BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Four wrestlers from Arvin are among nine Kern County qualifiers for the third CIF Girls Wrestling State Championships to be held Friday and Saturday in Lemoore.
Central Section champions to qualify included: Anissa Rodriquez of Chavez (98 pounds); and Angelica Llanes and Kassandra Castruita (126) of Arvin (103).
Other local state qualifiers: Miryam Guerra (98) and Leeza Tapia (235) of Arvin; Kaylene Cabral (108) of Delano; Alyrra Redday (146) of Bakersfield; and Juliana Arreola (154) and Breanna Johnson (189) of North.
In the first two years of the event, no Kern County wrestler has placed in the top eight.
Wrestling begins at 11 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, with championship matches scheduled for 6 p.m.
Masters on Saturday
Boys wrestlers in the Central Section continue their road to state Saturday at the section Masters meet at Visalia-Mount Whitney.
The top nine in each 12-man bracket advance to the state championships, March 1-2 in Rabobank Arena.
Thrity-six local wrestlers have qualified for Masters, including Yosemite Division champion Bryce Martin (170 pounds) of Bakersfield and Sierra/Sequoia Division champions Isaiah Hokit (113), Josh Hokit (126), Jose Robledo (182) and Sean Medley (220), all of Wasco. Medley is ranked No. 1 in the state at 220 pounds.
Wrestling begins at 9 a.m., with finals scheduled for 6 p.m.
Fisher to run for Cal Poly
Stockdale senior Connor Fisher, The Californian's Cross Country Runner of the Year, signed a letter of intent to run for Cal Poly last week.
Fisher won the Southwest Yosemite League title and Kern County Championships last fall. He also finished fifth in the Central Section Division I race at Woodward Park in Fresno in November before spraining an ankle during the state championship race.
Hosey signing NAIA
Bakersfield High running back James Hosey will sign with Briar Cliff College, an NAIA school in Sioux City, Iowa, next week.