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Roseville's Jankovich second at Big Valley

Granite Bay 17th of 69 teams in prestigious event
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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It was a nice birthday present for Roseville High junior wrestler Dylan Jankovich, though most people don’t need to work that hard for a gift. One day after his 17th birthday, Jankovich closed out a strong two days on the mat at the Stockton Events Center with a second place finish at the Big Valley Classic tournament. Sixty-five teams from all over California plus four schools from Nevada gathered for this most prestigious of events Friday and Saturday. Jankovich, a state qualifier last season, wrestled at 130 pounds for the first time this season as he begins his preparations at the weight class he will compete at heading into the run for a return trip to state. He was the top seed in the division and after an opening round bye won four straight matches to reach the final. His first two wins came by shutout and then he passed a test in his Saturday morning quarterfinal with an 8-5 win over Curtis Bright of Reno. The semifinal battle against Michael Sepulveda of Douglas County High School was a back-and-forth battle. Jankovich scored an escape with three seconds remaining to send the match into overtime. In the sudden death overtime period, Jankovich scored a takedown to claim the victory and a trip to the finals. He lost 12-3 to Dalton Metiveir of Lincoln of Stockton in the finals. “Dylan wrestled with a lot of heart today,” said Roseville coach Jeremiah Miller. “He went hard. That loss leaves us with a lot of good stuff to work on. He wrestled his best and I am proud of him.” The Tigers finished 29th as a team, a result that was 12 spots behind 17th-place Granite Bay. The Grizzlies had some impressive results with a very young team. There are just two seniors on the Granite Bay roster, but it was a pair of sophomores who reached the medal podium. Heavyweight Gavin Andrews also enjoyed a first round bye before reaching the winner’s bracket quarterfinals with a pair of pins. Andrews lost a 7-3 decision and then knocked off Rocklin’s Nic Cooper by pin in the loser’s bracket before a second loss sent him to the seventh-place match. Andrews pinned Alex Becker of Grace Davis to claim the No. 7 position. Adam Wagner won his first three matches at 145 pounds and ended up with a 5-2 record as he eventually lost the third-place duel in a 4-2 decision to finish fourth. Andrew Broadland (112 pounds), Ian Mook (130), Carson Schmidley (152), Adam Godbey (160) and William Anderson (189) all had solid two-day events for the Grizzlies. Granite Bay coach Mike Lynch is excited about the work of his young athletes. “Our guys wrestled real well overall,” Lynch said. “It was real pleased with how our young kids did. We have a lot of freshman and sophomores and they competed well for us.” Rocklin finished 43rd as a team in Stockton. Greg Goldner finished eighth in the 160-pound division and Cooper fell just short of the medal round with is loss to Granite Bay’s Andrews in the heavyweight division. Tommy Williams also had a nice tournament at 145 pounds for the Thunder.