Rocklin's Williams, Whitney's Rasooli headed to state

By: Staff Report
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Rocklin High senior wrestler Tommy Williams and Whitney senior Nazir Rasooli will compete in the CIF State Meet this weekend in Bakersfield. Rasooli placed fourth at 135 pounds while Williams was sixth at 145 at the Masters Tournament over the weekend in Stockton. Williams won his first two matches on Friday, controlling both throughout. He then suffered a loss on Friday night, falling 5-3 to Tyler Brown of Calaveras. “We really beat ourselves in this match with a couple simple mistakes resulting in three points for Brown,” Rocklin coach Grant Depue said. Williams dominated a Rio Americano wrestler on Saturday morning (10-0) and followed that up with an impressive victory against an opponent from River Valley. Williams, who had already qualified for state by this point, then lost to wrestlers from Los Banos and Central Catholic. “I was very pleased with the losses,” Depue said. “As a coach you can learn more about your wrestler from losses than from wins. We were exposed on a couple of our weaker points but I feel that Tommy is such an intelligent wrestler that we can make our adjustments this week and wrestle better at the state meet this weekend.  “Our goal all season long has been to place at the state meet, we aren’t satisfied with just going. We want and believe we can achieve more.” Rasooli will compete in the state championships for the second year in a row this weekend. He went 0-2 at state last year, losing matches by scores of 5-2 and 3-2 at 135 pounds. Rasooli went 4-2 at the Masters Tournament over the weekend. Whitney teammate Jordan Achanzar won his first two matches on Friday, including a pin over Central Catholic’s Tanner Feuerstein. Feuerstein entered the tournament ranked No. 5 in the Sac-Joaquin Section for this weight class. Achanzar was eventually eliminated on Saturday. Whitney’s Julio Ceron (215) pinned his first opponent before losing two close matches on Friday.