The impressive depth of Colgan’s roster gave the Sharks a runner-up finish in the Class 6 Region C wrestling meet Friday at Fairfax High.
They had only one wrestler advance to the region finals, but they used a top-four finish in nine of 14 weight classes to beat third-place Woodbridge 189.5-188 after taking second to the Vikings last weekend during the Cardinal District meet, 229-188. Nonetheless, Robinson won the region championship (261.5 points) while Forest Park placed fourth (157.5) with Hylton sixth (108) and Gar-Field 12th (40).
Individually, Woodbridge’s Samuel Congleton won the 113-pound title and Yousuf Hammad won the 126 championship, while the Bruins’ Charlie Lopez claimed the 160 title and the Bulldogs’ Shawn Nonaka took the 138 championship. Lopez beat the Sharks’ Camden Miller Dec 10-3 in that 160 final to keep Colgan from winning an individual region title.
Similarly, last weekend, the Sharks failed to win a district championship in any weight class, but they amassed seven runner-up finishes to challenge Woodbridge for the Cardinal team title. The Vikings eventually edged Colgan for that district championship, but in the region meet the Sharks used five third-place wrestlers and three fourth-place grapplers to beat Woodbridge.
Placing third for Colgan were Jaylyn Byerson (113 pounds), Levi Field (132), Isaiah Causey (195), Joe McKeown (220) and Cesar Rodriguez (285), while finishing fourth were Keshav Shah (106), Jacob Saunders (145) and Joseph Suriano (170). Trever Ridley fell one spot short of a state berth, finishing fifth at 182.
For the Vikings, Congleton won the 113 final 14-5 over Robinson’s Ethan Renager, while Hammad won the 126 final 7-1 over Woodson’s Anthony Martin. Placing second were Brian Nguyen (106 pounds), Peter Sepulveda (145) and Seth Ellsmore (285), while Joel Diaz took third at 160 with fifth-place finishes from Chris Nguyen (120) and Jack Brinson (138).
For the Bruins, in addition to Lopez’s championship, Josh Harmon placed second (132) along with Austin Lopez (182) and Cade Eversley (220). Adding third-place medals for Forest Park were Carson Miller (106), Brendan Marcy (138) and Jack Bobeck (145).
For the Bulldogs, in addition to Nonaka’s championship, Jaden Deristel finished as the 152 runner-up while Jason Blakely placed third (126) and Nicolas Lorenzo took fourth (120) and Hylton's Romeo Nathaniel finished fifth (195).
Also finishing fifth were Gar-Field's Jericho Musngi (113) and Adrian Romero (170).