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December 8, 2007

State Championship

1st Place: Sierra College 146 pts

The Sierra College Wolverines for the first time in the six years under Ken Wharry and Don Martinez III, have finished off their season with a California Community College State Championship.

The Wolverines sent 10 wrestlers into the tournament held at Fresno City College December 8th and nine wrestlers came home with medals.

All Americans

Sophomore Chauncey Phillips finished off his career by becoming a two-time All-American for the Wolverines at 125 lbs by finishing 3rd. Sophomore Travis Wood also became a two-time All-American, finishing 6th at 157 lbs. Mingo Grant finished 3rd, earning All-American Honors. Mingo also became a two-time Academic All-American.

Freshman Chris Stanana finished 3rd at 149 lbs and Mike Fucci and Zeth St Clair both finished 4th at 165 lbs and 174 lbs. With their finishes they also earned All-American honors.

In the finals Sierra had 3 representatives as Norman Richmond won the 133 lb State Championship beating Paul Lyon of Cerritos College in a very exciting final.

Erik Nye finished off his career at Sierra undefeated in the Junior College ranks and becoming the second two-time Junior College State Champion for Sierra College since Brian Holt in 2000. He kept the streak alive of state heavyweight champions winning by fall in the finals for Sierra College.

Alex Howard moved up 2 weight classes and still finished 2nd at 184 lbs to earn his first All-American award.

Coaches of the Year

As a team three awards were presented. The Coach of the Year Award went to Head Coach Ken Wharry and the Assistant Coach of the Year Award went to Don Martinez III. The Most Outstanding Wrestler Award went to freshman Norman Richmond.

Team Standings

  1. Sierra 146 pts
  2. Cerritos 103 pts
  3. Lassen College 97 pts
  4. Fresno City 90.5 pts
  5. Palomar College 81.5 pts
  6. Modesto College 77.0 pts
  7. East LA 58.5 pts
  8. West Valley College 50.5 pts
  9. Santa Ana College 49.0 pts
  10. Moorpark College 37.5 pts
  11. Sacramento City College 37.0 pts

December 1, 2007

Northern Regional Championships

1st Place: Sierra 177 pts

For the third time in five years under Head Coach Ken Wharry and Assistant Coach Don Martinez III, the Wolverines have staked their claim to the Northern California Junior College Regional Championship.

This year the Wolverines were the host school. The Wolverines had 5 champions led by sophomores Erik Nye (HWT) and Mingo Grant (197). They also had a second place finish from Travis Wood (157), a 3rd place finish from Chauncey Phillips and a 4th place finish from Alex Howard.

Freshmen Zeth St Clair (165), Norman Richmond (133) and Chris Santana were the other three champions in the trio of 7 that made the finals for the Wolverines. A big second place finish at 174 lbs as Mike Fucci knocked off one of only two remaining undefeated wrestlers in the state in Victor Carazo from Modesto Jr College in an exciting semifinal match. Finishing 6th was Billy Strmiska at 141 lbs.

In the team standings Sierra held a commanding lead going into the finals and finished with 177 pts. The Wolverines qualified all 10 wrestlers for next weekend's state meet held at Fresno City College We will be looking for a team state championship!

Final team standings from the Northern Regional:

  1. Sierra College 177.00
  2. Fresno City College 135.00
  3. Lassen College 126.00
  4. Modesto Junior College 81.50
  5. West Valley College 75.50
  6. Sacramento City College 73.50
  7. Shasta College 64.50
  8. Santa Rosa Junior College College 30.00
  9. San Joaquin Delta College 21.50
  10. Chabot College 19.50
  11. Skyline College 15.00

November 18, 2007

Fullerton Open

The Sierra Wrestling team competed in Fullerton Open as all the Wolverine wrestlers did well as Kenny Smith finished with a 3-2 record along with Anderew Obermark and Mike Fucci.

Billy Strimska and Travis Wood both had 4-2 records and Alex Howard finished 2-2. Mingo Grant tied for 5th place with a 6-2 record.

Two firsts at the Fullerton Open as Norman Richmond and Eric Nye both took home titles as they were not from a NCAA or NAIA institution.

Richmond pinned his first two opponents both from Cal State Bakersfield recording his first fall over Betancourt from CSUB in 1:40 and his second fall over Justin Durham who was 3rd in the California State High School Championships this past year in 1:27.

In the Semifinals he beat TJ Dillashaw from Cal State Fullerton who is highly ranked in the PAC 10 by a score of 2-1. In the finals he wrestled Flip Novachkov from Cal Poly who is a Junior Bulgarian National Champion and a former High School State Champion by a score of 11-7.

Eric Nye recorded two pins recording over Thurston from UC Davis in 2:43 and Collins from Pima Junior College in :58 seconds. In the finals he defeated Jesse Ruiz from Menlo College by a score of 5-0..

November 16, 2007

Palomar 22 Sierra 16

The Sierra Wrestling team efforts to win a 3rd state dual title came up short yesterday as they fell to defeat to Palomar College 22-16 held at Cal State Fullerton. Sophmores Mingo Grant and Eric Nye both posted victories for the wolverines as well as Chauncey Phillips and Freshman Norman Richmond.

  • 125 Chancey Phillips (Sierra) dec. Mark Ibarra (Palomar) 6-4
  • 133 Norman Richmond (Sierra) dec. Fidel Rojas (Palomar) 19-14
  • 141 Ethan Hall (Palomar) dec. Billy Strimska (Sierra) 7-3
  • 149 Joe Barajas (Palomar) dec. Chris Santana (Sierra) 4-3
  • 157 Louie Desantis (Palomar) dec. Travis Wood (Sierra) 6-2
  • 165 Lewis Gonzalez (Palomar) pins Zeth St. Clair (Sierra) 6:32
  • 174 Caleb Smith (Palomar) maj. dec. Mike Fucci (Sierra) 10-2
  • 184 Kellen Desmond (Palomar) dec. Jase Pierce (Sierra) 6-0
  • 197 Mingo Grant (Sierra) maj. dec. Jose Leon 20-9
  • HWT Eric Nye (Sierra) pins Greg Villalobos (Palomar) 2:12

November 15, 2007

Sierra 49, Santa Rosa Junior College 0

The Sierra College had one final Big 8 Conference match against Santa Rosa Jr. College before competing in the State Dual Championship match. Sierra finished 6-1 in Big 8 Conference matches and 11-1 over all.

In the last dual the Wolverines gave coaches Wharry and Martinez their first shut out in the 6 years that they have been running the program.

  • 125 Chauncey Phillipps def Chatman 16- 6
  • 133 Kenny Smith def Young 16-2
  • 141 Andrew Obermark def Muniz 7-3
  • 149 Billy Stramiska def Lew 13-3
  • 157 Chris Santana FF
  • 165 Travis Wood pin Vitatoe 4:32
  • 174 Mike Fucci FF
  • 184 Alex Howard def Mcneese 18-4
  • 197 Mingo Grant FF
  • HWT Erik Nye FF

Update, November 13, 2007

Sierra 22, Modesto Jr. College 21

The Sierra College Wrestling team had a very busy weekend! On Friday the Wolverines wrestled Big 8 Conference match against Modesto College. Entering this match Modesto was ranked 5th in the State with Sierra in 1st. The Wolverines had to pull off an exciting last match pin by Erik Nye to win the match 22-21. Nye, with that pin remains undefeated and still ranked number one in the State.

San Francisco Invitational

Sierra then traveled to San Francisco State University to compete in a twenty team tournament on Saturday. Sierra entered the tournament missing 3 top rated wrestlers

  • #1 - Travis Wood 
  • #2 - Phillipps 
  • #3 - Zeth Sinclair

Even though Sierra entered the tournament down 3 wrestlers the
Wolverines dominated the tournament and walked away with another championship trophy.

  1. Sierra 40
  2. East LA 34
  3. Modesto 29
  4. Cerritos 25
  5. Fresno 25
  6. Shasta 23
  7. Lassen 21
  8. Rio Hondo 14
  9. Sacramento City 10


  • 133 Norman Richmond 1st
  • 197 Mingo Grant 1st
  • 285 Erik Nye 1st
  • 149 Chris Santana 3rd
  • 165 Chris Labrecque 4th
  • 174 Mike Fucci 4th

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Cuesta College Meathead Invitational Tournament

The Sierra College Wrestling team competed in the Meathead Invitational which was held at Cuesta College this past weekend. Sierra entered this tournament without two #1 ranked wrestlers in the lineup—133# Norman Richmond and 157# Travis Wood.

The tournament hosted 14 of the top teams in the state and Sierra finished in first place behind outstanding performances by:

  • 285 Erik Nye who is ranked # 1 in the state and remains unbeaten.
  • 197 Mingo Grant Ranked #1 in the state and remains unbeaten
  • 149 Chris Santana Ranked #3 But defeated the #2 Ranked wrestler in the finals
  • 125 Chauncey Phillipps 2nd place
  • 141 Billy Strimska 4th place
  • 165 Zeth St Clair 4th place

Team Scores

  1. Sierra 89.50
  2. Palomar 84.0
  3. Cerritos 74.0
  4. Fresno 66.0
  5. Lassen 61.0
  6. West Valley 46.0
  7. Moorpark 45.50
  8. Sac City 45.50
  9. West Hills 39.50
  10. Santa Ana 39.0

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sierra 30, Sacramento City College 11

Sierra College wrestled cross town rival Sacramento City College in a Big 8 Conference match. Host Sierra College came away with a dominating win 30-11.

Sierra wrestler listed first:

  • 125 Phillipps Vs Mathis Phillipps by pin
  • 133 Smith vs Nichols Nichols 10-9
  • 141 Richmond vs Archuleta Archuleta 5-7
  • 149 Santana vs Pacheco Santana 13-5
  • 157 Wood vs Ludwig Wood 12-6
  • 165 St Clair vs Carothers St Clair 12-7
  • 174 Fucci vs Hart Fucci 7-1
  • 184 Pierce vs Vascancellos Vascancellos 19-0
  • 197 Grant vs Snavely Grant 18-5
  • Hwt Nye vs Hamilton Nye by Pin

Saturday, October 27

North South All Star Tournament

 The Sierra College Wrestling team had 5 wrestlers qualify for the North vs South All-star team which competed at Cuesta Community College.

Sierra All-Stars were:

  • 133 Norman Richmond
  • 149 Chris Santana
  • 157 Travis Wood
  • 197 Mingo Grant
  • 285 Erik Nye

Sierra also had 3 alternates:

  • 125 Chauncy Phillipps
  • 165 Zeth St Clair
  • 174 Mike Fucci

All of the Sierra wrestlers won there matches except for Chris Santana who lost a tough match to the number one ranked wrestler in the state. Travis Wood defeated the number one ranked wrestler in the state Louis Desantes 9-1.

Saturday, October 20

North Dual Championships

 Sierra College took the mats once again in the Northern California Dual Tournament. This tournament determines the top team from the north to compete for the State Dual Championship. This was the first time all season that Sierra was able to put there complete line up on the mat and the outcome was incredible.

  1. First Round: Sierra vs. Chabot  52-6  
  2. Second Round: Sierra vs. West Valley 52-6  
  3. Third Round Semi Final: Sierra vs. Modesto   39-9
  4. Finals: Sierra vs. Fresno   34-12  

Saturday, October 13

West Valley Invitational

2nd Place

Sierra College competed in the 19 team West Valley Invitational this weekend at Pitman High School In Turlock. The Wolverines finished 2nd to Palomar and right ahead of the top ranked Fresno City College. Some of the key performers are: Chauncey Phillips who competed in his first tournament of the year with a 3rd place finish, Norman Richmond finished 6th. Zeth St Clair 5th and Mike Fucci 5th, Chris Santana 3rd,Travis Wood was 3rd and also won the fastest pin in 25 seconds and the most pins with 4 and the least amount of time. Mingo remained undefeated by placing 1st. Erik Nye competed for the first time this year and he had an outstanding day by pinning 3 of his 4 opponents including a first round pin in the gold medal match.
Sierra will next be in action next week in the Nor cal Duals to determine who represent the north in the State Dual Championships.

Wednesday, October 10

Sierra 31 - Shasta 13

Sierra College wrestling took to the mats against Big 8 conference Shasta College. Sierra had a strong performance from some outstanding young wrestlers in a 31-13 win.
Chauncey Phillips won his first match of the year at 125 with a 45 second pin. Chris Santana remained undefeated on the year with a tech fall and Mingo Grant had one of the best matches of the night as he remained undefeated by beating the number 2 ranked wrestler in the state. Sierra will be in action Saturday at the Modesto tournament which will be held at Pitman High School in Turlock. Erik Nye Sierra College returning State Champ and 5th place in the World Championship is expected to make his season debut.

Saturday, September 29

Modesto Invitational

 Sierra College competed at the Modesto invitational and had some outstanding performances from some of there incoming freshmen. Freshman Chris Santana remained Undefeated on the season with a first place finish in the 149 pound class.
Other top performers were:

  • 133 Bud Gibson 2nd,
  • 149 Billy Strmiska 2nd,
  • 165 Zeth St Clair 2nd,
  • 165 John LaBrecque 3rd,
  • 174 Jess Stiff 3rd.

Wednesday, September 26

Sierra 46 San Joaquin Delta 7

Sierra improved in the big 8 conference by defeating Delta college 46-7 Sierra is now 1-1 and will travel to Modesto for there next match.

  • 125 Cambell vs Smith Smith by pin
  • 133 Kellon vs Gibson Gibson by pin
  • 141 Cericers vs Harpel Harpel by pin
  • 149 Lopez vs Santana Santana by pin
  • 157 Avery vs Strmiska Stramiska by pin
  • 165 FF vs Stiff
  • 174 FF vs Fucci
  • 184 Cearley vs Hall Cearley dec 4-6
  • 197 Sales vs Grant Grant dec 10-4
  • HWT Ramirez vs Plummer Ramirez dec 10-7

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Sacramento City College Tournament

Sierra College rebounded very well after a tough loss in Big 8 Conference match on Thursday by placing 3rd at the Sac City Tournament.
Sierra College finished with 4 Champions:

  • 133 Norman Richmond
  • 149 Chris Santana
  • 157 Travis Wood
  • 197 Mingo Grant

The other top performers are:

  • 125 Kenny Smith,
  • 141 Max Harpel 3rd,
  • 157 Preston Brown 4th,
  • 165 Jon La Brecque 4th,
  • 174 Mike Fucci 3rd.

Saturday, September 14

Sierra 16 - Lassen 28

Sierra College is listed first

  • 125   Kenny Smith Pinned by Houser .48
  • 133   Norman Richmond win by major Schroder 16-2
  • 141   Andrew Obermark pinned by Long 5:22
  • 149   Max Harpel Dec by Summit 10-8
  • 157   Billy Strmiska Def by Perkins 8-4
  • 165   Travis Wood pinned Delph   2:03
  • 174   Mike Fucci dec  Muthart   5-4
  • 184   Alex Wallenberg Pinned by Schenzal   5:02
  • 197   Mingo Grant dec Miller  10-6
  • Hwt   Plummer Pinned by Kiel 4:05

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