Panthers finish in 4th place at the Modesto Tournament

Panthers finish in 4th place at the Modesto Tournament
On October 7, the Panthers traveled to the Modesto JC tourney for the first time in 5 years. Giving most of their top wrestlers the day off, some other Panthers stepped up to show the depth the team possess.  SCC finished in 4th out of 13 college teams.
Becoming the 3rd Panther to win a tournament this year, Robert Nickerson (197 – RS Soph – Franklin) stepped up and took home his first medal of the year….a 1stplace Gold! For the second straight week, an unseeded Panther won a gold medal. Last week Isaac Bertolotto pulled off the trick at 184.
Picking up his first medal of the year, Brian Horn (174 – FR – Rocklin), took home the 3rd place Bronze medal. He pinned Cuesta College in the match for 3rdplace.
Salvatore Pochiero (141 – RS Soph – Salinas) and Jason Stokkeland (149 – RS Soph – Calaveras) both finished in 4th place.  Salvatore Pochiero pulled off a couple of come from behind wins to get into the 3rd place match. He ended up losing by one point to Valdez of Mt. Sac. It was his 2nd 1 point loss to Valdez on the day.  Jason Stokkeland pinned 3 wrestlers along the way but lost his last match to finish in 4th place.
One other medal was taken home by Beau Medicine Crow (285 – FR – Grant).  After losing his first match, Beau Medicine Crow won three straight before losing his last 2 and finishing 6th.
Others picking up wins for the Panthers were:  Brandon Gonzales (125 - RS Fresh – Sacramento HS); Thomas Thornton (141 – RS Fresh – Yuba City); Hunter LaRue (149 – Fresh – Napa); and Eric Giner (174 – Fresh – Johnson).
SCC will begin the defense of the BIG 8 Conference for the 7th time starting on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 PM at SCC.  They will then travel to the North Duals in Santa Rosa on the 14th of October.