Dec 17 – Wrestling Results

Last Weekend was a very important one for the Acalanes Wrestling program. For the first time ever Acalanes had wrestlers participating in the Zinkin Classic at Buchanan High School in Clovis California. The Zinkin Classic has become one of the premier wrestling tournaments in the western region. Ten of the past thirteen California State Team Champions began their season by participating in the Zinkin. Last year’s tournament included 52 teams throughout the Western United States.  Here is how the field fared at the 2016 California State Tournament:
8 State Champions & 14 Finalists, 42 State Placers, 119 State Qualifiers, State Team Champions (and 3 of the top 4 teams overall).

Our three captains Tai White, Jeremy Ridge and Axel Jurgens made the trip to Clovis. They all performed exceptionally well.The three of them finished 22 out of the 52 full teams competing at Zinkin.

Jeremy Ridge went 5-2, made the quarterfinals and won 4th place at 145. Tai White suffered a tough loss in the second round but wrestled back strong to go 5-2 and win 7th place at 126. Axel Jurgens just missed placing at 160 but upset the 8th seed. It was an great showing by Acalanes Wrestling.

While our captains were in Clovis the rest of the team went to the Bill Martell Invitational at Northgate High School in Concord. This is a varsity tournament but we feel so strongly about our new wresters this year that we sent them to compete against varsity wrestlers who have been wrestling for several years. Ben Ross had a great day. He went 4-0 and won 1st place at 145. Antonio Correa took 5th place at 220 and Logan Branch took 5th place at 185. It was a good day of experience for our young team.

The Wrestling Team is having a great start to the season. Both Tai White and Jeremy Ridge are appear in the State rankings and Tai White, Jeremy Ridge and Axel Jurgens are all ranked in the NCS. Acalanes has never had two State ranked wrestlers.