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106: Justin Mejia, Clovis, dec. Chris Lacayo, Santiago, 5-3
113: Matt Gamble, Monache, dec. Robert Garcia, Selma, 4-3
120: Israel Saavedra, Modesto, dec. Gionn Peralta, Vacaville, 5-4
126: Michael Knoblauch, Clovis West, dec. Mason Pengilly, Porterville, 8-6
132: Zahid Valencia, St. John Bosco, pins Wyatt Wyckoff, Paradise, 2:53
138: Emilio Saavedra, Modesto, dec. Chris Longo, Santiago, 5-4
145: Niko Villarreal, Gilroy, dec. Chris Garcia, Clovis West, 11-6
152: Paul Fox, Gilroy, dec. PJ Klee, Cardinal Newman, 3-1
160: Colt Doyle, Poway, dec. Kaleio Romero, Oakmont, 8-5
170: Anthony Valencia, St. John Bosco, maj. dec. Bryce Martin, Bakersfield, 14-4
182: Nick Fiegener, Folsom, dec. Corey Griego, Sultana, 5-2
195: Ian Baker, La Costa Canyon, dec. Ritchie Ybarra-Brandt, Liberty-Madera Ranchos, 7-5
220: Jeramy Sweany, Vacaville, dec. Gabriel Gonzalez, Washington Union, 2-1
HWT: Nick Nevills, Clovis, pins Nour Abdullatif, Eastvale-Roosevelt, 2:36
UPDATED, 11:07 p.m.: Sorry, I've obviously been running around on deadline here. I tried to update on Twitter as much as possible, but here's what I remember from each of the finals I missed on the blog (and there were a couple I didn't see much of, so bear with me):
152: Tight, hard-fought battle between PJ Klee of Cardinal Newman and Paul Fox of Gilroy. There were two keys: Fox rode out Klee for the entire second period, and then, after his escape for a 1-0 lead in the third, he got a controversial takedown to more or less seal victory with 10 seconds left. From my angle on the arena floor, it was difficult to tell if Fox had enough control of Klee to warrant a takedown, but Klee sure didn't think so, and he let the referee, his coaches and everyone in the crowd know it. He escaped and then couldn't take Fox down in the final seconds (which, by the way, he would have had to even if the takedown hadn't been called), and Fox was the winner. C'est la vie for Klee, I suppose, but it was a tough one to swallow for the two-time New Jersey state champion.
160: Speaking of tough to swallow, Oakmont's Kaleio Romero nearly had a dramatic cradle to win this match with nearfall or even a pin of Poway's Colt Doyle, but Doyle rolled through it and instead ended up with a reversal to seal an 8-5 win. It was a match full of long bouts of not much action interrupted by flurries from both guys, especially in a wild third period. Ultimately, a two-point nearfall early in the third period put Doyle in control.
170: Anthony Valencia is so good that he tries to find ways to entertain himself, and the crowd. He showed all of that in a 14-4 victory over Bryce Martin. There was early control, then some spectacular takedowns and then some more showy moves that almost got him in trouble. Every time it looked like Martin was going to end up with his own points, though, Valencia skipped away with his lightning quickness. In the end, I thought Martin wrestled him fair, but Valencia is in a class of his own right now.
Several residences were evacuated after a woman found a grenade under a trailer in the driveway of her Oildale residence.
A McKittrick man was killed Saturday morning in a crash on Highway 58 about five miles west of Lokern Road.
We're live blogging the action from the 2014 March Meet at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway, where nitromethane-powered Funny Cars and Top Fuel dragsters reign supreme. On Friday, we saw two quick runs down the quarter-mile track with Dan Horan racing to a 5.66 second effort in Funny Car, while New York's Tony Bartone finished out the day in Top Fuel with a 5.63. Follow our photos, videos and Tweets from the track throughout the weekend.
UPDATED, 3:29 p.m.: Here are team scores headed into the finals, plus the finals matchups and the third-through-eighth place-winners at each weight:
Kern County sheriff's deputies from the Kern Valley substation served a search warrant at a home in Lake Isabella Thursday and found stolen property from a recent burglary plus firearms, authorities said.
WATER CONFAB: Is this historic statewide drought serious enough for local officials to consider the possibility of water rationing in Bakersfield? No. Bakersfield's extensive Kern River and Isabella Lake water rights are keeping such drastic measures at bay. But the situation is dire enough for the city Water Board to have planned a water conservation forum Thursday at City Hall.
UPDATED, 12:56 a.m.: So, obviously things got crazy there at the end of the night, but I'm back — hope you were able to check out our special BVarsity Live show tonight where coach Al Fontes of The California Wrestler broke down all the state brackets for us. If you didn't, a list of all of the semifinal matchups is below. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. this morning with what I call the Cinderella round — winners are guaranteed a state medal, losers go home empty-handed. The semifinals then start at 9:30 a.m. Championships are 7:15 tonight. I'll start a new live blog in the morning. Time for sleep.
Deputies found an elaborate indoor marijuana garden inside a mobile home Thursday morning in Rosamond and seized 330 marijuana plants.
The promotion of Lt. Diana Burnett was announced Thursday by the Shafter Police Department.
An Amtrak passenger whose suitcase was allegedly full of pot and cash never made it out of the Bakersfield station Tuesday, after a police service dog detected the drugs in his luggage.
The 3rd Annual Trout Fishing Derby will by held Saturday by the Bakersfield City Firefighters Relief Organization to raise money for several community nonprofits.
The Kern High School District and its teachers union reached a tentative contract agreement Wednesday that would include the first on-schedule salary raise for teachers since pre-recession years, according to an email obtained by The Californian Thursday.