CONCORD -- After the semifinal round Saturday, Antioch High School was on the verge of dominating the Clayton Valley Invitational wrestling tournament. Instead, the Panthers stumbled through the finals but still outdistanced Clayton Valley for their first tournament victory this season.

There was a Panther in half of the 14 championship bouts but Antioch won just two titles. Joseph Papaglia held off Alex Bazan of Freedom 7-4 at 162 pounds, and Fabrico Parada pinned John Nevis of Freedom 23 seconds into the second round of the 285-pound title match.

"I was a little disappointed, obviously, but I have a really young class," Antioch coach Ben McCorson said. "I have a lot of freshmen, a lot of sophomores. We had some ups and downs, but that's how wrestling is."

Clayton Valley, Heritage and Concord each claimed two individual titles. The Eagles' Kyle Tran pinned Charles Chappel of Galena-Reno (Nevada) in 47 seconds to win the 108-pound championship, and was voted the Most Valuable Lightweight. Mustafa Sheridil (115) made it two straight for the Eagles when his second-round pin of Antioch's Eric Schneiderman.

Concord's Lucas Barberio and Max Mayo each won their final handily. Barberio stuck Logan Bangert of Clayton Valley 49 seconds into the second round at 197, building an 8-3 lead before getting the pin. Barberio also earned the Most Valuable Heavyweight. Mayo did nearly everything but pin Clayton Valley's Dahkota Cramer in the 172-pound final, getting three takedowns and two near-falls en route to a 15-3 victory.


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Mike Carr of Heritage won the 184-pound title by pinning Freedom's Cole Thompson 39 seconds into the third round. He was ahead 12-7 when the pin came. Thompson had Carr on his back at the end of the second round but could not get the fall. The Falcons' Kyle Marshall won the 134-pound title with an 11-4 victory over Antioch's Barney Maldonado.

Clint Fredenberg of Freedom won at 122 pounds with a second-round pin of Ikaika Flagg of Galena-Reno, and Northgate's Floyd Armenta decisioned Moises Flores of Antioch 11-5 for the 222-pound title.

It was the smallest tournament ever at Clayton Valley with just 11 teams, with teams also traveling to Albany and Dublin, as well as a tournament in Windsor pulling in schools from the North Bay.

  • Freedom's Ricky Coster took first place at 122 pounds at the two-day Mid-California Invitational at Gilroy High. Coster won two matches by pinfall and four by decision, including a 6-4 victory over Albert Landeros of Tracy in the final. He started Saturday with a 49-second pin of Kobe Feeley of Paso Robles in his semifinal.

    Clayton Valley's Matt McCoy was stopped by top-seeded Paul Fox of Gilroy in the semifinals, then went onto finish sixth at 140 pounds

    Two pins and a decision put McCoy in the semifinal against Fox, ranked third in the state at 132 pounds by The California Wrestler, but was edged 4-3. McCoy finished with a 5-3 loss to Zack Holmes of Paso Robles in the fifth-place match.

    Castro Valley's Matt Aquino took fifth at 154 pounds, and the Trojans' Diego Lazares was seventh at 134.