Gridley High School’s up-and-coming stars showed their stuff at the 10th Annual Christopher Savedra Memorial Tournament in Wheatland. Junior Dakota Sisk (160 pounds) and sophomore Connor Anderson (119 pounds) both won their weight classes, and junior Sutton Hunter went 4-1 and took third place at 125 pounds.

Gridley High School’s up-and-coming stars showed their stuff at the 10th Annual Christopher Savedra Memorial Tournament in Wheatland. Junior Dakota Sisk (160 pounds) and sophomore Connor Anderson (119 pounds) both won their weight classes, and junior Sutton Hunter went 4-1 and took third place at 125 pounds.


Sisk had three pins and a technical fall.


Anderson had four pins, all but one coming in the first round, and was named Outstanding Wrestler. He also won the Doc Peterson Tournament earlier in the year.


The Bulldogs are struggling as a team this season, but are having some individual success and could be dangerous in the future.


Gridley lost their top two wrestlers from a year ago, Deniko Sisk and Spencer Anderson, to graduation.


Sisk qualified for the state tournament, and wrestled for part of this year at Shasta College.


Anderson wrestled for Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo this year.


It appears that their younger brothers are following in their footsteps. Head coach Brannon Byrne is expecting them to be section ranked wrestlers.


“Dakota’s a tough kid; he’s still got a lot to learn,” he said. “He has tremendous physical endurance. He can outlast you.”


Byrne said Anderson is extremely fast and just as strong for his 119-pound division.


“That kid’s a monster at 119 pounds,” he said. “He is the real deal. Truthfully, if Connor continues the way he’s going, he will be one of the best Gridley’s ever seen.”


Hunter is another young wrestler who is coming into his own this season, and his coaches are excited now that he’s got his first varsity wins under his belt.


Jessica Rubio was the top ranked girl in the state last year, and looks to keep that going this year at 132 pounds.


“That’s pretty impressive,” Byrne said. “There’s not a lot of girls that wrestle, but out of the ones that do, she’s really tough.”


Rubio competed in a tournament in Thousand Oaks this past weekend and won first place. She had three pins, with one of them coming in just 32 seconds.