Jan 9 – Wrestling Update

Doc Buchanan Invitational

On Friday 1/6 and Saturday 1/7 Jeremy Ridge competed at the prestigious Doc Buchanan Classic Wrestling tournament at Clovis High School in Clovis CA. The Doc B is one of the most important Wrestling tournaments held in the United States during the high school wrestling season. It is a true invitational and athletes must meet the stringent entry requirements in order to compete. Jeremy Ridge is the first Acalanes wrestler to ever be invited and to compete at this national event.

The Doc B Invitational had 22 out-of-state teams including nationally ranked #2 Bergen Catholic (NJ) and #24 Pomona (CO). The total field included 112 teams from the United States and Canada – California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, New Jersey, and Ontario. 31 nationally ranked wrestlers, 14 returning state champions and 61 returning placers competed at the tournament.

The national Rankings of some of the teams competing were: Bergen Catholic (NJ) #2, Buchanan #7, Selma #18, Clovis #19, Oakdale #20, Gilroy #21, Pomona (CO) #24, St. John Bosco #45. The event was streamed live on FloWrestling.

Jeremy Ridge went 5-2, made the second day, and finished in the top 12 at the tournament. He defeated the 22nd and 28th ranked wrestlers in CA as well as several of the top ranked wrestlers in Oregon. He has a record of 17-2 on the season.

The Mat Classic

On Saturday 1/7 the rest of the Varsity Wrestling Team competed at the 17th annual Mat Classic at Granda High School. Isaac Douglas placed 5th and James Trainer and Tyler Sverak won the Consolation Championships of their Weight Classes. Addison Early also made the finals of the consolation bracket.

Dec 29 – Wrestling Update

Wrestling

Pat Lovell Holiday Classic

On 12/28 and 29th the Wrestling Team competed at the 49th annual Pat Lovell Holiday Wrestling Classic at Aptos High School, one of the most important and longest running wrestling tournaments in California. 83 teams from 4 states competed at this years tournament. James Trainer, Jeremy Ridge, and Isaac Douglas all advanced to the second day of the tournament.

Jeremy Ridge won the Championship at 152 pounds. Over the two days he recorded two Falls, two Major Decisions, and two decisions, defeated the 2nd, 4th, and 7th place wrestlers while only allowing five points to be scored against him in the six matches.

Jeremy Ridge is 14-0 on the season with 8 falls and two major decisions and is the 11th ranked wrestler in California.

Dec 23 – Wrestling Update

Wrestling

Lou Bronzan Tournament

On Thursday and Friday 12/22 and 23 the Varsity Wrestling Team competed at the 34th annual Lou Bronzan Tournament at Liberty High School in Brentwood. 53 Teams from California and Nevada competed in the Battle for the Belt.

Jeremy Ridge was the Champion at 152 pounds and was named the tournaments outstanding wrestler. Isaac Douglas placed 6th at 170 pounds. Jeremy is a two time Lou Bronzan Champion.

Mar 4 – Boys Wrestling State Championship

Jeremy Ridge finished in the top 12 at the California State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield this weekend. Jeremy is the first Acalanes wresters to ever win a match at the state Championships. During the tournament he defeated the state’s 12, 13, 16, and 24th wrestlers and lost in sudden overtime victory to the 8th and 9th wrestlers. He was also honored as one of the winners of the CIF Sportsmanship “Pursuing Victory with Honor” Award. The athletes receiving the award are observed during the tournament and are judged on trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Jeremy was awarded a medal and his name is added to the winners of the award in the California State Wrestling Championship permanent record. He finished the season with a record of 51-9.

Mar 3 – Boys Wrestling – Ridge Advances in State Championships

Jeremy Ridge went 3-1 at the State Championships to advance to the second day of the competition. He is one of 16 wrestlers left in his weight class. Jeremy recorded the first win by an Acalanes Wrestler at the CIF Tournament. The California state wrestling tournament is widely considered the toughest in the country. It draws 560 wrestlers across 14 weight classes from a pool of over 27,000 competitors from over 900 schools.

Feb 24 – Wrestling NCS Championship

The wrestling team competed at the North Coast Championships this weekend at James Logan High School. The team had the best NCS tournament in it’s history. Acalanes finished with three medalists, the most ever, and the second State Qualifier in the wrestling teams history.

All four Acalanes Wrestlers made day two of the tournament. Ben Ross went 3-2 at 140. Axel Jurgens placed 7th at 162, Tai White placed 5th at 134, and Jeremy Ridge placed 3rd at 147 and qualified for the State tournament. Jeremy will represent Acalanes next weekend in Bakersfield.

Wrestling is different from the other sports. There is only one division in NCS and CIF that all 900 schools participate in. The California state tournament is recognized as the toughest in America and represents the best wrestlers in California all competing for 14 state championships, 1 champion in each of the 14 weight classes.

Jan 21 – King of the Mat Wrestling Results

On Saturday January 22 the Acalanes Wrestling Team competed at the King of the Mat Tournament at Windsor High School. This is a very important tournament featuring teams from California and Nevada.  Acalanes had It’s best showing ever with three medalists. Axel Jurgens placed 8th at 162, Tai White placed 7th at 128 and Jeremy Ridge was the Champion at 147. Acalanes has had medalists at every tournament it has attended this season, has NCS and State ranked wrestlers and is undefeated in dual meets.

This has been an exciting month for the Acalanes Wrestling program. Early in January the Team hosted the Junior National Freestyle Team of Japan. The two teams practiced together and Acalanes hosted a dual meet between USA and Japan. Several Acalanes wrestlers competed in the meet. The Japanese wrestlers stayed with our Acalanes families and we had a big celebratory dinner together.

Last weekend the program held its youth fundraising tournament, the East Bay Challenge. 150 youth wrestlers from Pee Wee to Schoolboy from around the bay area competed. The Acalanes Team ran the scoring tables and refereed and the team parents ran concessions and the door. It was a valuable experience for all involved.

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