SANTA ROSA • The Victor Valley College wrestling team was already guaranteed two state placers at the CCCAA Wrestling Championship, but neither of the Rams left Santa Rosa College as an individual champion on Saturday.
Ryan McWatters — the state's top ranked 174-pounder — finished third, and Ray Delgado ended up fourth. Both wrestlers reached the semifinals and lost.
McWatters fell behind 8-3 after the first period of his semifinal match against Sierra College's Dylin Rodriguez. He battled back to tie it in the third, but gave up a late takedown to lose 13-11.
McWatters, a freshman who graduated from Sultana, knocked off Bakersfield College's Lance Castaneda 8-2 in a consolation match and finished third when his opponent in the placing match injury defaulted.
Delgado's semifinal match ended a little more quickly when Austin Wulfert pinned him in the first period. Delgado came back to decision Sacramento City College's Nathan Monck 8-4, and then was pinned in the first period of the third-place match by Fresno City College's Junior Davila.
It's the third time in four years that VVC had more than one placer at the state championship and the sixth year in a row with at least one.
Both McWatters and Delgado qualified to the CIF State Championship in each of their last two years in high school. Delgado — who wrestled at Oak Hills — placed sixth last year and finished in the top 12 as a junior. McWatters finished in the top 16 in February and won a match in 2010.
VICTOR VALLEY COLLEGE 69, COMPTON COLLEGE 62: At Los Angeles, Genia Johnson had a double-double, posting 26 points and 15 rebounds to help the Rams advance to the consolation championship of the Los Angeles Valley College Tournament.
Patrice Marshall added six points and five assists for VVC (4-4), which play Riverside City College for the consolation title today.
COMPTON COLLEGE (62)
Sanchez 18, Carmody 17, Surles 12, Trunnell 5, Robinson 4.
VICTOR VALLEY COLLEGE (69)
Johnson 26, Mease 9, Ingram 8, Pele 6, C. Trujillo 6, Marshall 6, Martinez 5, Zamudio 3.
Halftime — Tied 28-28. 3-point field goals — Compton College 9 (Sanchez 4, Carmody 4, Surles); Victor Valley College 1 (Pele). Fouled out — Trunnell, Sanchez, Robinson (L).