Here is a bracket-by-bracket breakdown of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Wrestling Tournament today and Saturday at Stockton Arena:
103 -- Pitman freshman phenom Emilio Saavedra, ranked No. 1 in the state, is positioned to win. He could meet No. 4 Juan Garza of Oakdale in semifinals. Vacaville freshman Gionn Peralta, in the bracket's other half, leads his strong team in wins. ... Would have enjoyed watching Beyer senior Jake Congleton (missed weight last week). ... Twin X-Factors: West sophomore Ulysses Juan and D-III champion Lathan Liles of Rodriguez. ... Only three seniors in division.
112 -- Oakdale junior Garrett Fortado (103 section champ in 2010), ranked first in section, won D-IV last week. He's bracing for second-round match vs. No. 4 Kasey Klaus of Vacaville, fourth at D-I North. Fortado saw many wrestlers in this field last year, but his draw is challenging: Edgar Gomez of Waterford, Klaus and Justin Martin-Del Campo of West. Erik Greybill of Ponderosa and Victor Trujillo of Bella Vista are possible semifinalists. ...The X-Factor: Argonaut freshman Caleb Patrick, who beat Gomez in D-V final. Gomez meets Downey's Chris Kreifels in first round.
119 -- Elk Grove's Martin Ramirez, the 112-pound champion last year, leads a potent draw from the North (4 of top 8). Ben Weber, the D-I South champion for team winner Golden Valley, could run into No. 8 Alex Greybill of Ponderosa and No. 4 Grant Burkhalter of Bella Vista back-to-back. ... The X-Factor: Oakdale's Ronnie Stevens, the son of coach Brian Stevens, could see No. 2 Connor Pollock of Folsom in quarterfinals. Escalon freshman Tyler Lawrence, runner-up in D-V behind Carson Homuth of Bret Harte, also is locked in Pollock's bracket.
125 -- Turlock senior Fabian Garcia, No. 2 in state, has won section's 119s the last two years. Upsets in other divisions, however, resulted in six of section's top eight clogged in his bracket. Example: Potential 2nd-round match against No. 3 Tim Ditrich of Ponderosa, followed by No. 8 Justin Calderone of Bella Vista. Meanwhile, D-I North champ Hayden Fry of Vacaville, a freshman, and No. 2 Auston Wulfert of Casa Roble lurk in upper bracket. Twin X-Factors: Fourth-ranked Escalon sophomore Johnathon Costa and sixth-ranked Pitman senior Tyler Klinkhammer.
130 -- Union Mine's unbeaten senior Cody Tow, No. 1 in the state, goes for his third Masters title, but his division is stacked with 125s who went up and 135s who dropped. One of the latter is Pitman's Andrew Perez, who's ranked second in section. He could face No. 3 Dylan Jankovich of Roseville in semifinals. ... Escalon's Christian Franks and Buhach Colony's Francisco Tejeda, both seniors, meet in first round. Also in Tow's bracket are Turlock senior Brandon Egleston and Bella Vista's Shayne Tucker. The X-Factor: Summerville's Brady Day.
135 -- Oakdale senior Shane Tate, Masters 130 champ last year who placed third at State, tops this draw and should roll. Not far from him in bracket is Central Catholic freshman Reggie Bland, the brother of three-time state champion Louis Bland. On opposite end of bracket is No. 2 Dalton Metivier of Lincoln, who dropped from 140. Good first-round match between Escalon's Dylan Furtado and Bella Vista's Landon Burkhalter. The X-Factor: Bret Harte senior Devin Nanik, who lost to Justin Brown of Calaveras in Mother Lode final, then beat him to win D-V.
140 -- Another traffic jam with the section's top 3 in the same half of the bracket: No. 1 Austin Branum of Del Oro, No. 2 Jorge Munoz of Los Banos and No. 3 Max Francesconi of Elk Grove. Munoz placed third in D-IV. Antonio Guizar of Golden Valley, ranked fourth, lost to Tokay's Darren Amarjargal, a foreign-exchange student from Mongolia, in D-I South final. The X-Factor: Union Mine's Sean Tow, Cody's brother, who returned recently from an injury. Escalon sophomore Jason Robbins, the D-V champ, might face Tow in quarterfinals.
145 -- Oakdale senior David Ferry, the 135-pound state champion at Central Catholic last year, has gained momentum in the season's latter half. He's ranked second in section behind Jake Elliot of Oakmont, who's beaten Ferry twice (once via injury default). No. 8 Lucas Price of Grace Davis, the D-I South champion, opens against Eddy Madriz of Los Banos. The X-Factor: Central Catholic sophomore Ray Lomas, one of the talented Raiders who didn't bolt for Oakdale, could be headed for a match against Elliot. Lomas meets Downey's Sam Chilton in first round. For the second straight year, Bella Vista's Jennifer Page is the only girl in the field.
152 -- Del Oro senior Kevin Burrage, No. 1 in the section, and No. 2 Dustin Harris of Oakdale stare each other down in lower bracket. Harris, a junior, sometimes has been lost amid all the attention on Oakdale seniors. In the upper portion, No. 3 Dillon Mueller of Bella Vista (4th in D-II) and No. 4 Tyler Thomas of Pioneer prepare for second-round duel. Ripon junior Trevor Daniel is D-5 champion. The X-Factor: Thomas, who has dropped after being ranked fourth at 160.
160 -- Big gap between the rest of the bracket and No. 1 Vincent Waldhauser of Oak River, the state runner-up last year, and No. 2 Jim Wilson of McNair. They're ranked 2nd and 3rd in state, respectively. Eighth-ranked Wayne Green of Enochs tangles with Waldhauser in first round. Also bracketed with Waldhauser is Pitman's Marcel Vega, who was pinned by Wilson in D-I South final. The X-Factor: Escalon's Adrian Cortes, a star on the Cougars' state championship football team.
171 -- No. 1 Hudson Buck of Vacaville, the defending champion and the D-I North champion, is the man to beat. Oakdale's Trent Noon, 7th in the state at 152 last year, is expected to challenge from the opposite bracket. He could await No. 3 Allen Emmons of Ponderosa in semifinals. Fifth-ranked Sierra senior Alex Nuanez, fourth at D-IV, takes on No. 4 Jake Uhler of Del Oro in first round. Kyle Towler of Calaveras was D-V champion. The X-Factor: Enochs senior Joshua Logan, the only D-I South winner from the Modesto Metro Conference.
189 -- Center junior Khymba Johnson, ranked first in section, sees no ranked wrestlers until semifinals. The draw wasn't kind to D-V champ Monti Wilson of Calaveras, ranked 2nd. He could face No. 3 Jordan Sepeda of Natomas in second round. The good news for Wilson: If he beats Sepeda, he could go far. Also contending are Jesse Stoy of Summerville and Golden Valley's William Eastman. The X-Factor: D-I South winner Andrew Richards of Tokay.
215 -- No. 1 A.C. Brown of Oakdale, runner-up at Masters at 171 a year ago, is long and strong. In his bracket is Buhach Colony senior Luis Bojorquez. Look for possible all-alphabet semifinals encounter between No. 3 Josh Letuligasenoa of Elk Grove and No. 2 Malique Micenheimer of McNair (No. 3 in section last year). The X-Factor: Argonaut senior Dahlton Brown, who defeated Ripon senior Travis Smith in D-V final.
HVY -- A difficult journey for Los Banos junior Andres Quintero, ranked tops in the section. He could run into a ranked wrestler in each round: No. 8 Jordan Alleva of Folsom, No. 2 Kris Merrill of West, No. 4 Matt Phipps of Del Campo and No. 5 John Shupe of Vacaville (D-I North champ). The X-Factor in the opposite bracket: Granite Bay's D-II champion Gavin Andrews, a football star (and ranked first in the state in preseason) who became a force after he lost weight.
-- RON AGOSTINI, THE MODESTO BEE