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Sandoval, Daniels, Follette earn seconds at Mid-Cals

Jan 24, 2024 09:29PM ● By John Hull, Citizen Sports Editor

Elk Grove’s Octavio Negrete placed fourth Jan. 20 at the Mid-Cal Wrestling Tournament in Gilroy. He and his Thundering Herd teammates also wrapped up the Delta League team championship on Jan. 23 with dual wins over Sheldon and Jesuit. It’s the 21st straight season Elk Grove has won the league championship in wrestling.

Gilroy (MPG) - Several area wrestlers competed Jan. 20 at the Mid-Cal Wrestling Tournament at Gilroy.

As a team, Elk Grove took sixth place behind Gilroy, Tuttle, Okla., De LaSalle, Frontier and Folsom High Schools

Octavio Negrete placed fourth at 116 pounds. Josiah Sandoval was second at 123 pounds. Also taking second was Nick Bulanin at 129 pounds. Paul Johnson grabbed fourth at 147 pounds. At 153 pounds Jacob Briggs placed third

Sheldon’s Noah Daniels placed second at 160 pounds. At 288 pounds Laguna Creek’s Declan Follette placed second while Elk Grove’s Gabe Fernandez was sixth.

In the girls competition, Sheldon’s Kaydance Vang placed sixth at 103 pounds, Laguna Creek’s Leanna Luchico was fourth at 113 pounds and her teammate, Enjolie Naputi, was sixth at 128 pounds. Liliae Naputi, also of Laguna Creek, took fifth at 133 pounds. Oujen Bortai was eighth at 138 pounds. Sheldon’s Chrystina Ballejos placed third at 173 pounds. . Maya Brown of Laguna Creek took fifth place at 193 pounds.

Delta League duals

For the 21st straight season Elk Grove has won the Delta League championship in wrestling. On Jan. 16 the Thundering Herd defeated Davis, 74-0, and Franklin, 58-9, in a double dual. They wrapped up the league championship on Jan. 23 with a 64-7 win over Sheldon and a 68-9 win over Jesuit in a double dual at Sheldon High School.

Elk Grove and Franklin, which finished second in the Delta League, will now represent the Delta at the Sac-Joaquin Section Team Dual championships Saturday at Lincoln High School in Stockton.

Other Delta League dual scores on Jan. 23:

Franklin 43, Pleasant Grove 24

Franklin 42, Cosumnes Oaks 24

Davis 44, Cosumnes Oaks 36

Pleasant Grove 42, Davis 36