Pinning down PVL?

Colfax gears up for tough league wrestling race two years after winning its lone title
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Service
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Two years removed from the first league wrestling championship in school history, are the Colfax Falcons gifted and deep enough in 2009 to try and make a run at another Pioneer Valley League crown? “It’s going to be a very competitive, tough league,” Colfax coach Jerry Sinkey said of this season’s PVL race, which gets under way this week. “We’ve got a young team with some veterans sprinkled in that are all working hard. “We’re hoping that we can be in the thick of things.” Sinkey, beginning his fifth season at the helm of the Colfax wrestling program and with over 30 years’ experience coaching in the sport, sees a wide-open race this season with defending champion Placer rating a slight edge over the rest of the PVL field. “You have to tab Placer as an early favorite with quite a few athletes returning, but I think that Colfax, El Dorado, Lincoln and Mesa Verde all will have strong numbers,” Sinkey said. “You don’t want to overlook Bear River and Whitney either.” Sinkey hopes the tough preseason slate the Falcons just completed will carry over to league action, which opens for Colfax Thursday in Placerville against El Dorado. The Falcons were one weight class away from a second-place showing at this past weekend’s Granite Bay Tournament. “One weight class was the difference between going 4-1 or 2-3 at Granite Bay,” the coach said. “The kids did a good job, though, but we’re probably going to move a wrestler or two around when league starts to help out.” Thus far this season, Colfax has posted preseason tourney dual wins over the likes of Rosemont, Wooster of Reno, Clovis North, and Bear River. Sinkey has a core of returning varsity wrestlers that he hopes will set the tone in 2009. Leading the way are 171-pounder Kale Orrmons, who is 20-6 this season, and section meet returnee Joe Procopio at 125 pounds. “Kale is working hard and doing a great job,” Sinkey said. “Joe has section experience, which should really pay off for him this season.” Sinkey is also counting on the likes of Tyler Rios (18-7) at 103 pounds, Anthony Garcia at 119 and Joe Petersen (14-9) at 145 pounds to provide more dept to the Falcons’ ladder. “Tyler, Anthony and Joe are all very capable of big things this season,” Sinkey said. “All three are wrestling well right now.” In addition, first year wrestler Robin Proffitt is showing good promise in the heavyweight division. Alex Chaney at 130 pounds and 215-pounders Dan Lordier and David Halloran should also be in the picture for the Falcons. “We have our experienced wrestlers but at the same time we’re going to need some new faces to step up and make an impact,” Sinkey said. “It should be an exciting season.”