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LC’s Hoover, Follette; EG’s Sandoval win Masters wrestling championships

Feb 18, 2024 08:51PM ● By John Hull, Citizen Sports Editor

Laguna Creek senior Declan Follette won all his matches via pinfall and took the championship at 285 pounds Feb. 17 at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Wrestling Championships in Stockton.

Stockton (MPG) – A pair of Laguna Creek High School wrestlers and a 120-pounder from Elk Grove won their weight class’ championship Feb. 17 at the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Masters Wrestling Championships in Stockton. Those who qualified for the semi-finals of the Masters on Feb. 16, the first day of the two-day event were : Elk Grove – Nick Bulanin (126) and Josiah Sandoval (120) Laguna Creek – Zachary Hoover (106) & Declan Follette (285) Sheldon – Noah Daniels (157).

But it was Follette, Hoover and Sandoval that pulled out a championship. Hoover defeated Nathanie Granados of Merced, 4-2, in the final match. Follette pinned Troy Ceja of Pitman in 3:55. In fact, Follette won every match in the Masters via a pinfall.

Sandoval decisioned Orion Hill of Folsom, 4-2, to win his weight group.

The top six in each weight class qualified for the CIF State Wrestling Championships Feb. 22-24 in Bakersfield. Those qualifiers were: (Masters finish in parenthesis)

106 – Hoover, Laguna Creek (1st)

113 – David Maxson, Elk Grove (5th)

120- Sandoval, Elk Grove (1st)

126 – Bulanin, Elk Grove (4th)

157-Noah Daniels, Sheldon (3rd)

285-Follette, Laguna Creek (1st)

Those who did place in the top eight included Paul Johnson of Elk Grove, 7th place at 144 pounds, Jacob Briggs of Elk Grove, 7th place at 150 pounds, Jordan Ford of Elk Grove, 8th at 165 pounds, Jonathan Houston of Franklin, 8th place at 190 pounds, and Peyton Reiser of Pleasant Grove, 7th place at 285 pounds.

In the team standings Vacaville placed first with 230.5 points. Oakdale (197 points) was second and Folsom placed third (184 points). Elk Grove finished seventh with 115 points and Laguna Creek was tenth (69 points).