The Bay Area 57

Tracy High senior Eli Blackwell won the gold medal in his weight class for the third year in a row at the Bay Area 57 wrestling tournament Saturday at Castro Valley High School.

Blackwell has made the finals at the tournament in all four years he has wrestled there, and this year he was named Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament.

On Saturday, he went 4-0 in the 139-pound class, winning all his matches by pin in the first period. He pinned his first opponent in 30 seconds, his second in 25 seconds and his third in 19 seconds.

His fourth match was the toughest of the day. It took him 43 seconds to pin Nicholas Barajas of Washington High.

Tracy sophomore Anthony Nunes (114) also won gold Saturday. He won his first-round match on a second-period pin (4 minutes), his quarterfinal match on a 15-0 technical fall and his semifinal match on a second-period pin (3:47).

Nunes went on to defeat Xander Romero of Middletown High on a 4-1 decision.

Three other Tracy High wrestlers medaled at the meet, helping the Bulldogs to a seventh-place finish out of 35 teams. Freshman Darrian Mariero (133) and senior Jonathan Uhl (139) both went 3-2 and both placed fourth in their weight classes, and senior Octavio Torres (161) went 3-2 and placed fifth.

Four other Tracy High wrestlers competed. Junior Alex Gougousis (127) and seniors Alexis Valencia (146) and Kyle Silveira (183) all went 1-2, and freshman Juan Rufino Diaz went 0-2.

West High sent six wrestlers to the meet. Freshman Luke Chan (139) went 2-3 and placed sixth. Junior Johnny DeStefano (121) went 2-2, and freshman Robert Lopez (114) and junior Chance Bills (153) both went 1-2. Senior Miguel Huizar (133) and junior Kalani Morriera (146) both went 0-2.

Rose Garden Rumble

Tracy High sophomore Alysse Leanos placed second on Saturday in the 116-pound weight class at the Rose Garden Rumble at Lincoln High in San Jose, the same high school that her father, Tracy High assistant wrestling coach Tony Leanos, graduated from.

Leanos went 3-1 for the day and won three matches by pin: a first-period pin in the first round (1:36), a second-period pin in the quarterfinals (3:30) and a second period pin (2:38) in the semifinals. In the final match, she faced Zoi Smith of Leland High from San Jose, and Smith won by pinning her in the second period (2:06).

Tracy vs. Manteca and Franklin

Tracy High was the leading team at a three-way dual meet Dec. 12 at Manteca High, defeating Manteca High 35-33 and Franklin High of Stockton 59-18.

Three Tracy wrestlers — sophomore Anthony Nunes, who wrestled in the 120-pound class; junior Alex Gougousis, wrestling at 126; and freshman Darrian Marieiro, wrestling at 132 — won their matches against both teams. Nunes won with a 16-0 technical fall against Franklin High’s Luciano Alvarez, and he pinned Manteca’s Diego Rodriguez in the second period (3:26). Gougousis pinned Franklin’s Julia Keosavong in the second period (3:04) and pinned Manteca’s Joseph Macias in the first period (1:20). Marieiro had two first-period pins, one against Franklin’s Dean Thompson (0:46) and the other against Manteca’s Jonathan Solis (0:43).

In the meet against Franklin, freshmen Spencer Lanning (152) and Fernando Garcia (285) defeated their opponents with first-period pins, and Tracy won five more matches by forfeit.

In the Manteca meet, senior Octavio Torres (170) beat Andrew Marshall on a 9-0 major decision, senior Angel Martinez (220) beat Armon Bayford on a 10-4 decision, senior Jonathan Uhl (138) beat Kiersten Melan on a 13-0 major decision, and senior Eli Blackwell (152) beat Sean Melan with a first-period pin (0:26).

Two other girls from Tracy High’s wrestling team competed. Sophomore Virginia Metge (121) went 1-2 and senior Melissa Eutracio (101) went 0-2.

Contact Sports Editor Bob Brownne at brownne@tracypress.com, or call 209-830-4227.

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