BY TREVOR HORN
THE NATOMAS BUZZ | @natomasbuzz
STOCKTON – Jordan Sepeda and Natomas High School head wrestling coach Don Martinez have had a checklist for the 220-pound senior.
The first was to become a four-time Tri-County Conference champion. That was marked off two weeks ago in The Cage.
The next was to secure Sepeda’s first Sac Joaquin Section Division III title. That was taken care of last week at Foothill High School.
On Saturday, Sepeda knocked off another goal by winning his second section Master’s championship with a 4-2 decision over Josh Winters of Will C Wood High School to become the 220-pound champion.
“Four weeks ago we told Jordan there are four checklists,” Martinez said. “We have got one more (on the checklist) and we are pretty confident we will get it.”
Sepeda won the 189-pound title as a sophomore and took third in the section last season at 182 pounds.
He becomes the first two-time Master’s champion in school history.
“It feels really good that I checked one of my things off my list again and I have one more,” Sepeda said.
The No. 3 ranked 220-pounder in the state will compete in the state tournament March 1-2 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, seeking his first state title and just the second in school history.
Sepeda has qualified for the state championships all four years at Natomas High.
Ruben Escalante, the 120-pound junior from Inderkum, was a no-show to weigh-ins on Saturday morning at Master’s, according to section officials. Escalante was in contention to place at the tournament and qualify for the state competition. Neither Escalante nor Inderkum head coach August Wesley were present at the tournament Saturday.