REPUBLIC – Oroville’s wrestlers spent most of Saturday, Jan. 28, jockeying for district tournament seeding at the final league mixer of the year at Republic, with five of the nine Hornets likely securing top-five positions for next weekend’s tournament.
Eric Herrera (285 pounds) continued his late-season surge with a pin over an opponent he’d lost to earlier in the season to secure the top seed in his weight class next week.
Angel Camacho (145) had what coach Chuch Ricevuto called the team’s best performance of the day, wining twice and securing a top-two seed. Alex Alvarez (160) won both his bouts and Nick Perez (145) lost to two-time state champion Kyle Kirkendall of Republic. Both will likely be No. 2 seeds at districts.
Alex Kelly (132) went 1-2, losing his matches 4-0 and 2-0 but winning by pin. Mike Lynch (138) and Eddie Ocampo (138) each went 11-1 on the day.
Leo Curel (120) and Corey Childers (145) each lost their only matches of the day.
The Hornets travel to Lake Roosevelt on Saturday, Feb. 4, for district tournament action beginning at 10 a.m.
Oroville seniors sweep in final home meet
OROVILLE – The Hornets’ seniors each won both their matches Friday, Jan. 27, while wrestling against the Eastmont JV squad in the final home meet of their careers.
Alex Kelly (132), Mike Lynch (138), Nick Perez (145) and Alex Alvarez (160), as well as Breanna Dodd (106), Ferny Perez (118) and Kaylee Harris (145) were all honored in their final home matches. Ali Fulmer and Megan Mieirs were also honored for their service as stat girls.
Eddie Ocampo (138) and Angel Camacho (145) also won twice, while Eric Herrera avenged an early 3-0 loss with a pin. Leo Curel and Corey Childers also wrestled.
Ricevuto said that, while no team score was kept, the Hornets won 11 of their 15 matches.
Honored at Senior Night were wrestlers Breanna Dodd, Ferny Perez, Kaylee Harris, Alex Kelly, Michael Lynch, Nick Perez and Alex Alvarez, as well as cheerleader-manager Ali Fulmer and stat keeper Megan Mieirs.