With both wrestlers feeling good for their final match ups at Rosemont High School on Feb. 10, the Galt Warriors’ Jonah Del Rio and Anthony Nazzisi turned those good feelings into wins and brought home two championships for Galt at the Sierra Valley Conference wrestling tournament.
Del Rio had a 10-2 lead in the second period of his matchup against a Rosemont wrestler, and held on during a closely matched third period to claim his first league championship.
“I was just happy because last year I didn’t really do well against him and this year, he’s a senior graduating, and I wanted to beat him at least once,’’ Del Rio, a junior, said afterward.
Nazzisi won both of his matches as well, and ended up pinning his opponent from Cordova with approximately three seconds left in the match for the win.
“I’ve had a good season. I came into today, I had 13 wins and two losses. I’ve had seven pins in a row and I just felt a good energy,” Nazzisi said of his chances of winning a title.
The pair were half of the four Warriors who reached the championship round.
Erik Peterson lost a well-matched bout in the 154-pound weight class with El Dorado, after being edged 3-0; and Rigo Yepez, as the favorite in the 162-pound weight class and having finished the dual meet season undefeated, was defeated by El Dorado after being pinned just before time ran out in the second period.
In all, the Warriors will be taking 11 wrestlers to this weekend’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament, including Jacob Maldonado, who qualified as an alternate, and Dominic Flores, who also ended up qualifying.
The tournament starts Friday at 11 a.m. at Foothill High School.
William Farren and Josh Davidson earned third place at the league championships for the Warriors and will be among those competing at the two-day tournament in Sacramento.
For Nazzisi, winning league is a highlight but also, hopefully, a stepping stone to what is to come during the postseason.
“Right now I’m 15-2. I want to at least make Masters this year. I’m far from done,” said Nazzisi.