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BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
106: Justin Mejia, Clovis, vs. David Campbell, Mission Oak
Chris Lacayo, Santiago, vs. Navonte Demison, Bakersfield
113: Durbin Lloren, Buchanan, vs. Matt Gamble, Monache
Robert Garcia, Selma, vs. Adrian Camposano, Central
120: Israel Saavedra, Modesto, vs. Yoshito Funakoshi, West Torrance
Gionn Peralta, Vacaville, vs. Evan Wick, San Marino
126: Johnny Parada, San Fernando, vs. Michael Knoblauch, Clovis West
Daniel Ruiz, Madera, vs. Mason Pengilly, Porterville
132: Julian Flores, San Marino, vs. Wyatt Wyckoff, Paradise
Zahid Valencia, St. John Bosco, vs. Ruben Garcia, Selma
138: Mike Longo, Santiago, vs. Sergio Enloe, Poway
Uzo Owuama, Bloomington, vs. Emilio Saavedra, Modesto
145: Justin Thomas, Santiago, vs. Chris Garcia, Clovis West
Conner Francis, Buchanan, vs. Niko Villarreal, Gilroy
152: Nolan Kistler, ML King, vs. PJ Klee, Cardinal Newman
Joseph Granger, Rancho Buena Vista, vs. Paul Fox, Gilroy
160: Kaleio Romero, Oakmont, vs. Alexander Graves, San Marcos
Josh Hokit, Clovis, vs. Colt Doyle, Poway
170: Anthony Valencia, St. John Bosco, vs. Austin Flores, Clovis North
Matt Penyacsek, Gilroy, vs. Bryce Martin, Bakersfield
182: Johnny Beltran, Servite, vs. Nick Fiegener, Folsom
Nathan Morris, Larkspur-Redwood, vs. Corey Griego, Hesperia-Sultana
195: Ian Baker, La Costa Canyon, vs. Joey Banks, Franklin
Clayton Hartwell, James Logan, vs. Ritchie Ybarra-Brandt, Liberty-Madera Ranchos
220: Gabriel Gonzalez, Washington Union, vs. Victor Raigoza, Orland
Cortes Morales, Clovis West, vs. Jeramy Sweany, Vacaville
HWT: Nour Abdullatif, Eastvale-Roosevelt, vs. Chance Eskam, Carlsbad
Dominic Balmer, Woodcreek, vs. Nick Nevills, Clovis
And here are Day 1 team scores, with a small correction that what has been previously announced/printed (Bakersfield has 59 points, not 49, which puts the Drillers in sixth place): 1. Clovis 117; 2. Poway 78; 3. Clovis West 75.5; 4. Buchanan 75; 5. Gilroy 69.5; 6. Bakersfield 59; 7. Vacaville 58; 8. Santiago 54.5; 9. Folsom 48; 10. St. John Bosco 47; t11. Modesto, James Logan 39.5; 13. Calvary Chapel 36; 14. Sultana 35; t15. San Marino, Selma 31.
UPDATED, 8:10 p.m.: As warned, I've been running around the arena doing interviews and such, but I've caught enough of the quarterfinal round to know that it's already been a doozy. Bakersfield's Navonte Demison kicked it off with a scintillating 8-6 victory over state No. 2 David Gonzalez of San Dimas. Demison led 4-0 when Gonzalez reversed him to his back and tied the score, 4-4. Demison used an escape and another takedown to lead 7-4, only to have Gonzalez reverse him again. Gonzalez led Demison go but couldn't take him down in the final minute as the Drillers freshman held on to guarantee himself a state medal.
That was only the start: At 126, Adrian Camposano of Central and Vincent Elizalde of Brawley wrestled what just might have been the state championship here in the quarters — Elizalde was ranked No. 1, and Camposano was No. 1 last week before losing to JJ Figueroa in the Central Section Masters. The match went to double overtime at 1-1, and Elizalde was awarded a controversial point because officials ruled that Camposano pushed him out of the circle. But Elizalde couldn't get his escape in double OT, and Camposano did, tying the match at 2-2. Then, in ultimate tiebreaker, Camposano chose down and was able to escape again for the victory. Does that mean he'll back up his 106-pound state title from a year ago? We'll know in 24 hours or so, but for now, Camposano is back in the favorite's chair.
And, as if that weren't enough, Clovis' Khristian Olivas went to overtime with San Fernando's Johnny Parades minutes later at 132. Defending champion Parades, ranked No. 5, got the takedown to beat No. 4 Olivas.
And we just had yet anotehr OT match at 138, where Bloomington's Uzo Owuama got an escape to beat James Logan's Jacob Macalolooy.
More please. This is fun.
Quarterfinal results will be posted as I get them:
106: Justin Mejia, Clovis, pin Christian Ramos, Benicia, 4:29
David Campbell, Mission Oak, dec. Isaac Blackburn, Del Oro, 2-0
Chris Lacayo, Santiago, dec. Joey Cisneros, Redwood, 9-3
Navonte Demison, Bakersfield, dec. David Gonzalez, San Dimas, 8-6
113: Durbin Lloren, Buchanan, dec. Dean Parker, Corona-Centennial, 4-3
Matt Gamble, Monache, dec. Tristan Gilliland, Clovis, 4-2
Robert Garcia, Selma, dec. Devan Turner, Dixon, 3-2
Adrian Camposano, Central, dec. Vincent Elizalde, Brawley, 3-2 3OT
UPDATED, 7:18 p.m.: For those following local wrestlers, there are precious few left. The four in the quarterfinals, plus it looks like only two alive in the consolations: Foothill's Fern Perez at 113 and Liberty's Jake Maas at 160.
Still a few consolation heavyweight and 220 matches out there, but we're ready for quarterfinals. Top-ranked Justin Mejia of Clovis is scoreless with Christian Ramos of Benicia— but just took him down to his back. Late in the period. No pin, but three nearfall makes it 5-0.
Navonte Demison of Bakersfield taking on No. 2 David Gonzalez of San Dimas.
UPDATED, 6:53 p.m.: We're about 15 minutes from quarterfinals, I'd guess, as we work through this round of consolation. Winners here are in the final 16 in each weight, but they still need to win twice more — once tonight against a fellow consolation survivor, once tomorrow morning against a quarterfinal loser, to reach the state podium.
It looks like Liberty's Jake Maas is going to be one of those consolation survivors. He lost a close first match against Logan Wolfley of Pitman but has won three times since then after taking out Sobratos' Brandon Lefore 5-0 in this round.
Again, I hate it, but it happens every year — I've got newspaper duties first, and so live-blogging the quarters isn't really a huge priority because I've got to be running down to the arena level for interviews quite a bit. I will try to update quarterfinal results in every weight before the end of the night, but no guarantees — remember, we've got BVarsity Live coming up at 11 p.m., a live show where you can call in to talk state wrestling or ask coach Al Fontes of The California Wrestler a question. The number is (661) 395-7386.
UPDATED, 6:16 p.m.: We're into the third round of consolation, and Bakersfield's JJ Figueroa, ranked No. 3 in the state, looks like he might be bowing out early here. He's down 5-1 to Escondido's Dustin Miller late. He gets a reversal with seconds left, but time will run out on a 5-3 loss. Such a good weekend last week, and out early this week. Such is life at the state meet.
Here are the rest of the quarterfinal matchups. That round coming up in 45 minutes or so.
160: Kaleio Romero, Oakmont, vs. Bryan Salinas, Northview
Alexander Graves, San Marcos, vs. Aaron Negrette, Calvary Chapel
Josh Hokit, Clovis, vs. John Leal, Chico
Michael Lopez, Victor Valley, vs. Colt Doyle, Poway
170: Anthony Valencia, St. John Bosco, vs. Albino Orozco, Turlock
Brody Brand, Clovis, vs. Austin Flores, Clovis North
Seth Morales, Bonita, vs. Matt Penyacsek, Gilroy
Christian Smith, Rim of the World, vs. Bryce Martin, Bakersfield
182: Isaac Rangel, Firebaugh, vs. Johnny Beltran, Servite
Nathan Aragon, Chino Hills, vs. Nick Fiegener, Folsom
Alec Gamboa, Madera, vs. Nathan Morris, Redwood (NC)
Young Woo An, Buchanan, vs. Corey Griego, Sultana
195: Kai Dill, Buchanan, vs. Ian Baker, La Costa Canyon
Josh Bailey, Frontier, vs. Joey Banks, Franklin
Phillip O'Shea, Capistrano Valley, vs. Clayton Hartwell, James Logan
Ritchie Brandt, Liberty-Madera Ranchos, vs. Dylan Bollinger, Sultana
220: Gabriel Gonzalez, Washington Union, vs. Dominic Freeseha, Escondido
Victor Raigoza, Orland, vs. Cornelio Sanchez, Sanger
Daniel Pena, Birmingham, vs. Cortes Morales, Clovis West
Miguel Ruiz, Pioneer Valley, vs. Jeramy Sweany, Vacaville
HWT: Nour Abdullatif, Eleanor Roosevelt, vs. Jake Minshew, Casa Roble
Pablo Gonzalez, Ukiah, vs. Chance Eskam, Carlsbad
Dominic Balmer, Woodcreek, vs. Gary Miltenberger, Fremont
Anthony Florido, Downey, vs. Nick Nevills, Clovis
UPDATED, 5:25 p.m.: At 182, No. 2 Corey Griego of Sultana has his third first-period pin, this one in 32 seconds of Coalinga's Kobe Rosas. Griego has needed a grand total of 2:09 to pin his three opponents.
Now up at 195, Josh Bailey of Frontier, the No. 6, in a tough match with No. 12 Wyatt Paterson of Vista Murrieta. Near takedown for both guys in a scramble at the end of the period, but both play good defense and we go to the second scoreless. On the next mat, Joey Banks of Franklin has an early takedown on Willie Amen of Las Lomas. The winner of these two matches will wrestle. No. 4 Matt Weiss of Clovis is also out on the mat, ready to face No. 14 Phillip O'Shea of Capistrano Valley.
Escape for Bailey gives him a 1-0 lead in the second period. Another takedown for Davis, who leads 4-1, now 4-2 after an Amen escape. Takedown Davis for 6-2, and he's in control late in the first. Now a takedown for Bailey on the other mat makes it 3-0 for the Frontier wrestler.
Matt Weiss has a high single and trips O'Shea for a takedown and a 2-0 lead there. Ian Baker of La Costa Canyon, the No. 1 wrestler at 195, is through with a quick tech fall.
Back at 182, a big win for Buchanan's Young Woo An, the No. 12, who beat No. 6 Skyler Gonzalez of Rocklin.
An escape for Paterson before the end of the second against Bailey, and now another early in the third. Bailey's lead is down to 3-2. He's got more than a minute there still. Davis is in complete control, and Weiss is ahead 5-1 after another takedown. So all eyes on Bailey for the moment — and there's a takedown for a 5-2 lead. Bailey trying to get into a big quarterfinal with Davis.
Wait a minute, wait a minute — Weiss just got flipped. He slips out of O'Shea's grasp — but O'Shea now has a half-nelson, and he's got it tight. Pin! That's a big upset and a big turnaround. Matt Weiss is out, and he'll probably make some noise in the consolations, but this is not what he wanted.
Back on Bailey's mat, an escape for Paterson, but he's going to win 5-3. Make it 5-4 after a late stalling call. Still, that's four Kern County wrestlers in the quarterfinals.
Also at 195, No. 2 Cody Bollinger of Sultana is in control, up 10-4 on Sherman McVay of Oak Ridge. Three more nearfall for a 13-4 lead. James Logan's Christian Hartwell also won, so the top three wrestlers are through, plus Bailey and Davis. But Weiss has dropped down.
UPDATED, 5:06 p.m.: A couple of significant results: No. 3 Emilio Saavedra of Modesto able to knock off No. 6 Luke Troy of Calvary Chapel at 138, and No. 3 Bryan Salinas of Northview takes out No. 9 Michael Wright of Dinuba, both by 3-1 scores.
Now we're into 170 pounds, where Anthony Valencia of St. John Bosco has just worked a quick pin of Arshdeep Dhanda of Dinuba to move into the quarterfinals. Bryce Martin will attempt to follow suit later in this round. Nice 5-4 win for Liberty's Jake Maas at 160, so he stays alive.
Also at 160, No. 2 Freddie Garcia of Santiago is about to drop out of the hunt for a title. He's down 7-0 to Poway's Colt Doyle. He just got a reversal to make it 7-2, but the match is going to end that way. Nice win for Doyle and the Poway Titans. I believe Garcia is the first top-two wrestler to go down, but I'm not positive on that.
At 170, Clovis NOrth's Austin Flores holding onto a 3-2 lead against another Poway wrestler, No. 10 Chris Bailey of Poway. There's less than a minute left there and they're in neutral. Bailey needs the takedown to stay alive. 30 seconds. Not a whole lot of urgency from Chris BAiley. He's going down, 3-2 to Flores, who moves into the quarters. He'll face a familiar foe in Clovis' Brody Brand, who has an 8-3 lead in the third period against Stone Escobedo of Fountain Valley. No. 3 Matt Penyacsek of Gilroy is 2-2 in his 170 match with Ryker Coppa of Marina. He escapes for a 3-2 lead in the second period and now has a takedown for 5-2. Now Penyascek working on a turn. And there's the pin, at 3:30. Penyascek of Gilroy into the quarters to face Seth Morales of Bonita, who beat No. 7 Will Sumner of Nevada.
Brand wins 13-4. Here comes Bryce Martin, wrestling Kolton Martin of Eureka. Both guys trying some throws and heavy up top, but no score in the first. Bryce Martin down in the second. He might have to sweat more than he wants to here, but we'll see if he gets going. A lightning granby for the reversal and a 2-0 lead. He lets Kolton Martin go for 2-1. Now a takedown for Martin and it's 4-1. Here's a tilt for three nearfall, and Bryce is rolling, 7-1. Another one, and what was a scoreless match after one is now 10-1 for Martin.
Bryce Martin up 13-1 and working on either a pin here or a tech fall. It's a pin, at 5:17. Started slow there, but Bryce into the quarters tonight.
145 quarters: Justin Thomas, Santiago, vs. Ralph Tovar, Poway
Chris Garcia, Clovis West, vs. Carter Armendariz, Temecula Valley
Conner Francis, Buchanan, vs. Gino Roman, El Dorado
Jared Hill, Clovis, vs. Niko Villarreal, Gilroy
152: Alex Garcia, Christopher, vs. Nolan Kistler, ML King
Cody Doyle, Poway, vs. PJ Klee, Cardinal Newman
Joseph Granger, Rancho Buena Vista, vs. Andrew Morgan, Fountain Valley
Kenneth Moore, San Diego-Hoover, vs. Paul Fox, Gilroy
UPDATED, 4:39 p.m.: Here are some more quarterfinal matchups. Sorry for the delay; had a radio spot to do and then got caught up by a few people. But we're back here for the last half of this round of 16. After this, it'll be a round of consolation, trying to become one of the final 16 alive in each weight class, then the quarterfinals running concurrently with one final round of consolation. That goes off at 7:30 p.m.
120 quarterfinals: Israel Saavedra, Modesto, vs. Carlos Herrera, Bakersfield
Yoshito Funakoshi, West Torrance, vs. Russell Rohlfing, Sonora
Roy Galvan, La Quinta, vs. Gionn Peralta, Vacaville
Jacob Donato, James Logan, vs. Evan Wick, San Marino
126: Johnny Parada, San Fernando, vs. Khristian Olivas, Clovis
Kristian Vasquez, ML King, vs. Michael Knoblauch, Clovis West
Zander Wick, San Marino, vs. Daniel Ruiz, Madera
Mason Pengilly, Porterville, vs. Eric Reyes, Beaumont
132: Josh Lazaro, Folsom, vs. Julian Flores, San Marino
Wyatt Wyckoff, Paradise, vs. Victor Olmos, Gilroy
Zahid Valencia, St. John Bosco, vs. Isaiah Hokit, Clovis
Ruben Garcia, Selma, vs. Matt Ontiveros, Central
138: Mike Longo, Santiago, vs. McCoy Kent, Enochs
Abel Contreras, Porterville, vs. Sergio Enloe, Poway
Uzo Owuama, Bloomington, vs. Jacob Macalolooy, James Logan
Joseph Domingez, St. John Bosco, vs. Emilio Saavedra, Modesto
UPDATED, 4:01 p.m.: Still working on 132 round-of-16 matches. Isaiah Hokit of Clovis has a big lead, 9-0 over Miguel Flores of San Ysidro, late in their match. Hokit would face Zahid Valencia next. No. 3 Matt Ontiveros of Central has a 3-0 lead on No. 9 Peter Cunningham of Calvary Chapel as they start the third period. Looks like Hokit won by that 9-0 score. Up at 138, state No. 1 Mike Longo of Santiago has a 9-2 lead late in the second period on Sutter's Matthew MInton.
Ontiveros was still up 3-0 late on Cunningham, but I missed the final score.
UPDATED, 3:51 p.m.: No. 1 Mason Pengilly of Porterville up 11-2 late in his 126-pound match, and following him on that mat will be No. 1 Zahid Valencia of St. John Bosco. Pengilly wins, 14-2, and now Valencia has won, with a quck takedown and pin in about a minute of Bakersfield's Arik Onsurez.
Also at 132, No. 4 Julian Flores of San Marino holds a 5-4 lead on No. 8 Nathan Cervantes of De La Salle. Winner here will be a big favorite in tonight's quarterfinals, so this could be for a medal right here. Flores shoots to stay aggressive, adn tehy go out of bounds. Now Cervantes running out of time. He shoots, but Flores is going to hang on to win here, 5-4.
UPDATED, 3:46 p.m.: Great action at 120, where No. 6 Yoshito Funakoshi of West Torrance just beat No. 5 Kimo Dial of Poway with a takedown in the final 20 seconds. He held on there for a 6-5 win. Also at 20, Jacob Donato of James Logan, with a one-minute pin, and Carlos Herrera of Bakersfield are through to the quarters, as is No. 1 Israel Saavedra of Modesto.
I'll try to put down quarterfinal matchups at each weight as we get all of the results; I'm not able to follow all of the results to get them to you sooner than that.
The quarterfinals are slated to start at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Unfortunately, live blog updates will be a little slow during that time because I've got to attend to newspaper duties.
No. 3 Evan Wick of San Marino is also into the quarterfinals at 120, as is Russell Rohlfing of Sonora.
Good one at 126 between No. 4 Khristian Olivas of Clovis and No. 7 Angel Velasquez of Modesto. It's scoreless through a period, and now Olivas has a reversal in the second for a 2-0 lead. An escape would do wonders for Velasquez here, but thus far, Olivas has ridden him out. Third period now. And here's a reversal for Velasquez to tie the score 2-2 with 45 seconds left. Obviously, now it's Olivas who could use an escape.
He doesn't get it, and now we have overtime. Nice show from Velasquez, but Olivas able to wriggle out of bounds. Now Olivas with the great shot and it's Velasquez who's lucky they went OB. We're in double overtime. Velasquez down first. Olivas riding well, nearly got nearfall. Then a near reversal for Velasquez — but Olivas rolls with him and comes back on top. Oohs and aahs from the crowd as time runs out. Now Olivas down. He gets to his feet but Velasquez brings him back down. OB with 15 seconds. Back to his feet, and he yanks away with 10 seconds! Velasquez shoots, but there's not enough time, and Olivas does some sort of double-point to the stands in celebration. He's into the quarters as the overtime winner of a big-time match.
Here are the 106-pound quarters: Justin Mejia, Clov, vs. Christian Ramos, Benicia
David Campbell, Mission Oak, vs. Isaac Blackburn, Del Oro
Chris Lacayo, Santiago, vs. Joey Cisneros, Redwood
Navonte Demison, Bakersfield, vs. David Gonzalez, San Dimas
And at 113: Dean Parker, Corona-Centennial, vs. Durbin Lloren, Buchanan
Matt Gamble, Monache, vs. Tristan Gilliland, Clovis
Robert Garcia, Selma, vs. Devan Turner, Dixon
Vincent Elizalde, Brawley, vs. Adrian Camposano, Central
UPDATED, 3:23 p.m.: JJ Figueroa of Bakersfield with another consolation victory, 8-2 over Abbas Khan of El Camino Real. So he'll march on into the next round.
Now the No. 1 wrestler at 113, Vincent Elizalde of Brawley, taking on Foothill's Fern Perez in a round-of-16 match. Early takedown for Elizalde for a 2-0 lead. There's a pin for Dixon's Devan Turner, who earlier beat Figueroa and obviously was under-ranked at No. 14.
Meanwhile, Tristan Gilliland is up 3-0 after two periods for Clovis and is on the brink of taking out No. 7 Jared Luty of American.
Another upset brewing at 113, with No. 2 Matt Gamble of Monache in overtime with Escondido's Dustin Miller. But like Gonzalez at 106, Gamble is able to get the takedown to win, 9-7.
It's still just 2-0 for Elizalde. Reversal for Luty to pull within 3-2, now escape Gilliland for 4-2. No. 4 Durbin Lloren of Buchanan with a victory to get to the quarterfinals. Gilliland is going to finish off the upset, 4-2. A big win for Clovis, and Gilliland is poised to take advantage of a wide-open 113 bracket.
Escape for Elizalde now and a 3-0 lead late in the second. Still just the one takedown, though. Now here comes another late in the period for 5-0. Foothill coaches argue briefly that it came too late, but the call stands.
Up at 120, Bakersfield's Carlos Herrera has a 7-1 lead on Miles Avila-Johnson of Bloomington. He'll next face Israel Saavedra of Modesto, who had an easy win over Victor Valley's Carlos Morales.
Elizalde has finished off Perez by an 8-0 score.
UPDATED, 3:09 p.m.: We're about ready to start the round of 16. At 106, Justin Mejia of Clovis is the first top guy to hit the mat. He's a big favorite here against Logan Eaton of Oakdale, though Eaton has done a good job thus far.
As for Kern County followers: There are seven local wrestlers left in the championship round. They are Navonte Demison, Carlos Herrera, Sean Nickell, Arik Onsurez and Bryce Martin of Bakersfield; Fern Perez of Foothill; and Josh Bailey of Frontier. There are some others, like JJ Figueroa of BHS and Jaccob Lopez of Ridgeview, who I expect will be around for quite some time in the consolation bracket. But you never know.
Mejia has an early takedown of Eaton and a 2-0 lead after one. Another notable match at this weight pits No. 6 Chris Lacayo of Santiago against No. 9 Jordan Aquino of Vacaville. Lacayo has a 4-0 lead there. Now Mejia has Eaton on his back. The pin comes at 2:47, and the much-heralded freshman is into tonight's quarterfinals. Lacayo has added nearfall and leads 7-0 over Aquino. NIce performance from Lacayo there.
Here's Bakersfield's Navonte Demison facing Miguel Juarez of Rowland in another 106 round-of-16 match. Headlock for Demison in the first 30 seconds and he's got a 5-point move. Now two more nearfall with a tilt. He looks well on his way to a victory and a berth in the quarterfinals, where he could take on No. 2 David Gonzalez of San Dimas, who's currently in a battle with Poway's Kai Middlebrook in his own match. It's scoreless after a period. Gonzalez is on top and has ridden out the first minute of the second period. Middlebrook has gotten to his feet a couple of times but been taken back down. It'll stay scoreless through two.
Now third period, and it's Middlebrook who's riding well. A minute left and still no score. Final seconds, and it's Middlebrook who nearly picks up a nearfall count. No score, going to overtime. Nice shot from Gonzalez, and he's finally finished it. A 2-0 victory for San Dimas, and Gonzalez will wrestle Demison next. Should be interesting.
UPDATED, 2:40 p.m.: Another overtime match for Bakersfield in the consolation bracket, and another loss, as Sam Loera gives up a takedown to Folsom's Connor Watson. Tough match for Loera, who was up 2-1 but gave up a second-period escape and then couldn't get off bottom in the third period. Sometimes this tournament swallows up freshmen (and other classes, too, to be fair), no two ways about it.
Liberty's Jake Maas and Frontier's Carlos Montejo are two locals who did win in the consolation round. Jaccob Lopez of Ridgeview is also in control of his match at 195.
We're probably about 15 minutes away from the round of 16, which will coincide with the second round of consolation (in which eight more wrestlers per weight will be eliminated).
UPDATED, 2:14 p.m.: Here are team scores through two rounds, as we work our way through the opening consolation round. Clovis' flurry of four victories in the upperweights has created early separation for the heavy team favorites: 1. Clovis 66; 2. Buchanan 48; 3. Poway 45; 4. Gilroy 30; 5. Clovis West 27.5; t6. Bakersfield, Calvary Chapel, Vacaville 26.5; 9. Santiago 23.5; 10. Dinuba 22; 11. St. John Bosco 20; 12. Folsom 19; t13. Modesto, James Logan 18.5; 15. Central 15.5.
Bakersfield's JJ Figueroa won his first consolation match, I know, so he's on his way to fighting back through the consolation bracket. I haven't seen too many more consolation results, because I went out to take a quick breather. I'll start paying some more attention, how's that? Next round of championship, by the way, the state round of 16, scheduled at 3:30. But we're running about 25 minutes ahead of schedule.
Bakersfield's Antonio Gutierrez just lost a consolation heartbreaker, giving up a reversal in the final 10 seconds and then losing 6-4 in overtime to Irvine's Michael Villegas.
UPDATED, 1:32 p.m.: Almost big news at 220, where Clovis' Adam Prentice had an 8-2 lead, then got turned to his back in the final seconds against unheralded Brian Brook of Durham. But time ran out before Brook could work for a possible dramatic pin. He settled for three nearfall, and Prentice held on, 8-5. Prentice is up against Jeramy Sweany next, but that's still valuable team points for the Cougars. More coming, probably, on Mat 1, where Nick Nevills is out for his second match against Omid Zeighami of Rancho Bernardo. Sure enough, Nevills has a takedown and is working on turning Zeighami. It's like clockwork with this guy. Pin comes at 1:59. Wow, Zeighami nearly made it to the second period. That would have been a moral victory. The next two top wrestlers at heavyweight, Roosevelt's Nour Abdullatif and Carlsbad's Chance Eskam, also both had quick pins in this round.
The last local in the round is North's Mark Guerrero, the first star to wrestle in state in six years. He's down 3-0 early to Chico's Malik Hopkins.
Here's the continuing list of top-10 wrestlers out of the championship bracket.
170 upset victims: No. 9 Chris Moran, Sanger
182: No. 5 Tiristan Sutton of Hemet, who lost to No. 9 Nathan Morris of Redwood in a big early showdown, No. 10 Anthony Melo, Hilmar
UPDATED, 1:19 p.m.: After this round, as a reminder, we'll have the first round of consolations. That means most of the top wrestlers have a couple of hours off, and it also means we'll see the first eight wrestlers at each weight eliminated. After that round, we'll be down to 32 wrestlers at each weight.
Still back in round 2, Bakersfield's Travis Yarbrough is down 3-2 to Jojo Ochoa of Atwater. Ochoa just got another takedown to make it 5-2. 5-3 now after an escape, but time running low on Yarbrough. He shoots and is in pretty deep, but they go out of bounds. It'll end as a 5-3 victory for Ochoa.
Santa Margarita's Jeff Holsinger, No. 10 here at 220, was down 5-2 but just pinned Sutter's Trevor Holt with a cradle in the second period. At the bottom of the bracket, Jeramy Sweany of Vacaville uses a pin to take care of Jeremiah Phillips of Castelemont in the first period. The No. 8 ranked 220-pounder, Corona-Centennial's David Vanweems, goes down in the second round to Jack Loumena of Leland. Vanweems needed overtime to escape the first round, but he can't get out of this one.
UPDATED, 1:04 p.m.: Here's some interesting news: Oscar Martinez of Corona-Centennial, the No. 8 wrestler at 195, has apparently injury defaulted, according to the announcement I just heard, which awarded Sunnyside's Lawrence Bohanon a win.
Frontier's Josh Bailey, who's No. 6 at the weight, had a big lead and then held on for a 9-3 victory against Raul Briseno of Ramona. That was Bailey's first match of the day.
Here are the latest team scores, which I'm assuming are from about midway through this marathon second round. You know who has moved to the top, though it's still close at the moment. 1. Clovis 44; 2. Poway 43; 3. Buchanan 42; 4. Calvary Chapel 26; 5. Bakersfield 24.5; 6. Santiago 23.5; t7. Clovis West, Vacaville 22.5; 9. Gilroy 22; 10. Modesto 18.5.
UPDATED, 12:53 p.m.: We'll go to the first round of consolation after this, by the way, with the round of 16 to follow along with second-round consolation matches. That's scheduled for 3:30.
Bakersfield's Bryce Martin, ranked No. 2 at 170, is having to scramble away from La Costa Canyon's Duke Mackle in his second match of the day, but he's doing a fine job of it, and he gets out of trouble with a takedown of his own late in the period. He leads 2-0. Mackle chooses neutral in the second period, thinking perhaps he can put Martin on his heels again. He does briefly get a single leg up, but Martin again gets out of it for his own takedown and a 4-0 lead.
A big matchup for the team score comes at 182, where Poway's Andrew Tausch is against Clovis' AJ Nevills. Tausch reversed for a 2-2 tie, but Nevills just pulled a Peterson for a five-point move and is back in control.
Martin finished off a 9-2 victory over Mackle, who looked like a pretty good defensive wrestler. But Martin gets the job done and moves on.
Back at 182, No. 1 Nick Fiegener of Folsom uses a tech fall of Shasta's Taylor Halsey to move on without incident. Frontier's Carlos Montejo is giving No. 4 Johnny Beltran of Servite a battle, but Beltran leads 4-2 with a minute to go. Montejo is on top and riding but hasn't scored yet. Looks like Beltran held on there, but a good battle from Montejo.
Here's more top 10 wrestlers who are out of the championship bracket:
152: No. 3 Tyler Zimmer, Clovis West, and No. 7 Ricky Padilla, Northview
160: none — first weight class with all of the top 10 through to the round of 16, which means the rubber is about to hit the road.
UPDATED, 12:33 p.m.: Anthony Valencia of St. John Bosco, ranked No. 3 nationally at 170, is on mat for the first time. He's got a 4-0 lead on Placer's Myles Lenover and just added more nearfall midway through the first. Now he's got the suicide cradle and whips Lenover over, drawing an oooh from the crowd, as he often does. It's a pin in about 70 seconds for Valencia.
Continuing our earlier assignment of trying to determine top-10 wrestlers who have fallen (I know it's kind of a negative way to look at things, but it's one of the few ways I know how to summarize a chaotic first couple of rounds).
132 upset victims: No. 7 Anthony Mantanona of Palm Desert (first round)
138: No. 8 Mario Lopez of Rowland, though he lost to No. 7 Abel Contreras of Porterville, so not an upset; No. 10 Dominic Hernandez, Canyon Springs
145: No. 7 Hayden Fry of Vacaville (first round to No. 10 Carter Armendariz of Temecula Valley), No. 8 Alex McIntyre of La Costa Canyon
UPDATED, 12:24 p.m.: I took a small lunch break, but we're still working our way through this second round. The 152-pounders are out there right now, and we're starting to get to 160 as well.
The easiest way to catch up might be to list the top-10 guys who got knocked out in this round. A couple of them, I've already mentioned, like JJ Figueroa and Julian Gaytan, but a couple more I didn't notice immediately.
At 106, upset victims: No. 7 Richard Casillas, Northview; No. 3 Zander Silva, Alta Loma (lost to David Campbell, whom I mentioned earlier)
At 113: No. 8 Nico Colunga of Oakdale lost, but it was to No. 7 Jared Luty of American, so not really an upset. Also, No. 3 Figueroa of Bakersfield as mentioned.
At 120: No. 4 Gaytan of Clovis, as mentioned.
At 126: No. 6 Anthony Hernandez, of Vacaville, in the first round
That's all the official results I have at this point, but a big one at 152 just finished. Clovis West's Tyler Zimmer goes down in overtime to No. 12 Andrew Morgan of Fountain Valley.
UPDATED, 11:32 a.m.: One of the many tough things about the state meet is pulling off an upset and then backing it up against another tough opponent. That's the task facing Sean Nickell of Bakersfield now after he beat Vacaville's Anthony Hernandez in the first round. Now he's got Freedom's Ricky Coster.
Also at 126, the top two, Mason Pengilly of Porterville and Michael Knoblauch of Clovis West, both worked pins to move into the round of 16.
Nickell has a first-period takedown and leads 2-0 after one. Carbon copy of his first match. If he can win here, he'll have an easier time of it in his next match — at least by rankings — in the round of 16 and could move on to face Pengilly in the quarterfinals. That would be a probable loss for Nickell, but it would also be a really nice run for a guy ranked 18th.
This is the longest round of the tournament, with 16 matches in every weight class, which computes to over 200 matches, nearly one fifth of the entire tournament.
Late reversal in the second for Nickell, and that's obviously a big score there. It's 4-0. Escape for Coster makes it 4-1, and now we have an injury timeout. Restart, and Coster has a takedown with 15 seconds left to make it 4-3. He lets Nickell up and needs another takedown to tie. Time will expire, and Nickell works another close win, 5-3 over Ricky Coster.
UP at 132, national No. 1 Zahid Valencia of St. John Bosco needs precisely 60 seconds to pin his first opponent, Chase Herrin of Hughson. Get used to that kind of result from Valencia and his 170-pound brother, Anthony.
UPDATED, 11:16 a.m.: Modesto's Israel Saavedra, a defending state champion, moves into the round of 16 with a 10-2 decision over Anthony Vargas of Citrus Hill. He could meet Bakersfield's Herrera in the quartersfinals tonight.
No. 5 Kimo Dial of Poway is in overtime at 120 — and he just worked a takedown of No. 15 Chris Cisneros of Selma to survive. Nice win for the Titans, who have a slim lead in the team race for now.
And Poway's chances at a huge upset in the team race might have just gotten slightly better, because state No. 4 Julian Gaytan of Clovis just lost, 12-7 to No. 16 Trevor Williams of Oakdale. Another Cougar, Khristian Olivas, also ranked No. 4, was in a scoreless battle but just picked up three nearfall points to take the lead on Sultana's Trent Smith. Now Smith gets a reversal for 3-2. Escape Olivas makes it 4-2 after two periods.
Looked away for a minute, but Olivas is pouring it on now, and he wins 12-2. So Clovis marches on — and frankly, the Cougars can deal with a few upsets, because they have SO much depth that they'll rack up points elsewhere.
UPDATED, 11:00 a.m.: Up at 113, No. 2 Matt Gamble of Monache has a pin in his first match. The guy who beat Gamble for the Central Section title last week, No. 3 JJ Figueroa of Bakersfield, is scoreless through a period with No. 14 Devan Turner of Dixon. Turner on bottom for the second period. Turner escapes for a 1-0 lead. He's the Sac-Joaquin runner-up and a tough customer.
Final period now, and Figueroa is still down 1-0. Gets to his feet there and draws a stalling call on Turner, but doesn't get out. Now we're down to a minute, and Figueroa still down 1-0. Things getting serious here for the state No. 3. And now a tilt from Tuner! That's two nearfall, and it's 3-0. Figueroa is in big trouble here. Final 30 seconds. There's an escape with 12 seconds for 3-1, but there's now only 8 seconds. That's it. Turner has the upset, 3-1. We knew 113 was a wide-open weight, and there's the first domino to fall.
Good news for BHS is that up at 120, Carlos Herrera, with a kinder draw, just worked a tech fall of Galileo's Swain Wong, another member of the all-name team here.
Back at 113, state No. 1 Vincent Elizalde of Brawley moved on and will next face Foothill's Fern Perez.
UPDATED, 10:48 a.m.: Vacaville's Jeramy Sweany, a defending champion and he No. 4 nationally at 220, is in control in his first round match with a 12-2 lead after two periods.
We've just begun the round of 32, and Clovis' Justin Mejia has a first-period pin. He's a freshman ranked No. 5 nationally.
Back at heavyweight, Clovis' Nick Nevills does the same thing, a quick pin to start his day. Those two bookends, Mejia and Nevills, are the cornerstone of what should be another championship weekend for the Cougars, who seek their record fourth state title in a row.
Also at 106, David Campbell of Mission Oak and Navonte Demison of Bakersfield with a couple more pins for the Central Section, which is loaded at this weight.
Team scores after the first round (and remember, these are a bit skewed because some schools have more wrestlers with byes than others): 1. Poway 15; 2. Buchanan 14; t3. Clovis, Vacaville 12; 5. Bakersfield 11; 6. Clovis West 10.5; 7. Gilroy 10, t8. Central, Santiago, Corona-Centennial 9.
UPDATED, 10:25 a.m.: Ridgeview's Jaccob Lopez is only ranked 13th at 195, but he was undefeated and ranked in the top 10 as recently as two weeks ago. That means his match with No. 2 Dylan Bollinger of Sultana is a big one early. Bollinger, though, doesn't look like he's interested in any sort of an upset, with two early takedowns and a 4-1 lead. Lopez escapes and trails 4-2 after a period.
An escape for Bollinger and a technical violation on Lopez make it 6-2 after the second. Lopez has hung tough here, but he'll need a huge third period to have a chance. He chooses neutral and does get a stalling warning on Bollinger, but there's the Bollinger takedown that should seal this one. It's 8-2. The final there will be 10-3 after a late takedown (that hardly looked like a takedown, but that's no matter).
Also a decision for the No. 3 wrestler at 195, Clayton Harwell of James Logan, who beat Monta Vista's Faris Karaborni.
At 220, Corona-Centennial's No. 8 David Vanweems is in double overtime with No. 13 Nick Roditis of Pitman. Vanweems has a reversal here — but Roditis just reversed him back to tie it back up. Just seven seconds ... and hoo boy. Roditis just got dinged for locking hands in the final seconds. Vanweems will escape, 6-5. Great match there at 220.
UPDATED, 10:12 a.m.: Maas got a late takedown for Liberty, but he's going to run out of time and lose to Wolfley of Pitman, 5-4.
The only Kern County wrestler who is a returning medalist is Bakersfield's Bryce Martin, who has an early takedown of Ponderosa's TJ Shamblin and now picks up two nearfall points. He leads 4-0. Escape and takedown in the second make it 7-0 for Martin, who doesn't exactly have a friendly draw as the No. 2 seed. Still, he should at least have an easy time into tonight's quarterfinals, where he might have to wrestle No. 5 Christian Smith of Rim of the World. Smith just got a pin. Martin just finished off Shamblin 12-0.
Also at 170, No. 10 Chris Bailey gets Poway some more points wiith a good win over No. 14 James Portilla of Oak Ridge. If anybody here can give Clovis a run in the team chase (and I don't think anyone truly can), it's Poway.
Up at 182, it takes national No. 4 Nick Fiegener of Folsom 35 seconds to finish his first-round match. And Sultana's No. 2 Corey Griego needs 68 seconds to beat Mission Oak's Robert Alvarado. So those two favorites look dominant early.
UPDATED, 10:02 a.m.: A top-10 match already at 145, and a small surprise: No. 10 Carter Armendariz of Temecula Valley beat No. 7 Hayden Fry of Vacaville 6-2. That's two top-10 wrestlers out of the championship bracket for Vacaville, which has team-podium hopes and will need those guys to rebound in a big way in the consolation bracket to get there.
Matches going on at 152, where No. 2 PJ Klee of Cardinal Newman not only has a first-period pin but also has one of the tournament's best names. No. 3 Tyler Zimmer of Clovis West is up 13-1 on El Camino's Hamada Abdelhalim and has nearfall ... and there's the tech fall for Zimmer.
Other notable winners at 152: No. 9 Alex Garcia of Christopher, No. 6 Abner Romero of Buchanan and
The first top-10 wrestler to hit the mat at 160 is No. 10 Nick Callender of Clovis East, and he's down 3-1 to Blake Stevenson of Redlands East Valley in the second period. Whoa. Takedown for REV, and it's 5-1. Escape Callender — and now he has a late takedown in the second to make it 5-4. He's down in the third period and escapes to tie it, 5-5. Callender is taking control here, with a takedown in the third to lead 7-5. Still a minute to go. Stevenson escapes for 7-6. Final 30 seconds. Callender does have one stalling warning, I believe. Restart at 10 seconds and Stevenson is hurt. Injury timeout.
Liberty's Jake Maas is in a close match with Logan Wolfley of Pitman, but he just gave up a reversal with about two seconds left in the second period to fall behind 3-0.
Stevenson is still down on the mat as his injury time has nearly expired. He will get back up and finish, but he's not going to get a takedown. Callender escapes, 7-6.
Escape Maas to make it 3-1. But now he's given up another takedown, and Wolfley has taken control.
UPDATED, 9:49 a.m.: It's funny, because Clovis is the heavy favorite to win its record fourth straight state title, and the Cougars are the only team with wrestlers in all 14 weight classes. But so far, most have had byes (which are random) to the second round. Khristian Olivas wrestled at 126, and Lane Barnes has just hit the mat at 138 pounds. He's got a tough customer in St. John Bosco's John Dominguez, the No. 11. And Dominguez has just pinned Barnes. Wow, that was unplanned for the Cougars — though that also would have been an upset. 54 seconds was the time there.
Also at 138: No. 8 Mario Lopez of Rowland and No. 2 Uzo Owuama of Bloomington both moved on easily. Same for No. 4 Sergio Enloe of Poway and No. 9 Jacob Macalolooy. And No. 2 Emilio Saavedra of Modesto used a tech fall to beat Bakersfield's Josh Annis.
Another pin for Poway at 145, where No. 2 Ralph Tovar has done the job on Firebaugh's Trini Serna. His main competition for the title, two-time champion Niko Villarreal of Gilory, took care of Derek Hayward of Temescal Canyon with a pin. Jared Hill of Clovis, who could meet Villarreal in the quarters tonight, also worked a pin of Gridley's Jon Villapania. Same goes for Conner FRancis of Buchanan, the No. 5, who is a step closer to a mega round-of-16 matchup with No. 3 Lorenzo De La Riva of Folsom.
UPDATED, 9:30 a.m.: Apparently Lacayo was out there and pinned his opponent so quickly I missed it. So he's safely through to the round of 32 at 106.
American's Jared Luty and Central's Adrian Camposano, two of the top contenders at 113, both won easily.
Up at 120, No. 7 Roy Galvan of La Quinta had an easy time with Frontier's Brock Welton. State No. 2 Gionn Peralta of Vacaville, one of the top five teams in the state, pinned El Diamante's Jacob Delgado, who had a great run at the Central Section Yosemite Divisional two weeks ago but was a bit overmatched there. Also winning at 120 was No. 6 Yoshito Funakoshi of West Torrance.
Bakersfield's Sean Nickell has an early takedown on state No. 6 Anthony Hernandez of Vacaville. These are two top-10 teams in the state, and Nickell is an underdog as state No. 18. Nickell rode out Hernandez in the first period and leads 2-0. The match is getting the big-screen treatment at Rabobank as Hernandez chooses down in the second. More riding from Nickell. He hasn't turned yet, but the clock is down to 42 seconds here.
Clovis West's Michael Knoblauch, ranked No. 2 at 126, works a first-period pin in his first match.
Vacaville's Hernandez has some injury time now, I believe, but we're back to action. Hernandez got to his feet and nearly away, but Nickell followed him and dragged him back down. Now Hernandez will actually get a stalling call from bottom as the period expires. Still 2-0 Nickell. Nickell is down in the third period. If he can get out here, he'll be in good shape. But like most top wrestlers, Hernandez is good from top.
Looks like No. 7 Anthony Mantanona of Palm Desert was just pinned at 132, by No. 16 Victor Olmos of Gilroy. So there's our first big upset of the day.
Nickell is trying to provide another one. He's still on bottom but has a 2-0 lead with a minute left. Now Hernandez will let him go for a 3-0 lead. He wasted a lot of time on top, though. He needs two takedowns, or two stalling calls plus a takedown to win here, but Nickell just got his own takedown for a 5-0 lead. He's going to win it by that score, and he claps his hands. State No. 6 Anthony Hernandez goes down.
UPDATED, 9:13 a.m.: For whatever reason, they've skipped several of the 106-pound matches. I don't know if there were several wrestlers who didn't make weight there, or what, but I didn't see state No. 6 Chris Lacayo of Santiago or No. 10 Navonte Demison of Bakersfield in their scheduled first-round matches. No. 4 Joey Cisneros of Redwood had a pin. No. 2 David Gonzalez of San Dimas and No. 3 Zander Silva of Alta Loma won tighter matches, 4-0, and 5-2, respectively.
Now they've announced that Demison was a winner by forfeit, so that explains that. He was to wrestle Modesto freshman Adam Velasquez. Either Velasquez didn't make weight or was hurt or something, but that hurts Modesto, which came in ranked No. 11 as a team. Still no word on Lacayo's match; he had an Oakland Section wrestler and was a heavy favorite.
Locals: Fern Perez of Foothill jumped to a 5-0 lead and held on to beat Alta Loma's Alex Nunez at 113. He has an Oakland wrestler next and could be into this afternoon's round of 16, where he could meet state No. 1 Vincent Elizalde of Brawley.
ORIGINAL POST: It has BEGUN. Well, it's about to begin. The CIF State Wrestling Championships have returned to Bakersfield for the 11th consecutive year, and this year brings the typical assortment of 560 of the country's top wrestlers to a one-class meet that will crown true state champions in 14 weight classes.
We've just cleared the mats of wrestlers warming up and finished the national anthem. They'll call the first 10 first-round matches shortly, with most coming at 106 pounds and some coming at 113. We'll move very quickly from there, with no breaks through tonight's 7:30 p.m. quarterfinals.
Wrestlers (and some wrestling writers, wink, wink) have been waiting for this weekend all year. Let's get it started...