While no Davis High wrestlers moved on to the second day, three Blue Devils stood out in Saturday’s Tim Brown Memorial tournament at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento.
Seniors Elias LoBuono-Gonzalez (124 pounds) and Bailey Murray (285) both enjoyed quality performances for DHS, while freshman Ismael Perez (195) emerged as an improving wrestler for the Devils, according to coach Ty Brown.
“(Perez is) in a weight class dominated by primarily juniors and seniors that are a little more physically mature and developed,” Brown explained. “This tournament was a building block for him. He’s going to be a big star for us.”
While Perez and Murray each finished 2-2, LoBuono-Gonzalez was the closest to advancing in the tournament, posting a 3-2 record while agonizingly losing the two matches by two total points.
“The kid is right there,” Brown said. “We’re really, really working to find a way to turn the tide to swing those matches in our favor.”
LoBuono-Gonzalez’s twin brother Adrian was held out for the fourth consecutive event while he tries to recover from a rib cartilage injury.
“I hate to use the word ‘hurt,’ ” Brown said. “We’re just being a little more cautious because it’s late in the season. It’s more vital for him to be ready Feb. 15 (the date of the Delta Valley Conference Championships).”
Davis is 2-1 in league matchups and returns to action Wednesday against Monterey Trail in Elk Grove.
“They’ve got a great program out there,” Brown said of the Mustangs. “We’re going to have to bring our ‘A’ game like we do every Wednesday.”