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Ex-Bruin Steers captures JC title

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STATE CHAMP — Kenny Steers, right, angles for a takedown of Modesto's Ryan Mackey in their 184-pound title bout last week at Delat College. Photo by John Sachs, Tech-Fall

Emmons also medals

STOCKTON — Sacramento City College 184-pound wrestler Kenny Steers, a 2010 Ponderosa High graduate, captured the title in his weight class at the 2013 California Community College Wrestling State Championships at Delta College over the weekend, the first-ever Bruin grappler to win a state title on the junior college circuit.

Steers, who completed his second season in the Panthers’ program, finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record by posting a 2-1 decision over Modesto Junior College’s Ryan Mackey in the championship match. In the semifinals, Steers made the finals with an 11-6 decision over Shasta College’s Thomas Cross.

In his second match of the tourney, Steers posted a 5-2 decision win over Cerritos College’s Jeramiah Gerl. Steers also defeated Santa Ana College’s Alfredo Nava, posting a 9-6 victory.

This was the first year that California community colleges could enter two wrestlers in the same weight class.

Another former Bruin, Allen Emmons, also competed in Steers’ weight class and brought home an eight place medal. He finished the tournament with a 1-3 record. Earning a first-round bye, Emmons lost a tough 5-4 decision to Palomar College’s Drasko Bogdanovich. Competing in the loser’s bracket, Emmons won by fall in the first round at 1:40 but lost his second match to Santa Ana College’s Alfredo Nava by a 5-2 decision. In the seventh place match, Emmons was pinned by Gerl at 4:05 in the second round.

In addition to the duo, three former El Dorado County prep grapplers were on the Panthers’ roster this season: Ponderosa’s Sean Melton (141), Oak Ridge’s Ali Atebar (174) and Union Mine’s Nick DeKalb (157).

Sacramento City College ended the three-year reign by Fresno City College, taking first place with 171 points. Aside from Steers, the Panthers had three other state champions.

In the Big 8 Conference, Sacramento finished with a perfect team record of 4-0, 12-0 overall.

Other former Bruins competing on the college scene are Aaron DeMay at Southern Oregon University, Jesse Routsong at Embry Riddle University and Nick Troquato at Cal Poly.

Democrat Staff

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Discussion | 11 comments

  • Phil VeerkampDecember 17, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Ken Steers, your son?

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  • Ken SteersDecember 18, 2013 - 5:21 am

    Phil, yes he is. His Grandfather and I have been traveling with him all season. 3 Ken Steers in this county. Heaven help us all. Merry Christmas Phil to you and yours and GO PONDO!!!!!!!

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 18, 2013 - 7:44 am

    THREE Ken Steers? Damn! Oh well, one of these years the Cougars will rule. (((for some of us lucky ones the cougars . . . ))) ~~~ Congratulations anyway, Kenny!

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  • Ken SteersDecember 18, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    Phil I'll throw you a bone. Aaron Demay is half Cougar half Bruin...

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  • Ken SteersDecember 18, 2013 - 7:03 am

    Kenny wants all to know that Allen Emmons was the Number one wrestler all year. He broke ribs in the Sectionals and continued to battle with an injury most people can't breath with. Allen is a true Champion also.

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  • Tyson EscobarDecember 18, 2013 - 10:03 am

    Congrats Kenny! Very proud to have coached you at Ponderosa and look forward to coaching with you at Ponderosa in the future. Always giving back is what are alumni have always done and you are a great leader to our younger kids. See you on the mat!

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  • Allen EmmonsDecember 19, 2013 - 7:15 am

    Ken, Thanks for the kind words you have always been there for the kids and I am very happy / proud of Kenny.GO PONDO!!!!!! Allen's dad

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  • David PachecoDecember 18, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    ............................................Congratulations to Kenny Steers! He did a great job this year and we are all very proud at SCC. Also, congrats to Allen Emmons who also battled and got a medal. As mentioned earlier by Ken Steers, Allen suffered a rib injury and still was able to earn a medal. Interesting that two former Bruins not only medaled, but in the same weight. Finally, sorry to break the news, but Kenny is not the first Bruin to win a JC State title. Todd Parham pulled off the feat for Sac City in 1991. Good company to be a part of. Todd was a two time All American at SCC and now lives in China.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 18, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    I need more than that, Ken. I was on Bill Hickey's original Cougar wrestling team - Block E Cougar wrestler - EDC's originating wrestling team - Respect the Cougar, Ken.

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  • Ken SteersDecember 18, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    I respect all wrestlers Phil. Wrestling and Water Polo tough.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 18, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Trivia, Ken: "Ponderosa" could have been "Frontier". - The new HS was being built in 1962. I was a senior in Robert Ramsey's English class at EDUHS. There was an essay contest to name the new School. I wrote an essay stringing together Plymouth Rock, pilgrims, Davey Crocket, Daniel Boon, Sutter's Fort . . . Aerojet and JFK's "New Frontier". According to Mr. Ramsey mine was the best essay. For some "political" reason the Board gave it to Mike Rondas' "Pondersoa" essay about some stupid tree. You guys should have been the Frontiersmen.

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