wrestling

Brannon Cathey attempts to escape his opponent.

Liberty Ranch wrestlers competed in two tough tournaments this past weekend. Girls’ wrestling participated in a tournament that is one of three for the year and factors in the final seeding, heading into end of season championships.

Coach Brian Robinson says seeding helps at the State level.

“Seeding or ranking helps get a better position in the bracket for the qualifying rounds heading to the state championships.”

Kaylee Ceja and Bailey Cathey both did themselves well, helping their cause in year-end ranking with both finishing sixth in very large, competitive brackets.

“Kaylee’s year-end rankings are headed in the right direction by taking third at Folsom, second at Cordova and sixth in this big tourney,” said Robinson. 

“Bailey had a late start this season due to injuries, but this is a very good start.”

On the boys’ side, the Marty Mange Classic at Casa Roble High is always a tough tourney, and the boys stepped up. Leading everyone was senior Michael Negrete taking second with freshman Paul Johnson closely behind in third place.

“Negrete is sitting at 10-2 this season and Paul at 13-1; these guys are leading the team at a great pace,” said Robinson. “Kinyaa’aanii  Nuno is recovering from an injury; otherwise our top three are wrestling well.”

Returning to action after a week and a half injury, sophomore Brannon Cathey put in a solid performance resulting in fourth place in the 152-pound division. These performances lead Liberty to a ninth place team finish out of 30 teams registered.