There are not two more deserving men on the Bulldogs squad this year than Jordan Acquino & Anthony Hernandez. Their incredible accomplishments at State defy description. Much has been said, but the brackets speak for themselves. For Anthony, six straight wins, the match against Daxton Gordon of Brawley (#2 in the State), brought me to my feet more than once, and I was watching on my computer! The spotlight final was almost (almost) an afterthought. And Jordan, who's only loss was to the eventual State Champion, the lone Builldog at almost every meet in every prior year to never worry about making weight... often wrestling at a 10-15 pound disadvantage, because he was always lighter than the lowest weight class... you can only imagine the outcome if he had another year without givng up weight to his opponent!
Take a look at these brackets, and look at the men they had to wrestle through to succeed. Our congratulations to two of the finest wrestlers the Vacaville program has every produced!
SATURDAY, MARCH 07, 2015 7:20pm
ANTHONY HERNANDEZ STATE CHAMPION!
JORDAN ACQUINO TAKES 3rd !!
FRIDAY, MARCH 06, 2015 8:30pm
AN INCREDIBLE DAY FOR VACAVILLE... 2 MEDALISTS!
With only four wrestlers competing today, the Bulldogs once again showed the competition what we are capable of... after the first day of the CIF State Tournament was put to bed, our boys have lost only 4 matches, for a combined score of 13-4 ! Our lone freshman, Lawrence Saenz (2-2), after winning by pin over Gonzalez of Sanger, and getting a decision over Singh of James Logan, lost a heartbreaker to Abbas Khan of West Hills 2-0, and was eliminated. Mike
McCauley (3-2), who after losing a tight match to the number ONE
Heavyweight in California, Abe Ochoa, by a score of 3-1, dropped into Consolations, winning his first match, but just lost his last match tonight by pin to Christian Rebottaro of Monte
Vista Christian, ending his 2015 run for the podium.
Undefeated at 4-0, both Jordan Acquino and Anthony Hernandez, are heading into the SEMIFINALS tomorrow... and are guaranteed a podium finish of at least 6th place. Jordan, currently ranked #5 in the State, has already convincingly beat #7 Dexter Viengvilay 7-0, and #12 Bryce Morita of Clovis West 2-1, now faces top-ranked Freshman Cade Olivas from St John Bosco, the man to beat, who has claimed pretty much every tournament he has entered this year. Anthony, currently ranked #6, is set to meet #2 Daxton Gordon of Brawley, who has also been on a tear. The winner will be happy to know that #1 ranked Israel Saavedra of Modesto, a two-time State Champion, hoping to have a third Championship, lost focus and got pinned in the Quarters, dropping into Consolation. At State anything can happen!
You can follow the action by heading to TrackWrestling tomorrow at 9am to follow the action on the DashBoard, or watch the live feed. Both men will wrestle soon after 9:30am, Jordan obviously wrestling first as they move through the weights. This has been a truly historic first day performance by our Bulldogs, getting Vacaville within reach of the top ten, 4 men achieving today what previous Bulldog teams have done with 10 or more men competing!
MASTERS (final): BULLDOG'S SENDING FOUR TO BAKERSFIELD!
Bulldogs had a tough time in Stockton Friday, their ranks cut in half before the last whistle blew. Those left in the hunt battled back with fierce determination today, with all in consolation fighting back to try to punch their ticket to Bakersfield. This year, the Sac-Joaquin Section lost one wrestler per weight class, qualifying only the top 6 finishers to State, as compared to the top 7 in past years. Jordan Acquino (106) was the lone Bulldog in the Championship finals, taking home the gold with a 4-2 decision over Christian Ramos of Benicia, and finishing the 2015 Masters at 5-0.
Lawrence Saenz (120) at 5-1, and Anthony Hernandez (126) at 6-1, both clawed back through the consolations, ending up on the top of the consolation bracket, finishing in 3rd place. Mikey
McCauley (285) lost his final match to finish 4th with a record of 4-2, giving the Bulldogs a total of four wrestlers heading to Bakersfield. Other Bulldog grapplers who made the trip were Cole Tigert (182) who finished at 3-2, Zach Meyers (195), Judson Sweany (152) & Jesse Johnson (160) all finished the tournament at 2-2, James Probis (170) & Jake Levengood (220) finished 1-2. and Alex Myers (113) at 0-2. The Bulldogs team score placed them in 7th overall.
year in California, nearly 20,000 High School kids, over 1400 wrestlers per weight class, start another
year of competition, more than any other State in the Country. To a
man, they all share the same dream... to make it through the tortuous
post-season, where any two losses can & will end your season, to make it to Bakersfield, to the CIF State Wrestling Championships.
Wrestling is the pinnacle of High School sports, and only those with
exceptional determination, talent, and discipline have a shot to make it
to the "Big Show", to be one of the top 40 wrestlers in the State. Keep in mind that California
is one of only three "single-class state tournaments" in the Nation. There is only one state champion, not 3 or 4 (or more) like most states. To
make it to Bakersfield is a nationally recognized honor, one that they
will indeed remember for the rest of their lives. Any success they might achieve during the tournament is but icing on the cake.
If you have been thinking of making the trip to the CIF State Tournament, it is not too late. Tickets are available at the door, and there are always plenty of excellent seats available. You can choose any seat available for all rounds with the exception of the spotlight FINALS on Saturday evening. Hotel rooms are always available, pricing is reasonable. Each year some Bulldog fans who don't want to make the drive hop on the train, and enjoy the trip down a bit more than those of us who choose to drive... and, the Amtrak station in Bakersfield is just a block from Rabobank Arena.
The action starts this Friday, March 6th, at 9am. Think about it!
BULLDOGS HEADED TO STATE: FINAL MASTERS BRACKETS: Jordan Acquino 106 1st 5-0 2015-Masters-Brackets-Final.pdf
Lawrence Saenz 120 3rd 5-1
Anthony Hernandez 126 3rd 6-1 Mike McCauley 285 4th 4-2
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 10:30 pm
BULLDOGS ALL HEADED TO MASTERS!
The Bulldogs put in a strong showing today, finishing up in 2nd place overall just behind Elk Grove, with all of our wrestlers making the cut, advancing to the Masters Tournament in Stockton next weekend! Top Dogs Jordan Acquino (106), Lawrence Saenz (120), Zach Meyers (195), and Mikey McCauley (heavyweight) all finished on top of their weight classes, bringing home 4 championships.
Just like last week, an even dozen of the boys (who all placed 8th or better) will move on to
the Masters Tournament next week at the Stockton Arena. Action will
start at 9am next Friday, February 27th, and conclude on Saturday. Our Masters tournament is what places all of the kids in California on
the same footing, no matter the size of the town or High School they
wrestle for. The top seven finishers will advance on to the CIF State Tournament in Bakersfield. Plan
on attending to support the Dogs! Stockton in only an hour away, and
the Stockton Arena is truly one of the finest venues for wrestling in
California, and for many, the first taste of the epic postseason events, and a preview of the "Big Show" in Bakersfield on March 6th-7th.
BULLDOGS HEADED TO MASTERS:
Jordan Acquino 106 1st
Alex Myers 113 5th
Lawrence Saenz 120 1st
Anthony Hernandez 126 3rd
Will Dietrich 132 8th
Judson Sweany 152 4th
Jesse Johnson 160 3rd
James Probis 170 5th
Cole Tigert 182 5th
Zach Meyers 195 1st
Jake Levengood 220 6th
Mike McCauley 285 1st
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015 9:30 pm
BULLDOGS BRING HOME THE GOLD! (again...)
The Bulldogs once again dominated the MEL Championships today, bringing
home yet another team banner, as well as 6 individual champions, with 9
wrestlers in the finals. This makes ten straight under Coaches Wight
& Birch, and the 48th in school history... consider that Vacaville is currently wrestling it's 54th season! Congratulations go out to Jordan Acquino, who was named the 2015 MEL "Wrestler of the Year".
An even dozen of the boys (placing 4th or better) will move on to Divisionals next week at McNair High School in Stockton. Action will start at 10am next Friday, February 20th, and conclude on Saturday.
BULLDOGS MOVING ON: Jordan Acquino 106 1st
Alex Myers 113 1st
Lawrence Saenz 120 1st
Anthony Hernandez 126 1st
Will Dietrich 132 3rd
Judson Sweany 152 2nd
Jesse Johnson 160 1st
James Probis 170 2nd
Cole Tigert 182 3rd
Zach Meyers 195 3rd
Jake Levengood 220 2nd
Mike McCauley 285 1st
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015 8:20 am
Sac-Joaquin Dual Banner elusive again...
Bulldogs failed to make it to the Sac-Joaquin Duals Finals for the first time in years, after easily getting by Tokay 61-12, but then lost a heart breaker to perennial runner-up Elk Grove 38-19. Coach Wight probably summed it up best with “We’ve been in
the finals of thistournament since 1994. For 20 years we had a pretty
good run.” Vacaville has 19 Division I team dual titles in its history. The
Bulldogs lost to Folsom 34-25 in last year’s final, but won the previous
four straight before that. “We’re a young team and we know we would have growing pains, but we wanted to compete and do well.”
will have another chance against the same field of wrestlers when the MASTERS
Tournament convenes in Stockton in three weeks. But tonight marks the end of another team dual season, and next week the post season begins for individual wrestlers at the MEL Championships hosted this year by Napa High School. Action will start at 9am Saturday the 14th... be there to support the Dogs!
The following week (Friday the 20th) we will journey to the
Sac-Joaquin IAA Divisionals at McNair High School in Stockton. Plan on being there to support the boys as their journey continues towards the CIF State Finals in Bakersfield.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015 11:00 pm
Vacaville bags their 9th straight PUMA CLASSIC title!
And we do it again! Bulldogs continued their
dominance over the PUMA CLASSIC by locking up their 9th consecutive team
trophy tonight, a record dating back to 2007. The Dogs ran up 186.5 team points to capture first. We had three
Bulldogs taking top honors, with eleven men placing overall.
Another great job!
BULLDOG PLACERS: TOP DOGS: Jordan Acquino, Zach Myers, Mike McCauley 3rd PLACE: Lawrence Saenz, Cole Tigert, Jake Levengood 6th PLACE: Ryan Ortiz, Jesse Johnson 7th PLACE: Diego Camilli, Judson Sweany, James Probis
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014 9:04 pm
THE 51st LARRY NELSON TOURNAMENT IS IN THE BOOKS!
Thanks to the many volunteers who came together this weekend to pull off yet another Larry Nelson Tournament, the 51st version of the longest running tournament in California. Our Bulldogs (as usual) put on a spectacular display, finishing the weekend with a 6-1 record, falling only to Benicia, who brought a very strong squad this year. The Panthers upended a young Bulldog squad in the final match of the tourney, winning the dual 40-22, and running away with the top prize this year.
Anthony Hernandez started off his senior year with an 7-0 record, finishing with the best overall record, making the All-Tourney squad.
Also undefeated was junior Mikey McCauley at 5-0. Sharing top honors with Anthony & Mike, all with 6-1 records, were fellow seniors Jordan Acquino and Jesse Johnson, junior Alex Meyers, and an awesome performance by freshman Lawrence Saenz!. Other top Bulldog wrestlers were Cole Tigert (5-1) and Jake Levengood (4-2). Go Dogs!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014 8:45 pm
CALIFORNIA PRE-SEASON RANKINGS...
Take a look at the pre-season rankings going into the 2014-15 season. Take special note of the top wrestlers at 106 pounds and
at 126 pounds, and you might see some familiar faces! GO DOGS! Just hit the following link:
The 51st Annual LARRY NELSON Tournament is just around the corner!
plan on being there... Friday, December 5th & Saturday Dec 6th
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014 10:15 pm
BULLDOGS finish CIF STATE in the TOP FIVE... Again!
Jeramy Sweany is Vacaville's first TWO-TIME STATE CHAMPION,
and Gionn Peralta is our first FOUR-TIME STATE MEDALIST!
Jeramy & Gionn have such incredible talent and drive, that they somehow make it look easy. But It is the culmination of years & years of effort and hard, hard work, and that fierce determination to be the very best. They provided an incredible finish to a very successful state tournament, preserving Vacaville's position in 5th place, it's seventh "Top 5" finish, and for the first time ever, back-to-back Top 5 finishes, after finishing in 3rd place last year.
Jeramy (220) finished off his final trip to state with a perfect 6-0 record, Gionn (120) finished 5-1, Anthony Hernandez (126) won his final match to lock up 7th Place with a record of 6-2, and Hayden Fry (145) ended the meet in the Top Twelve with a record of 4-2. Other Bulldogs, many who will get another crack at it next year added points to the Vacaville total: Jordan Acquino (106) finished 1-2, Bobbie Ehman (132) ended up 2-2, and Steven Gomez (195) & Mike McCauley (285) both finished 0-2.
CIF STATE TOURNAMENT (day one): BULLDOG'S IN 6th PLACE!
The first day of the state tournament is as tough as it gets, and today was no exception. We started the day with eight Bulldogs, and ended up Day 1 in Bakersfield in a solid sixth place (58 points), with 4 men left. A good number of those points came from some of our wrestlers who didn't survive the day. Make no mistake, High School wrestling is a TEAM sport. Heading into Saturday's semi-finals with two still alive in the championship round, Gionn Peralta & Jeramy Sweany led the way with 4-0 records, some matches were not slam dunks, but
the ride was thrilling. Also still alive are Anthony Hernandez & Hayden Fry in the Top Twelve, with their sites set on finishing in 3rd.
We applaud the efforts of Jordan Acquino (108), Bobby Ehman (134), Stevie Gomez (197), and Mikey McCauley (HWT) whose seasons ended today. The final results will be posted tomorrow night when the lights go out, but all day one match results are posted below: STATE BRACKETS:2014 STATE BRACKETS Day1.pdf
THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014 9:00 pm
LIVE FEED from the STATE Tournament in Bakersfield...
Tony will be streaming the Bulldog matches LIVE starting tomorrow morning at 9am from the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
This will be another BULLDOG first! Just hit the following link and follow the action!
DOMINATION! Vaca High finished on top of the team standings for the third straight year, and for the 7th time in eight years, leaving all challengers in the dust. The Bulldogs ran away with the team trophy in the end, amassing 210 points, easily out distancing Folsom, in 2nd place with 163 points. Bulldog wrestlers put on a solid performance, capturing 3 championships, 2 runners-up, and three 4th place finishers. The following Bulldogs have punched their tickets to Bakersfield:
Gionn Peralta 120 2nd
Anthony Hernandez 126 1st
Bobby Ehman 132 4th
Hayden Fry 145 2nd
Stevie Gomez 182 4th
Jeramy Sweany 220 1st
Mike McCauley 285 4th FINAL TEAM SCORES 2014-SJS-Masters-Team-Scores-Final.pdf
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014 10:05 pm
MASTERS (day one):
BULLDOG'S IN FIRST PLACE! (but FOLSOM very close behind!)
As expected, our
Bulldogs ended up Day 1 in Stockton on top of the team race with 100 points, but 2nd place Folsom is very close behind at 95.5 points, and Del Oro a distant third with 66.5 points. Vacaville started the day with 13 wrestlers, 2 more than the closest competitor (yes, Folsom!). At this point, starting at 9am tomorrow morning, 10 Dawgs are still very much alive, with 5 headed into the Semi's... Jordan Acquino (108), Gionn Peralta (122), Anthony Hernandez (128),
Hayden Fry (147), and Jeramy
Sweany (220) all posted 3-0 records for the day. The other 5 Bulldogs wrestling with only one loss are Bobby Ehman (134), Matt Brazet (140), Quintin Cardoza (162), Stevie Gomez (197), and Mikey McCauley (HWT).
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 6:05 pm
VACAVILLE BULLDOG'S RUN CONTINUES... DOGS take their 21st straight CHAMPIONSHIP at the Sac-Joaquin IAA Divisionals today.
Bulldogs continue to exert their dominance over the Sac-Joaquin Section, with 10 Bulldog wrestlers wrestling in the Divisional Finals, and 5 coming away with titles. Bobby Ehman (134 pounds),
Hayden Fry (147), Quintin Cardoza (162), Steven Gomez (195) and Jeramy
Sweany (220) all posted 4-0 records for a first place finish. Jordan
Aquino (108), Gionn Peralta (122), Anthony Hernandez (128), Eric Uldall
(154) and Mike McCauley (285) all ended up second. The Bulldogs will send 13 wrestlers on to the MASTERS
Tournament in Stockton next weekend (just six days from now!) Keep in mind that those other Bulldogs from FOLSOM will be there, eager to earn another unlikely upset! Action will start at 9am Friday the 28th at the
Stockton Arena... plan on attending to support the Dogs! Stockton in only an hour away, and the Stockton Arena is truly one of the finest venues for wrestling in California.
Every year in California, over 1400 wrestlers per weight class start another year of competition, more than any other State in the Country. To a man, they all share the same dream... to make it through the tortuous post-season, where any two losses can & will end your season. Wrestling is the pinnacle of High School sports, and only those with exceptional determination, talent, and discipline have a shot to make it to the "Big Show", to be one of the top 40 wrestlers in the State, to advance to the CIF State Tournament in Bakersfield. Keep in mind that California is one of the only "single-class state tournaments" in the Nation. To make it to Bakersfield is a nationally recognized honor, one that they will indeed remember for the rest of their lives. Any success they might achieve during the tournament is but icing on the cake.
Our Masters tournament next week is what places all of our boys on the same footing, no matter the size of the town or High School they wrestle for. The top seven finishers will advance on to CIF State. For
all those interested in joining the team at State, there are always
plenty of tickets available, the costs are reasonable. Especially those
with young wrestlers should make the commitment to attend, so our young
Bulldogs can see why we work so hard, and just what it looks like to
reach the pinnacle of wrestling in California! It is truly an
impressive event for everyone.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 201411:30 pm
BULLDOGS BRING HOME THE GOLD!
The Bulldogs once again dominated the MEL Championships today, bringing home another team banner, as well as 9 individual champions, with 12 wrestlers in the finals. This makes nine straight under Coaches Wight & Birch, and the 47th in school history.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014 8:20 pm
Fifth Consecutive Sac-Joaquin Dual Banner was not in the cards tonight...
The Bulldogs made it to the Sac-Joaquin Duals Final tonight by easily dispatching Tokay 60-15, and then following up with a convincing 33-18 victory over Elk Grove earlier in the day. Unfortunately the Folsom Bulldogs had their moment tonight, overcoming Vacaville 34-25. Our boys will have a chance to make things right in three weeks at the MASTERS Tournament in Stockton. Action will start at 9am Friday the 28th at the Stockton Arena... plan on being there to support the Dogs!
Next week the post-season begins, with the MEL Championships at Armijo High School. The following week we will journey to the Sac-Joaquin IAA Divisionals at Johansen High School in Modesto.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014 11:14 pm
Vacaville bags their 8th straight PUMA CLASSIC title!
The Bulldogs extended their dominance over the PUMA CLASSIC by locking up their 8th consecutive team trophy tonight, a record dating back to 2007. The Dogs have used this tournament as a tune-up for the post season, and if this year's performance is predictive, things are looking good. We had five Bulldogs taking top honors, seven in the finals, and ten men placing. Great job!
Jordan Acquino 106 1st
Gionn Peralta 120 1st
Alex Meyers 120 5th
Anthony Hernandez 126 1st
Kyle Moore 132 4th
Brayden Merrick 145 2nd
Eric Uldall 152 2nd
Hayden Fry 160 1st
Zachary Myers 182 5th
Jeramy Sweany 220 1st
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014 10:10 am
DIVISION lAA Tournament location has been changed
The Sac-Joaquin Section has changed the location of our Divisional tournament. It will now be held at Johansen High School in Modesto. The date & starting time remain the same.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014 5:17 pm
Clovis/Buchanan Duals this weekend CANCELLED!
"Unfortunately, based on recent health issues that have arisen on our team this week, Clint and I feel it is in everyone’s best interest that we cancel this weekend’s dual meets. Without going into too much detail, we have discovered a health issue that we need to contain to our team."
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014 8:00pm
Vacaville takes 2nd at the prestigious Temecula "Battle for the Belt" Tournament!
Gionn Peralta (113) & Jeramy Sweany (220) paced the Bulldogs, taking top honors in the Championship Round. Gionn won with a decisive 8-2 decision over JJ Figueroa of Bakersfield. Jeramy followed up with a pin at 1:31 (first round) over Miracle Tausaga of Mt Miguel to solidify the Bulldogs position in 2nd Place, finishing only 9.5 points shy of Poway for the overall team title. Go DAWGS!
BULLDOG PLACERS: TEMECULA BRACKETS Jordan Acquino 106 5th Temecula.pdf
Gionn Peralta 113 1st
Anthony Hernandez 120 3rd
Hayden Fry 145 4th
Steven Gomez 195 5th
Jeramy Sweany 220 1st