The Sacramento City College wrestling team didn’t have to wait long for another state title.
The Panthers jumped out to a 23-point lead after the first day and coasted to the championship by compiling 158 points at Fresno City College on Saturday. The host Rams finished second with 116 points.
“Always good to win a state championship,” Panthers coach David Pacheco said. “Kids worked hard and the coaches worked hard.”
It is Sacramento City’s third state title. The Panthers also won it in 1996 and 2013.
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“This group is different than what we had two years ago,” Pacheco said. “Only one guy in the lineup was a starter for us last year. It was a really interesting group of guys.”
Pacheco thought it was going to be a four-horse race between Fresno City, Sacramento City, Mt. San Antonio and Cerritos.
Fresno had to compete without its state third-ranked wrestler. Sebastian Suikowsky, who wrestles at 165 pounds, didn’t show up at Thursday’s weigh-in.
“In all honesty, it helped a little bit that their guy didn’t show up,” Pacheco said. “That cost them some points. Maybe could’ve been a difference-maker. Sad to see that happen, but our guys had a great day (Friday).”
Dylan Forzani was the lone individual champion for the Panthers at 165.