The Calaveras High School wrestling team entered 12 wrestlers in the varsity division brackets at the 2020 Mother Lode League Wrestling Championships on Friday, February 7 at Summerville High School. All 12 made the finals.
Calaveras crowned nine individual MLL champions, matching the program’s highest total ever in a single year, and easily won its 14th straight league tournament championship.
Among the individual league champions for Calaveras this year was CJ Meza, who was seeded fourth in the 145-pound bracket and defeated two defending league champions on his way to a first-place finish. Also winning individual league championships for Calaveras were Cody Batterton (113 pounds), Ty Ferrante (120), Dominic Boitano (126), Garrette Randolf (138), Owen Murphy (160), Caden Villegas (170), Donivan Giangregorio (195) and Bradley Fuller (220).
Calaveras wrestlers that reached the finals and placed second were CJ Munniks (132), Chris Autrey (152) and Jordan Coburn (182).
All 12 Calaveras wrestlers qualified to compete in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championships, which will be held this Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15, at Rosemont High School in Sacramento. The top four finishers in each weight class at the MLL tournament qualified for the Division V tournament.
While Calaveras continued its MLL dominance, this year’s league tournament was not without its highlights for other teams.
Summerville placed second in team scoring, followed by Sonora in third, Bret Harte in fourth, Amador in fifth and Argonaut in sixth.
Amador placed two wrestlers in league championship matches, highlighted by a first-place finish from senior Jacob Schultz in the 152-pound division. A first-year wrestler, Schultz was seeded third, but knocked off the No. 2-seeded wrestler in the semifinals before beating top-seeded Chris Autrey of Calaveras in the finals by a major decision.
“To put this in perspective, (Jacob) did this in his first year of competing in a sport where most of his opponents have been wrestling for years,” Amador coach Frank Orlando said.
“It takes a special kind of athlete to come out his senior year and win a title,” Amador coach Austin Clymer said. “He has done everything we have asked and bought into the system. He got what he earned.”
Amador senior Shane Bertero reached the finals of the 145-pound division, but came up just short of winning a league championship for a second straight season, falling to CJ Meza of Calaveras in the finals.
Also for Amador, Jose Cardona placed third at 285s, Mason Reagan placed fourth at 113s, Ben Bramer placed fourth at 170s and Gabe Shrode placed fifth at 160s.
For Argonaut, freshman Nate Belogub (120) and freshman Levi Voss (195) both placed third in their respective weight classes; senior Michael Alcoriza (138) and junior Caden Winther (160) each placed fourth; and senior Josh Whaling (132), senior Dominic Chavez (152) and freshman Owen Olivera (170) each placed fifth.
In the JV division, Goldie Stanton (126) and Chris Chalupa (195) both won league championships for Amador. Also for the Buffaloes, Andrew Welch (180) and Dominic D’Agostini (195) placed second in their respective weight classes; and Isaiah Krupsky (132) placed third.