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Rocklin’s Williams and Whitney’s Achanzar, Rasooli claim wrestling championships

By: Staff Report
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Rocklin High senior Tommy Williams continued to roll through his opponents over the weekend at the Division II wrestling championships at Oak Ridge. Williams, competing at 145 pounds, pinned Ponderosa’s Aaron Demay to win the title. He will be the only wrestler representing the Thunder this weekend at the Masters Tournament at UOP in Stockton. The Masters Tournament features wrestlers from all divisions in the Sac-Joaquin Section. The top seven finishers in each weight division will advance to the CIF State Championships the following week. Williams pinned each of his opponents at the Sierra Foothill League tournament and pinned all of his opponents at the DII championships as well. He had big leads in all three matches prior to the pins over the weekend. “Tommy has been training very hard,” Rocklin coach Grant Depue said. “The neat thing about coaching him is that he is so self motivated to do more and work harder and this attitude has been very apparent in his results.  His performance and training is peaking at the right time. I am very impressed with his performance this season, especially after missing the first seven weeks of wrestling training due to playing on our championship football team.”  Rocklin’s Joey Ramos (215 pounds) placed sixth over the weekend but only the top five wrestlers in each weight class moved on. “Not bad considering he wrestled his first match of the season at (the SFL tournament) the week prior,” Depue said. Ramos suffered a broken hand while playing for the Thunder football team in a state title game on Dec. 19. Whitney Whitney’s Jordan Achanzar (119 pounds), Nazir Rasooli (135) and Julio Ceron (215) will each compete in the Masters Tournament at UOP on Friday and Saturday. Each reached the finals over the weekend at the Division IV championships at East Union High in Manteca. Achanzar and Rasooli claimed titles while Ceron placed second. Achanzar pinned Placer’s Andrew Naleway in the first round in the finals while Rasooli beat Dixon’s Andrew Mena 16-4 in the finals. Ceron lost to Oakdale’s Charlie Gilstrap in the finals. This will be the third trip to the Masters Tournament for Achanzar and Rasooli while it’s Ceron’s second trip. Whitney finished eighth among the 24 teams that competed over the weekend.