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).
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.