Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wrestling Divisionals Start Friday/Speed Camp Coming To Stagg H.S.

Area wrestlers are back in action this weekend with the Divisional round of competition in the Sac-Joaquin Section. All Delta League schools are competing in the Division I-A Tournament at McNair High School.

Delta League champion Elk Grove qualified all 14 grapplers for the Divisionals which begin Friday and wrap up with the medal rounds Saturday evening. Several earned the top seeds including 106-pounder Spencer Francesconi, 113-pounder Jacob Seto, 120-pounder Jesse Arroyo, 145-pounder Carson Sperber, 152-pounder Arsenio Ayala, 170-pounder Zach Krock, Jack Bellecci at 195 pounds, 220-pounder Sai Ta'amu and 285-pounder Tyler Yates.

Franklin's 132-pounder Josh Villaflor is the top seed in his weight group after winning a league championship for the fourth year in a row. He's the first Franklin grappler to do that.

Antonio Jiminez at 138 pounds and Robby Nickerson at 182 pounds are also top seeds.

The brackets are posted under the "Forum" on

The top eight finishers in each weight group will advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters' Tournament in Stockton Feb. 27 and 28.

Speed Camp At Stagg H.S.

Young athletes (boys & girls) from ages 10 to 18 in many sports from football, baseball, track & field, soccer and lacrosse have the opportunity to improve their speed in a 40-yard dash or longer by what they’ll learn at the first Northern California Cal-Hi Sports/Gold Medal Excellence Speed Camp that will be Saturday, Feb. 28 at Stagg High in Stockton.

The camp is under the direction of coach Chris Asher, who in 2013 guided a group of USA Track & Field sprinters to a world junior championship in the 4x400 relay. Last summer, Asher also was a team manager for the USA Track & Field team at the world junior championships.

At the first Southern California Cal-Hi Sports/GME Speed Camp, which was Jan. 31 at Palisades High of Pacific Palisades, one camper in attendance went from 4.97 in the 40-yard dash at the beginning of the day to 4.82 just a couple of hours later.

“I didn’t think all the little things can mean even more than lifting weights,” said Calabasas High junior Justin Johnson about what he learned. “This reassures me that if I keep working hard, that I’ll continue to get faster.”

Asher, along with Cal-Hi Sports publisher Mark Tennis, decided to co-produce speed camps in the early spring partly after watching numerous football combines over the years.

“It’s amazing how many of these athletes have no clue how to run a 40-yard dash,” Asher said. “That’s great when a kid like Justin Johnson can do what he did. That’s what we’re trying to do with this camp.”

Asher also has extensive experience helping NFL players improve their speed. Last summer, he worked with Arizona Cardinals defensive back Antonio Cromartie, who lowered his 40 time to 4.32 and was in this year’s Pro Bowl. Asher also helped Cromartie’s brother, Marcus, who by the end of the 2014 season was playing extensively for the San Francisco 49ers.

The cost for the one-day camp through the web site is $37, which includes t-shirt and a certificate for several Campers of the Day. Many of those attending also will be featured in upcoming months on the statewide web site.

Here is a link to a page with more information:

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