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Whitney to host PVL wrestling championships Thursday

SFL championships at Nevada Union on Thursday
By: Staff Report
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Whitney High will host the Pioneer Valley League wrestling championships at 10 a.m. Thursday. “We are looking forward to a great tournament,” Whitney coach Dan Parker said. “This year will be very competitive in nearly all weight classes.” Whitney has three returning league champions in Jordan Achanzar, Nazir Rasooli and Julio Ceron and Parker says he hopes to finish with more this year. Parker expects his junior varsity team to perform well Thursday also. “We have some great young talent in our freshmen and sophomore classes and we expect several JV champions,” Parker said. “It is our final year in the PVL and we are hoping to leave on a very high note. Hosting the tournament is special for us since this is our last year in this league, and my seniors started at Whitney the same year I did. They are my first group of kids I’ve had through all four years.” Rocklin The Thunder will compete in the Sierra Foothill League championships at Nevada Union on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to the league tournament because the team part of the season is essentially over,” Rocklin coach Grant Depue said. “I feel we have many tough individuals but were unable to fill a full lineup so our team status suffered this year.” Rocklin dominated Oakmont for its first Sierra Foothill League victory of the season on Feb. 3. Oakmont finished SFL competition winless. “We came out and wrestled tough,” Depue said. Rocklin’s seniors were honored before the match and senior Charles Ousley (171 pounds) earned a first-round pin in the first match of the evening. “I feel we have been working hard and improving daily so I look forward to (the SFL championship),” Depue said. “I like being the underdog and it is so easy to be overlooked in high school athletics that I’m excited to see how we do.” Rocklin freshman Olivia Seppinni placed second in her weight class over the weekend at the Sac-Joaquin Section girls championships at McNair High. Teammate Arianna Lopez placed sixth in her division. “I believe (Lopez) was quite capable of taking third (in her division) if she would have performed Saturday the way I saw her wrestle on Friday,” Depue said.