss this season in the 285 final. Woodcreek sophomore Lauren Mason also won the girls 111-pound state title Saturday in Visalia.
We just go out there and do it, Balmer said. We push each other. She wants to be better than me and I want to be better than her. We are just happy for each other.
• 113: Nico Colunga, Oakdale 3-2 dec. over Devan Turner, Dixon
• 132: Josh Lazaro, Folsom 12-5 dec. over Alex Elko, Jesuit
• 138: Emilio Saavedra, Modesto 9-3 dec. over Brandon Clairborne, Oak Ridge
• 145: Lorenzo De La Riva, Folsom 7-5 dec. over Hayden Fry, Vacaville
• 160: Kaleio Romero, Oakmont 10-0 major dec. over Logan Wolfley, Pitman
• 170: Will Sumner, Nevada Union 10-3 dec. over Albino Orozco, Turlock
• 182: Nick Fiegener, Folsom 18-1 tech fall over Skyler Gonzalez, Rocklin
• 195: Joey Banks, Franklin 4-2 dec. over Erik Medina, Jesuit
• 285: Dominic Balmer, Woodcreek 4-3 dec. over Jake Minshew, Casa Roble