Rocklin’s Williams goes 2-2 at state

Whitney’s Rasooli doesn’t compete due to illness
By: Staff Report
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Rocklin High senior wrestler Tommy Williams went 2-2 at the CIF State Meet in Bakersfield on Friday. Competing at 145 pounds, Williams opened up with comeback victories over wrestlers from Marin Catholic and Foothill. He then dropped his final two matches on Friday but still finished among the top-24 in the state at 145. His first loss (11-6) was against an opponent from Camarillo while his final defeat (12-10) came against a wrestler from Sanger. Williams trailed 12-5 in the final minute of his final match before he made a late run in what was a very physical match. “It seemed like one big scramble the whole match,” Rocklin coach Grant Depue said. “With both wrestlers scoring from many various positions we found ourselves down big with about one minute left in the match and we knew we were going to need a home-run move.” Williams locked up a cradle and turned his opponent on his back with 13 seconds left but he was unable to secure the pin before time ran out. “Tommy did an outstanding job,” Depue said. “Tommy’s mental toughness shined throughout the weekend. He never once appeared to be rattled or flustered by the situations or the score. He just continued to out work his opponents the entire match as was evident by the first two come-from-behind victories and the near pin in the last match.  “I was very pleased with how Tommy conducted himself and his wrestling intelligence continues to grow. I watched him hit a move at the state tournament in his second match that we had only showed him on the Wednesday before and he drilled it three times that day. Wow, pretty amazing athlete.” Williams missed the first half of the wrestling season because of Rocklin’s extended football season. Whitney senior Nazir Rasooli (135 pounds) was scheduled to compete over the weekend but he was disqualified due to illness. “The official physician felt he was contagious and said he could not wrestle,” Whitney coach Dan Parker said. “Needless to say, Nazir was crushed. We all felt he would have done very well. He has been wrestling his best lately and has been focusing on this tournament for over a year. It will take quite a while for him to get over this. It’s a case of very bad timing.”