Zebras’ Jossis claims first-place at Robert Fuller
Lincoln High School hosted an array of talent as wrestlers from California and out of state competed in the annual Mark Fuller Invitational Tournament, last Saturday.
The three-time Olympic Games representative of USA Wrestling, Mark Fuller was on hand for the event. The tournament namesake comes to Lincoln in support of his alma mater and the sport in which he achieved acclaim.
“I love to see these kids develop their skills and go out in front of a crowd,” said Fuller after the tournament concluded. “It was great to have all the schools involved and seeing these kids trying to become the best they can be.”
Two small schools from Nevada, McQueen (251.5 points) and Pershing County (159) dominated the team standings. The two clubs finished in first and second place respectively.
Lincoln’s Pioneer Valley League rival Center (122.5) was third.
The Fighting Zebras (60.5) rounded out the day with a 10th-place finish, only a half point behind Highway 65 rival Yuba City (61).
Lincoln’s Anthony Jossis achieved the Zebras’ sole first-place individual honors in the 113-pound weight division.
In a match with Pershing County’s Riley Kendall, Jossis came back from a late deficit to capture the victory. It was one of the evening’s most entertaining matches.
As the championship match headed in to the second period, both competitors were tied 3-3. Kendall jumped ahead with an escape and takedown. But Jossis managed to cut the deficit earning a point with a late-period escape.
The Zebras’ sophomore left nothing to chance in the final period. Jossis outscored Kendall with two escapes, a reverse and a takedown. He then stood his ground in the final seconds to capture a 10-8 win amidst an uproar from the home crowd.
Freshman Ryan Ojeda finished two spots behind his teammate in the same division. Ojeda’s only defeat of the day came one bout earlier against Jossis.
Ero Wainio suffered a face injury in his match for third place in the 160 pound division. After a couple of late stops in order to control the flow of blood, Wainio returned to the mat to shut out his opponent in the final period.
The Zebras’ senior notched a 4-1 win for third place.
Lincoln’s Austin Freymond started the championship round with a second-period pin in the 106 pound division. Jesse Pontoja finished sixth in the 195 weight division. The senior did not compete in his final match after sustaining an injury in the quarterfinals round.
With exception to Pontoja’s automatic forfeit in his final match, the other four Zebras’ that reached the final round went undefeated in that bout.
Mark Fuller Invitational Wrestling
Lincoln High School, Jan. 12
Top 10 Team Results
1. McQueen 251.5
2. Pershing County 159
3. Center 122.5
4. Roseville 112
5. Del Oro 101
6. Del Campo 98
7-8. Las Plumas 67
7-8. Ripon 67
9. Yuba City 61
10. Lincoln 60.5