CONCORD -- After the semifinal round, the Antioch High wrestling team was on the verge of dominating the Clayton Valley Invitational on Jan. 19. Instead, the Panthers stumbled through the finals but still outdistanced Clayton Valley for their first tournament victory this season.
The Panthers had wrestlers in half of the 14 championship bouts, but Antioch won just two titles. Joseph Papaglia held off Alex Bazan of Freedom 7-4 at 162 pounds, and Fabrico Parada pinned John Nevis of Freedom 23 seconds into the second round of the 285-pound title match.
"I was a little disappointed, obviously, but I have a really young class," Antioch coach Ben McCorson said. "I have a lot of freshmen, a lot of sophomores. We had some ups and downs, but that's how wrestling is."
Clayton Valley, Heritage and Concord each claimed two individual titles. The Eagles' Kyle Tran pinned Charles Chappel of Galena-Reno (Nevada) in 47 seconds to win the 108-pound championship, and was voted the Most Valuable Lightweight. Mustafa Sheridil (115) made it two straight for the Eagles when his second-round pin of Antioch's Eric Schneiderman.
Mike Carr of Heritage won the 184-pound title by pinning Freedom's Cole Thompson 39 seconds into the third round. He was ahead 12-7 when the pin came. Thompson had Carr on his back at the end of the second round but could not get the fall. The Falcons' Kyle Marshall won the 134-pound title with an 11-4 victory over Antioch's Barney
Clint Fredenberg of Freedom won at 122 pounds with a second-round pin of Ikaika Flagg of Galena-Reno, and Northgate's Floyd Armenta decisioned Moises Flores of Antioch 11-5 for the 222-pound title.
At the two-day Mid-California Invitational at Gilroy High on Jan. 18 and 19, Freedom's Ricky Coster took first place at 122 pounds. Coster won two matches by pinfall and four by decision, including a 6-4 victory over Albert Landeros of Tracy in the final. He started Saturday with a 49-second pin of Kobe Feeley of Paso Robles in his semifinal.