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Toy paces DHS at Lou Bronzan event

By December 26, 2010

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BRENTWOOD — As they sharpen their skills in preleague tournaments, six Davis High wrestlers competed in the recent Lou Bronzan Wrestling Invitational.

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The Blue Devils were led by senior Philip Toy (113 pounds), who placed fourth. More than 50 schools participated in the annual tournament.

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After defeating R. J. Dilag of Sacred Heart and Chris Lopez of Pioneer, Toy advanced to the semifinals, where the DHS grappler lost to Vincent Luis of Rancho Cotate.

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Deep in the medal rounds, Toy split his next two matches — first pinning Johnny Zamarini (Liberty High), then losing by decision to Tommy Yozzo (Amador Valley).

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“He\’s having a record DHS season,” Devil head coach Ty Brown explained. “(He\’s) consistently placing high in every tournament.”

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Brown also praised Scott Derby, who Brown calls his “141-pound star-in-the-making.”

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After losing his first match, Derby earned two pins in a row against Richardo Camarena of Andrew Hill High and Saul Zelaya of San Leandro.

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Then, leading decisively in his next match, the junior seemed destined to advance to the second day, reports Brown.

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“But, one mistake, in the final round, doomed (Derby) as he lost by pin,” the coach added.

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Building off a second-place finish at Whitney High last week, Derby has “relentless energy and new-found confidence,” according to Brown.

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Blair Kittle and Andy Schmidl also wrestling well, according to their coach.

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Kittle, a senior but a first-year wrestler, “yearns for knowledge,” Brown continues.

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Schmidl, a sophomore, is turning the corner. Will Glaeser and Navid Fani also represented DHS and, according to Brown, are developing “ahead of schedule.”

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With a young team, Brown plans to send his inexperienced varsity wrestlers to a range of tournaments from junior varsity to tough two-day meets like the Bronzan.

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Up next, the Blue Devils travel to Johnson High on Wednesday for the No Guts, No Glory meet.

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Enterprise staff

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