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By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
UPDATED, 7:37 p.m.: Here are the last consolation winners of the night, followed by the team scores after Day 1. Worth noting is the heavyweight match between Jared Snyder of Frontier and Mark Guerrero of North, two locals who came in with top-8 seeds. Both lost early, though, so one of them has to be eliminated here. It looks like it'll be Snyder. Guerrero has him on his back in the third period. Now Snyder slips away — not easy to do for a heavyweight on his back with 250 pounds on top of him — and gets a reversal. He's down 6-4 and trying desperately to turn Guerrero with short time. The North Star is going to hang on. Frontier settles for seven wrestlers alive into tomorrow.
That's the last match of the night. We'll see you tomorrow at 9 a.m. sharp for the Cinderella round, followed immediately by the semifinals.
220: Magee, Sunny; Hattfield, North; Halajian, CN; Madrigal, Port
HWT: Bueno, East; Ibarra, Lem; Guerrero, North; Moreno, Sunny
And, finally, Day 1 team scores: 1. Clovis 193.5; 2. Buchanan 141.5; 3. Clovis West 116.5; 4. Bakersfield 110; t5. Porterville, Sanger 104; 7. Central 84; 8. Madera 82.5; 9. Frontier 76.5; 10. Madera South 75; 11. Mission Oak 74; 12. Redwood 56; t13. Clovis East, Monache 55; 15. Liberty 51; 16. Clovis North 50.5; 17. North 50; 18. Foothill 48.5; 19. Lemoore 46; t20. South, Sunnyside 42.
UPDATED, 7:20 p.m.: After the painful loss at 152 for Bakersfield, the Drillers rebound with a victory for Elias Morales at 182 pounds. Frank Amaya loses at 195, though, so Bakersfield will have to settle for 11 wrestlers alive into tomorrow. Seven of those, however, have to wrestle Cinderella matches. Don't be late in the morning, Drillers fans. It's a big round for your team.
Here's more consolation winners. I'll come back with the final names and the team scores at the end of the first day.
170: Macias, Central; Padilla, ElD; Ames, Port; Gonzales, MO
182: Rosales, Bak; Ramirez, Central; Perez, Roos; Mireles, South
195: Gonzales, Sang; Valladares, MS; Bohanon, Sunny; Ku, CW
UPDATED, 7:04 p.m.: Good all-local consolation match going on in front of me at 152 pounds, where No. 8 seed Juan Chocoteco of Foothill is taking on Ricardo Gonzales of Bakersfield. Gonzales has the match under control at 7-0, but he nearly got turned for a pin there late in the second period. No points for Chocoteco, but the Bakersfield coaches are getting on their freshmen about staying vigilant in the third period here. The winner here will have to beat No. 5 seed Danny Alvarado of Mission Oak in the morning to make Masters, but it's better to have a chance than not have one. Cradle for Gonzales, switching to a headlock, but he got too high. Now Chocoteco has a cradle! Can he get the pin? Still some time left here. I think he's gonna get it. There it is. Wow, what a comeback for Chocoteco, and it's the first Driller to be eliminated today. Andy Varner isn't happy with his freshman, but Foothill is ecstatic with the result. It was 10-1 for Gonzales before the reversal and late pin.
152: Chocoteco, Foot; Quintana, CE; Ibarra, Sang; Gamboa, Fron
160: Booth, Han; Belshay, Buch; Lierly, CW; Komin, Fron
UPDATED, 6:55 p.m.: Here's some more consolation winners. Something to keep an eye on is total wrestlers who qualify from the divisional per team. That could affect the team race at both next week's Masters meet and at state (even if Clovis is a heavy, heavy favorite both weekends, coaches will fight tooth and nail for second place, or for a top-5 finish, or whatever it might be that they set a goal to reach). So the more names for Buchanan, Clovis West and Bakersfield out of these rounds, the better for these teams. And other schools celebrate any state qualifier, so it's special for them, too. But again, you've got to survive another round tomorrow to make the Masters.
126: Rodriguez, Hoov; Hill, Lem; Martin, Stock; Hord, GV
132: Armijo, Centennial; Wright, Stock; Baker, North; Miguel, CW
138: Watts, Red; Contreras, TU; Treiberg, Centennial; Cerda, Sunny
145: Carranza, Port; Lemus, EB; Guerrero, RV; McGuire, CN
UPDATED, 6:49 p.m.: We have one round left tonight, a consolation round. It's an important one. The winners here survive to tomorrow, where they'll take on the quarterfinal losers in the first round of the morning. That's what I like to call the Cinderella round, because dreams of moving on are made or broken there; the winners are safely into the top 8, while the losers move into a ninth-place bracket with a chance only to be an alternate to next week's Masters. But to even get a chance to wrestle that match, guys have to win tonight. I'll just list the winners at each weight in the interest of saving some time.
106: Garcia, South; Vargas, Fres; Demerath, Mon; Bracamonte, East
113: Deloza, CN; Pena, Red; Aguirre, GW; Patoc, Lib
120: Flores, Sang; Welton, Fron; Perez, Port; Cortes, MS
UPDATED, 6:40 p.m.: Sorry, my family came to visit, so I took a little break there. The heavyweight quarterfinals were interesting matchups after a couple of crazy early rounds. Joining No. 1 Nick Nevills in the semis will be Edison's Kevin Vance, who followed up a pin of Foothill's David Bautista with another quick stick, this time of No. 4 seed Cesar Delgado of Golden West. The bottom half of the bracket has No. 2 seed Miguel Villanueva of Madera South winning in double OT against Reedley's Ivan Espiritu, 3-2, and Madera's unseeded Roy Powell coming up with another big win, this time against David Robles of Buchanan, who had taken out Frontier's No. 3 seed Jared Snyder in the second round.
HWT: N. Nevills, Clov, pin Madrigal, Port, 0:44
Vance, Ed, pin Delgado, GW, 0:39
Powell, Mad, pin Robles, Buch, 2:18
Villanueva, MS, dec. Espiritu, Reed, 3-2 2OT
UPDATED, 6:09 p.m.: Joining Yarbrough in the semifinals at 220 will be top seed Cortes Morales of Clovis West, plus Cornelio Sanchez of Sanger, who upset No. 4 seed Joseph Gonzalez of Foothill. Adam Prentice of Clovis finishes off Buchanan's Zak Levatino with a pin with 5 seconds left on the third-period clock. And there's a Nick Nevills pin at heavyweight, so Clovis officially goes 41-1 today. Amazing performance at a great tournament.
There are a ton of local wrestlers who are in the consolations right now and need to come up big in the next round or two to keep their season alive.
220: Morales, CW, maj dec. Mask, Mad, 9-0
Sanchez, Sang, dec. Gonzalez, Foot, 5-4
Yarbrough, Bak, pin Cabral, RV, 0:30
Prentice, Clov, pin Levatino, Buch, 5:55
UPDATED, 5:57 p.m.: Top seed at 195, Matt Weiss, takes out North's Jacob Lucas and becomes the 11th Clovis wrestler in the semifinals. Nick Nevills will almost certainly make 12, so if 220-pounder Adam Prentice wins, the Cougars will be 41-1 on the day with 13 of 14 wrestlers in the semifinals. Pretty impressive stuff. The Cougars' large cheering section can depart for the evening, because even quarterfinal losers are through to tomorrow.
A couple more locals through here, with Jaccob Lopez of Ridgeview and Josh Bailey of Frontier both winning via pin at 195. They will meet up in the semifinals tomrorow. Travis Yarbrough of Bakersfield wins at 220 and becomes the Drillers' fourth semifinalist.
195: Weiss, Clov, pin Lucas, North, 2:38
Dill, Buch, pin Parker, CE, 3:40
Lopez, RV, pin Lowe, Lem, 2:14
Bailey, Fron, pin Salinas, Reed, 1:46
UPDATED, 5:46 p.m.: The upshot of Clovis' dominance, plus the presence of nationally ranked Clovis West and Buchanan, is that Kern County wrestlers are having a tough go of it here in their hometown. Only four local guys, out of a possible 40, have reached the semifinals thus far. Three form Bakersfield — Carlos Herrera, Sam Loera and Bryce Martin — plus Liberty's Jake Maas. That makes the consolation round tonight and the one in the morning essential for locals hoping to get through to the Masters. Usually, Kern County sends 25-30 wrestlers to state at Rabobank; right now only four are guaranteed through to Masters from this tournament. A few more could be coming in the upperweights, like Josh Bailey and Jaccob Lopez.
In fact, here comes one now. Carlos Montejo of Frontier has just defeated Dejon Taylor of Clovis East, 9-0, to advance to the 182-pound semifinals.
182: Gamboa, Mad, maj dec. Moreno, Sunny, 17-7
Montejo, Fron, maj dec. Taylor, CE, 9-0
A. Nevills, Clov, pin Alvarado, MO, 3:11
An, Buch, pin Stutte, Fres, 1:51
UPDATED, 5:36 p.m.: Last week Bryce Martin took out Jeremy Maas with an early pin, but Maas is making him work a bit harder this time. Still, Martin looks well in control there. His semifinal opponent will be Sanger's Chris Moran, who worked a first-period pin of Redwood's Blake Marple in that 170-pound quarterfinal.
There's the pin, third period, for Martin. On the bottom half of the bracket, Clovis' Brody Brand looks like he's all over Mt. Whitney's Jamie Galvan. And Austin Flores of Clovis North wins by tech fall. Impressive quarterfinal performances by the top four seeds there.
170: Martin, Bak, pin Je. Maas, Lib, 5:45
Moran, Sang, pin Marple, Red, 1:32
Flores, CN, tech fall Chavez, MS, 15-0
Brand, Clov, maj dec. Galvan, MtW, 13-3
UPDATED, 5:20 p.m.: A rematch of a really good 160-pound final from last week's SWYL finals is going on as a quarterfinal here. It's Bakersfield freshman Sam Loera, the No. 3 seed, against Centennial's Levi White. Loera built a good lead against White last week and then held on for what ended up an 8-7 victory.
This looks like another good one. White works a last-second reversal in the second period to tie the match, 5-5. Loera is on bottom for the third period, but he's having trouble getting out. White keeps sinking his legs in. Now off a restart, Loera gets to his feet and yanks his ankles away from White's grasp for a 6-5 lead. About a minute left, I'm guessing, and White needs a takedown. Instead he takes a wild shot and Loera gets around for two and an 8-5 lead. He lets White go, so now it's 8-6. Looks like the BHS coaches were afraid of White's potential on bottom here, but now a takedown could tie it for White. He nearly gets one, but the wrestlers are out of bounds instead. Tagger is out on the mat, so short time. That's it. It was 8-7 last week and finishes 8-6 this time.
Another all-Kern battle at 160 just ended with Liberty's Jake Maas pulling out a close victory over Golden Valley's Julio Fuentes. Not sure what the final was there, but it was tight. Here's the bout sheet — it was a 5-3 win for Maas.
Now Bryce Martin, the top seed at 170, on the mat for Bakersfield. He's also got a rematch of the SWYL finals, against Liberty's Jeremy Maas.
160: J. Hokit, Clov, dec. Leypon, Mon, 5-1
Ja. Maas, Lib, dec. Fuentes, GV, 5-3
Loera, Bak, dec. White, Centennial, 8-6
Callender, CE, dec. Duran, Teh, 7-2
UPDATED, 5:11 p.m.: So, halfway through the quarterfinals, here's the story: Clovis has six wrestlers through to the semifinals. Buchanan has five and Clovis West has 4. Those teams have likely zipped by Bakersfield, at least for now, in the team race, because the Drillers have just one in the semifinals right now thanks to a couple of tight losses at 106 and 113.
More results pouring in with few surprises at this point. The top four seeds all moved through at 145 and 152 pounds.
152: Kincaid, Clov, pin Jones, South, 1:42
Romero, Buch, dec. Alvarado, MO, 6-2
Pagela, Port, vs. Lee, Centennial
Zimmer, CW, pin Ruiz, Mon, 2:44
UPDATED, 4:55 p.m.: Sanger's Justin Soto with a big upset at 138 of No. 2 seed Joseph Jauregui of Clovis East. Soto looked like he got a late pin there. Jauregui and Redwood's Isaiah Torres at 120 are the two No. 2 seeds who have lost. No No. 1 seeds have really even been challenged yet.
138: Contreras, Port, tech fall Annis, Bak, 16-1
Esquibel, Buch, dec. Barnes, Clov, OT
Lane, CW, dec. Santore-Tovar, Lib, 6-2
Soto, Sang, pin Jauregui, CE, 5:40
145: Garcia, CW, tech fall Gutierrez, Bak, 20-5
Hill, Clov, pin Lopez, Hoov, 3:37
Sanchez, Sang, pin Demaree, ElD, 5:08
Francis, Buch, tech fall Dias, MO, 17-2
UPDATED, 4:40 p.m.: Looks like Dean Esquibel of Buchanan is on the brink of becoming the first wrestler here to beat a Clovis opponent — it's No. 4 seed Lane Barnes at 138. But Barnes was just awarded a last-second escape in the third period, and I believe we're going to overtime. Barnes beat Esquibel for third place at the TRAC finals last week, but Esquibel has a nice shot in overtime — and he's got the takedown! So there it is — the first Clovis loss of the entire tournament. That's a darn impressive run, though. Clovis now 33-1 on the day.
UPDATED, 4:33 p.m.: 126-pound quarters now, and the top three seeds are already through easily. Mason Pengilly of Porterville pinned Calloway Morphis of Frontier and Michael Knoblauch of Clovis West beat Tulare's Alex Tejada 11-0. Those two are expected to meet for the title tomorrow night. No. 3 Khristian Olivas of Clovis was also impressive, pinning Bakersfield's Sean Nickell late in the second period with a big lead.
Up at 132, Kyler Hansen of Buchanan ends a nice run for Frontier freshman Jonathan Garcia with a first-period pin. Garcia, of course, will wrestle tomorrow morning to get into Masters. Bouncing back after a loss is huge for the guys who are on the bubble for qualifying for Masters. Now Isaiah Hokit, back in Kern County after transferring from Wasco to Clovis over the summer, faces Bakersfield's Arik Onsurez at 132. Hokit is the No. 2 seed and has the first takedown after a good fight from Onsurez. Now he's turned Onsurez on his back, and there's the pin for Hokit. The perfect day continues for Clovis.
126: Pengilly, Port, pin Morphis, Fron, 1:36
Ruiz, Mad, maj dec. Gaxiola, Buch, 12-3
Olivas, Clov, pin Nickell, Bak, 3:52
Knoblauch, CW, maj dec. Tejada, TU, 11-0
132: Camposano, Central, tech fall Allen, Teh, 19-2
Enriquez, MO, dec. Harris, Red, 3-2
Hansen, Buch, pin Garcia, Fron, 1:07
I. Hokit, Clov, pin Onsurez, Bak, 1:47
UPDATED, 4:15 p.m.: Top seed Julian Gaytan of Clovis is through to the semifinals easily with a 14-4 victory over Hanford's Isaiah Corona. Gaytan will get Herrera of Bakersfield next. All of these quarterfinal winners, remember, can place no lower than sixth, even if they lose three in a row in the morning, and so they're safely into Masters at this point. Four more wrestlers will join them by winning in the first consolation round in the morning, which will pit the quarterfinal losers against the winners of tonight's final consolation round.
Our highest seed to go out yet comes at the bottom of the 120-pound bracket, where Redwood's Isaiah Torres has lost 4-0 to Buchanan's Alejandro Jimenez. Lost in all of the Clovis accolades is that Buchanan is also having a very good tournament. Jimenez really controlled that match from start to finish, and he's rewarded with a semifinals appearance and a Masters berth. Same goes for El Diamante's Jacob Delgado, who already upset No. 3 seed Brock Welton of Frontier and now has taken out No. 6 Victor Quintos of Central. So it's Delgado vs. Jimenez in a surprise semifinal at 120.
120: Gaytan, Clov, maj dec. Corona, Han, 14-4
Herrera, Bak, dec. Velasquez, Foot, 2-1
Delgado, ElD, dec. Quintos, Central, 8-7
Jimenez, Buch, dec. Torres, Red, 4-0
UPDATED, 4:04 p.m.: Another tight match, this one going Bakersfield's way at 120 pounds. Carlos Herrera took out Foothill's Marco Velasquez 2-1 in the 4 vs. 5 quarterfinal there. So that's the first Driller through to the semifinals.
Back at 113, Buchanan's Durbin Lloren, the No. 3 seed, beat No. 6 AJ Rosas of Reedley, 3-1, and Monache's No. 2 seed, Matt Gamble took out Foothill's Fern Perez. They join Gilliland and top seed Adrian Camposano of Central in tomorrow morning's semifinals.
113: Camposano, Central, maj dec. Morita, CW, 13-4
Gilliland, Clov, dec. Figueroa, Bak, 6-4
Lloren, Buch, dec. Rosas, Reed, 3-1
Gamble, Mon, maj dec. Perez, Foot, 9-0
UPDATED, 3:49 p.m.: The final score of Gilliland-Figueroa was actually 6-4 in favor of Clovis. I think I missed a third-period takedown in there. Either way, the Cougars are now an unbelievable 30-for-30 today. They've got 12 more matches to go on the day, and I'm starting to wonder if they're going to pull this off this perfect day. There will be a couple of tough ones in there, but it's possible.
Accordingly, Clovis is out to a big lead already in these team scores, which are through the second round:
1. Clovis 108.5; 2. Buchanan 88.5; 3. Bakersfield 80.5; 4. Clovis West 70; 5. Snager 60; 6. Porterville 59.5; 7. Mission Oak 57; 8. Madera 55.5; 9. Frontier 51; 10. Central 48.5; 11. Clovis East 44; t12. Foothill, Monache, Redwood 40.5; 15. Madera South 40.
UPDATED, 3:43 p.m.: Mission Oak's David Campbell with a 13-6 victory over Javier Alaniz of Clovis East in another 106 quarterfinal. The other was No. 2 seed Joey Cisneros of Redwood surviving a scare to beat No. 7 Ross Arve of Buchanan, 4-3.
At 113, one to watch is No. 4 seed J.J. Figueroa of Bakersfield against Clovis' Tristan Gilliland, the No. 5. Could be the Cougars' first loss of the day if Gilliland can't pull off the mild upset. Figueroa had a nice single-leg shot, but Gilliland able to scramble away from it with a nice bit of wrestling. Now Gilliland's turn to shoot, and he finishes quickly — and has Figueroa turned briefly. Don't think there were any points awarded there, though. Second period, Gilliland down. He gets out for an escape and — I think — a 3-0 lead. Now after some hand-fighting up top, it's Figueroa who gets the takedown. 3-2 now, and riding out this period could be big for Figueroa here. But Gilliland gets the escape just before the end of the period. He leads 4-2 (again, I think).
Figueroa down in the third period. He has an escape and we're in neutral at 4-3 Gilliland. Figueroa needs a takedown to stay in this thing. Gilliland doing some effective stalling here, and he's called on it, but there's short time and that's only the first warning. He's going to hang on to win, 4-3.
UPDATED, 3:32 p.m.: OK. Here we go with quarterfinals, where winners are not only into tomorrow's semifinals but into the Masters as a top-six finisher no matter what happens from here on out.
At 106, Clovis' nationally ranked freshman, Justin Mejia, is contorlling Edgar Madrigal of Porterville. I can't see the scoreboards on the mats from where I'm sitting, so I'll do the best I can to update live. In another quarter, Bakersfield's Navonte Demison had an early takedown on No. 4 seed Chris Marin of Clovis West, but Marin got an escape and a takedown of his own. Now Demison has a reversal, though, so that's a close match after a period. Marin might have had some nearfall in there, too. Escape for Marin to start the second period, and now he's in on a shot and finishes for the takedown. Demison is scrambling well, but the senior from Clovis West has been a bit better thus far. Now as Marin works for nearfall, Demison slips out and has a reversal. This is a good one. Again, not sure on the score, but it's close.
Just went and checked — it's 6-6 entering the third period. Marin is going to give Demison an automatic escape and a 7-6 lead to start the period. That means he'll need a takedown to win here, though Demison does have at least one stalling warning that I saw. Quick shot instead from Demison, but he can't ... quite... finish, and now they're in a scramble. Marin trying to gain control. Wow, what ascramble, what a match. Takedown for Marin and an 8-7 lead. Can't be a ton of time left, so Demison needs to score. He flips up on his rear and now works for the reversal ... but Marin back on top and in control as time expires. What a match; it'll end 8-7 for Marin. Mejia, meanwhile, worked for a third-period pin in his quarterfinal.
Mejia, Clov, pin Nelms, Port, 5:12
Marin, CW, dec. Demison, Bak, 8-7
Campbell, MO, dec. Alaniz, CE, 13-6
Cisneros, Red, dec. Arve, Buch, 4-3
UPDATED, 3:21 p.m.: Upsets galore at heavyweight. First off, one of the first-round results was recorded wrong, and the change makes for a big surprise: No. 3 seed Jared Snyder of Frontier was pinned by Lemoore's David Ibarra, not the other way around. And Ibarra was just pinned by Buchanan freshman David Robles in the second round, meaning the Bears get a surprise quarterfinalist and some more points in the battle for (let's be honest) second place.
Elsewhere at heavyweight, No. 5 seed David Bautista of Foothill just went down to Edison's Kevin Vance via a quick pin. It's a wide, wide open bracket for the heavies — except for national No. 1 Nick Nevills, who worked his second first-period pin.
HWT: Nevills, Clov, pin Moreno, Sunny
Madrigal, Port, tech fall Rangel, ElD
Vance, Ed, pin Bautista, Foot
Delgado, GW, dec. Bibiano, CE
Robles, Buch, pin Ibarra, Lem
Powell, Mad, pin Organista, South
Espiritu, Reed pin Parks, Central
Villanueva, MS, pin Cox, CW
UPDATED, 3:14 p.m.: Just spoke with Clovis assistant coach Adam Tirapelle, who could only smile when I told him his Cougars were having a "pretty good" day. I mean, I guess 28-for-28 with 27 bonus-point victories is all right. The one exception to the bonus points rule just happened, when Clovis 220-pounder Adam Prentice beat Stockdale's Henry Song "only" 11-6. Good on Henry for hanging in there, but get ready for a whole lot of blue and gold in the quarterfinals, which will be starting in the next 10 minutes or so.
Another No. 6 went down at 220s as well, with Ridgeview's Freddie Cabral getting the upset pin of Lemoore's Nickolas Betancourt.
220: Morales, CW, pin Madrigal, Port
Mask, Mad, pin Olmedo, South
Sanchez, Sang, pin Cordona, Mon
Gonzalez, Foot, dec. Romero, Central
Yarbrough, Bak, pin Hattfield, North
Cabral, RV, pin Betancourt, Lem
Levatino, Buch, dec. Chavez, MS
Prentice, Clov, dec. Song, Stock
UPDATED, 2:57 pm.: A 195-pound second-rounder between No. 8 Derek Meek of Hanford and North's Jacob Lucas is right in front of me and going to overtime at 7-7. Both guys looked gassed; it's been a fun match, with reversals and back points galore. And it's Lucas with a quick single leg, spinning around to get a takedown in the first 10 seconds of overtime. He's in the quarters, and a date with No. 1 Matt Weiss of Clovis awaits. Hey, that beats the alternative.
Another No. 6 seed also out of the championship bracket at 195 — it's Jacob Valladares of Madera South, who falls 7-4 to Lemoore's Brett Lowe. A mild scare for No. 2 seed Josh Bailey of Frontier, but he pulls out a 5-3 win against Sanger's Arnoldo Gonzales.
195: Weiss, Clov, pin Van Beek, MO
Lucas, North, dec. Meek, Han, OT
Parker, CE, pin Schrien, Mon
Dill, Buch, pin MItchell, Lib
Lopez, RV, maj dec. Halajian, CN
Lowe, Lem, dec. Valladares, MS
Salinas, Reed, dec. Paiste, Port
Bailey, Fron, dec. Gonzales, Sang
UPDATED, 2:45 p.m.: While other top schools start to have their weaker links or guys with bad draws fall into the consolation brackets, Clovis continues to not only be perfect but do it with bonus points in every match. That's the sort of reason the Cougars are ranked No. 3 in the nation.
182: Gamboa, Mad, pin Lora, Foot
Moreno, Sunny, dec. Lugo, West
Taylor, CE, pin Perez, Roos
Montejo, Fron, pin Thompson, Port
A. Nevills, Clov, pin Johnson, Han
Alvarado, MO, pin Ramirez, Central
Stutte, Fres, dec. Morris, MtW
An, Buch, pin Rosales, Bak
UPDATED, 2:39 p.m.: I stand corrected. We will be immediately going into quarterfinals after this round. So we're going to get to some really good matches in short order. Usually, tournaments will run one more consolation round before going into the quarters, but that's not the way this one is set up. After the quarters, we'll have one round of consolation. Good chance we're done by 7 p.m. tonight, which would be much earlier than normal tournaments.
Still one 170-pound match out there, but here are the rest of the results. I'll update the missing result when it's finished.
170: Martin, Bak, pin Marrujo, Mad
Je. Maas, Lib, pin Gonzales, MO
Marple, Red, dec. Dhanoa, GV
Moran, Sang, pin Ames, Port
Flores, CN, pin Byrd, Fron
Chavez, MS, pin Espana, CW
Galvan, MtW, pin Gonzalez, Roos
Brand, Clov, pin Scott, Ed
UPDATED, 2:23 p.m.: Big news: I'm almost to the point where I can watch some wrestling for an extended period. The 170-pound second-round matches are nearly complete, but I've got 160s done, and we should be able to tune in after that.
Close call for No. 3 seed Sam Loera of Bakersfield at 160, but he holds on to beat Buchanan's Cade Belshay in a battle of freshmen. Up next for Loera is Centennial's Levi White, the No. 6 seed.
160: J. Hokit, Clov, pin Komin, Fron
Leypon, Mon, dec. Ramirez, Central
Fuentes, GV, pin Velasquez, North
Ja. Maas, Lib, maj. dec. Lierly, CW
Loera, Bak, dec. Belshay, Buch, 6-5
White, Centennial, pin Osunde, Lem
Duran, Teh, dec. Chapa, Mad, 5-4
Callender, CE, pin Booth, Han
UPDATED, 2:19 p.m.: Six seeds through at 152, with one of the outliers being South's Phelan Jones. He beat Golden West's Paul Hansen in a wild 13-9 match after Hansen beat No. 8 seed Juan Chocoteco of Foothill. So Jones could be a surprise Masters finalist if he can come up with another win or two — though the next match will be against top seed Dominic Kincaid of Clovis.
Bakersfield also loses another wrestler from the championship bracket; freshman Ricardo Gonzales was pinned in the third period by No. 2 Tyler Zimmer of Clovis West.
152: Kincaid, Clov, pin Gamboa, Fron
Jones, South, dec. Hansen, GW
Alvarado, MO dec. Sherwood, CN
Romero, Buch, pin Ibarra, Sang
Pagela, Port, maj dec. Quintana, CE
Lee, Centennial, dec. Flores, MtW
Ruiz, Mon, dec. Maciel, Fres
Zimmer, CW, pin Gonzales, Bak
UPDATED, 2:14 p.m.: The round after this will be consolation only. In fact, the next two round might be consolation only, but I'm not positive of that. All seeds through to the quarters at 145. Clovis and Bakersfield have seven in the quarters at this point.
145: Garcia, CW, pin McMillan, Mad
Gutierrez, Bak, pin Romero, Lem
Lopez, Hoov, dec. Tootle, Foot
Hill, Clov, pin Guerrero, RV
Sanchez, Sang, pin Gaines, MtW
Demaree, ElD, dec. Lemus, East
Dias, MO, pin Beltran, MM
Francis, Buch, tech fall Garten, Fron
UPDATED, 2:10 p.m.: Still a perfect day for Clovis, which has had its CLOSEST match so far at 138 pounds, where Lane Barnes beat North's Julio Rodriguez 8-0. Yeah, that's the closest. Elsewhere at 138, No. 5 seed Alex Treiberg of Centennial goes down 4-3 to a tough unseeded wrestler, Dean Esquibel of Buchanan. That was a showdown for the second round, and Esquibel gets the big win — and a chance to face Barnes tonight.
138: Contreras, Port, dec. Jimenez, CN
Annis, Bak, pin Perez, High
Esquibel, Buch, dec. Treiberg, Centennial
Barnes, Clov, maj dec. Rodriguez, North
Lane, CW, pin Barlow, Han
Santore-Tovar, Lib, pin Arevalo, Teh
Soto, Sang, pin Gonzales, Lem
Jauregui, CE, pin Domingo, MO
UPDATED, 2:04 p.m.: A nice win for Tehachapi's Fletcher Allen, who takes out No. 8 seed Bailey Gutierrez of Hoover in the second round at 138. Up next is Central's top seed Matt Ontiveros, but even with a loss there, Allen is on the doorstep of Masters.
132: Ontiveros, Central, pin Huml, Lem
Allen, Teh, maj dec. Gutierrez, Hoov
Enriquez, MO, pin Gonzalez, RV
Harris, Red, pin Dobbins, CN
Hansen, Buch, pin Wright, Stock
Garcia, Fron, pin Benzler, Sang
Onsurez, Bak, maj dec. Stalnaker, GV
I. Hokit, Clov, pin Solano, MS
UPDATED, 2:00 p.m.: All of the favorites through easily to the quarterfinals at 126.
126: Pengilly, Port, pin Escalera, Foot
Morphis, Fron, dec. Strausser, Bull
Gaxiola, Buch, pin Morgret, North
Ruiz, Mad, pin Martin, Stock
Olivas, Clov, pin Gueymock, South
Nickell, Bak, maj dec. Hill, Lem
Tejada, TU, pin Vera, Central
Knoblauch, CW, dec. Hooten, Mon
UPDATED, 1:54 p.m.: OK, here's our first major breakaway from chalk. It comes at 120 pounds, where Frontier's Brock Welton, the No. 3 seed after a huge win over Bakersfield's Carlos Herrera in the SWYL finals last week, goes down 13-5 to El Diamante's Jacob Delgado. That puts Delgado within a victory of Masters, for one thing, but it also breaks up the bracket in a lot of different ways. The No. 6 seed, Central's Victor Quintos, now has a clearer path to the semifinals, and the No. 2 seed, Isaiah Torres of Redwood, now has a clearer path to the finals. Of course, Torres had his own struggle in this round, needing a third-period reversal to beat Sanger's Gilbert Flores 5-4.
That also will affect the consolation bracket, because Welton gets thrown there now. We'll start paying a little more attention to the consos after this round.
120: Gaytan, Clov, pin Cortes, MS
Corona, Han, pin White, Sunny
Velasquez, Foot, pin Perez, Port
Herrera, Bak, pin Chhim, Ed
Delgado, ElD, maj. dec. Welton, Fron
Quintos, Central, maj dec. Romine, Mad
Jimenez, Buch, maj dec. Aguirre, GW
Torres, Red, dec. Flores, Sang
UPDATED, 1:49 pm.: Sorry about that delay. Had to go cover the press conference and then had a technical issue when I got back. We should be good to roll from here though. They're a little more than halfway through the round of 16 (plus first consolation round) out on the mats. I think 152-pounders are wrestling now. I'll post the round of 16 results from each weight as I get them here. Still no major surprises that I'm aware of as we set up tonight's quarterfinals, which is the point where seeded wrestlers run into one another.
106: Mejia, Clov, pin Zertuche, MS
Nelms, Port, maj dec. Bracamonte, East
Demison, Bak, pin Salazar, GV
Marin, CW, maj dec. Demerath, Mon
Campbell, MO, pin Vargas, Fres
Alaniz, CE, pin Diaz, MtW
Arve, Buch, pin Lazcano, Del
Cisneros, Red, pin Orozco, Mad
113: Camposano, Central, tech fall Nava, Del
Morita, CW, dec. Sarabia, Fron
Gilliland, Clov, pin Teran, Port
Figueroa, Bak, tech fall Aguirre, GW
Lloren, Buch, maj dec. Gonzalez, East
Rosas, Reed, dec. Pena, Red
Perez, Foot, pin Deloza, CN
Gamble, Mon, pin Cruz, West
UPDATED, 12:51 p.m.: The second round, plus the first round of consolation, is well under way here, but I'm going to run over to the press conference to introduce David Fanucchi as the new East football coach on the other side of campus. I'll be playing second-round catch-up when I come back, probably around 1:30.
UPDATED, 12:40 p.m.: Here are team scores after the first round. Note that this does not include that final heavyweight result, so Madera should have two more points or so, which would get the Coyotes into a tie for ninth place.
1. Clovis 55.5; 2. Buchanan 48; 3. Bakersfield 41.5; 4. Clovis West 38; 5. Porterville 36; 6. Mission Oak 34; 7. Frontier 33; 8. Sanger 32; 9. Central 30; 10. Monache 28.5 11. Madera 28; 12. Lemoore 26; 13. Foothill 25; 14. Clovis East 24; 15. Madera South 23.
UPDATED, 12:37 p.m.: We're waiting on one more heavyweight result before the first round is complete. There's an officiating dispute in the match between No. 6 seed Mark Guerrero of North and Madera's Roy Powell. So far, all of the top six seeds in every weight have gotten through to the round of 16. I'm too far from the mat to figure out exactly what's going on there, but it looks like Guerrero has been ruled the winner and Madera is disputing, either a call or the score.
Here are the rest of the heavyweight results. Another note: Bakersfield's freshman heavyweight, Daniel Schoene, was hurt during practice this week and defaulted out of the tournament. That leaves the Drillers with 13 qualifiers here, 12 of whom won their first round match. Clovis was 14-for-14, Buchanan 13-of-14, Porterville 11-of-14, Clovis West 10-of-14 and Frontier 10-of-13.
And the dispute is over, and it's acutally Roy Powell of Madera who is given the 6-5 decision after that dispute. So North's Guerrero, at No. 6, is the highest seed to lose in the first round.
HWT: Nevills, Clov, pin Sanchez, Lib
Moreno, Sunny, pin Borcellas, Han
Rangel, ElD, pin Roberts, Sang
Madrigal, Port, dec. Bueno, East
Bautista, Foot, dec. Garris, Centennial OT
Vance, Ed, pin Hernandez, Hoov
Bibiano, CE, pin Oneal, MO
Delgado, GW, pin Bravo, MM
Snyder, Fron, pin Ibarra, Lem
Robles, Buch, dec. Alonzo, TU
Organista, South, pin Sayaseng, McL
Powell, Mad, dec. Guerrero North
Espiritu, Reed, pin Sanchez, MtW
Parks, Central, pin Akroush, High
Cox, CW, pin Quintanilla, GV
Villanueva, MS, pin Magana, Mon
UPDATED, 12:18 p.m.: No upsets at 220 pounds. Just found out also that Clovis' Nick Nevills, the nation's No. 1 heavyweight, just broke the state record for career pins in his first-round match. Quite an accomplishment for an already storied high school wrestler.
220: Morales, CW, pin Magee, Sunny
Madrigal, Port, pin Goodwin, Fron
Olmedo, South, pin Flores, Red
Mask, Mad, dec. Garcia, High
Sanchez, Sang, bye
Cordona, Mon, pin Duran, MM
Romero, Central, bye
Gonzalez, Foot, bye
Yarbrough, Bak, pin Tripp, MO
Hattfield, North, bye
Cabral, RV, bye
Betancourt, Lem, dec. Halajian, CN
Lavatino, Buch, pin Jaramillo, GV
Chavez, MS, pin Lewis, GW
Song, Stock, pin Lozano, McL
Prentice, Clov, bye
UPDATED, 12:08 p.m. Just about caught up. Here are 195-pound results, and they're wrestling 220 and heavyweights on the mats now. Another seed loses, No. 7 Eric Saavedra of Highland, who goes down 6-1 to Porterville's Basilio Paiste. One thing you see often is guys from really competitive leagues getting good results against guys who come from not-so-tough leagues.
We also have the end to a perfect first round for Bakersfield, with Frank Amaya losing a 10-8 decision to North's Jacob Lucas.
195: Weiss, Clov, pin Kelley, Red
Van Beek, MO, pin Valles, Hoov
Lucas, North, dec. Amaya, Bak
Meek, Han, pin Figueroa, TW
Parker, CE, dec. Ortiz, ElD
Schrien, Mon, maj dec. Munoz, South
Mitchell, Lib, maj dec. Bermudez, East
Dill, Buch, pin Brunoli, Mad
Lopez, RV, pin Bohanon, Sunny
Halajian, CN, pin Bourez, TU
Lowe, Lem, pin Barrena, Foot
Valladares, MS, pin Camacho, Central
Paiste, Port, dec. Saavedra, High
Salinas, Reed, pin Whetstone, MtW
Gonzales, Sang, pin Chavez, West
Bailey, Fron, dec. Ku, CW
UPDATED, 11:58 a.m.: More results at 182. Another seed goes down: No. 8 Jose Bautista of Redwood, suffering a third-period pin to Sunnyside's Erick Moreno.
182: Gamboa, Mad, pin Rangel, CW
Lora, Foot, pin Thomas, Lib
Lugo, West, dec. Garcia, Del
Moreno, Sunny, pin Bautista, Red
Taylor, CE, bye
Perez, Roos, pin Tucker, Bull
Thompson, Port, pin Lemus, GW
Montejo, Fron, pin Fuentes, GV
A. Nevills, Clov, tech fall Marez, Sang
Johnson, Han, pin Baraza, TU
Ramirez, Central, bye
Alvarado, MO, pin Kline, North
Stutte, Fres, pin Rodriguez, MS
Morris, MtW, dec. Galindo, Mon
Rosales, Bak, dec. Deleon, High
An, Buch, pin Mireles, South
UPDATED, 11:52 a.m.: Here we go at 170. Buchanan's Esequiel Olivera couldn't overcome a tough draw against No. 4 Chris Moran of Sanger, so the Bears are no longer perfect in the first round. Only Bakersfield and Clovis at this point. Four weights to go after this.
170: Martin, Bak, tech fall, Macias, Central
Marrujo, Mad, bye
Gonzales, MO, pin Contreras, South
Je. Maas, Lib, dec. Piper, Lem
Marple, Red, pin Arenas, Sunny
Dhanoa, GV, dec. Binger, North
Ames, Port, dec. Padilla, ElD
Moran, Sang, pin Olivera, Buch
Flores, CN, dec. Robledo, Hoov
Byrd, Fron, pin Parks, Han
Chavez, MS, dec. Cruz, Mon
Glavan, MtW, pin Wilson, RV
Gonzalez, Roos, forf Chamalbide, TU
Scott, Ed, pin Grimaldo, Foot
Brand, Clov, bye
UPDATED, 11:44 a.m.: All seeds through at 160, with Clovis, Buchanan and Bakersfield continuing perfect first rounds.
160: J. Hokit, Clov, bye
Komin, Fron, pin Vasquez, Sunny
Ramirez, Central, dec. Castro, Red
Leypon, Mon, tech fall Martinez, High
Fuentes, GV, maj dec. Moskowitz, TU
Velasquez, North, bye
Lierly, CW, pin Sanchez, ElD
Ja. Maas, Lib, maj dec. Lopez, MS
Loera, Bak, pin Reynoso, Ed
Belshay, Buch, dec. Cortez, Port
Osunde, Lem, bye
White, Centennial, pin Cortez, CW
Duran, Teh, maj dec. Torres, South
Chapa, Mad, dec. Ortiz, Fres
Booth, Han, dec. Miracle, Hoov
Callender, CE, pin Masonheimer, MO
UPDATED, 11:39 a.m.: Two more upsets at 152, both with locals going down: No. 7 seed Brandon Fonseca of West loses 12-7 to Fresno's Gino Maciel, and No. 8 seed Juan Chocoteco of Foothill drops a wild 12-10 decision to Golden West's Paul Hansen. Gotta be ready to go here, because there are plenty of good wrestlers.
152: Kincaid, Clov, bye
Gamboa, Fron, pin Cooper, Hoov
Jones, South, pin Marshall, Ed
Hansen, GW, dec. Chocoteco, Foot
Alvarado, MO, pin Menendez, High
Sherwood, CN, maj dec. Aldama, ElD
Ibarra, Sang, pin Moreno, Stock
Romero, Buch, bye
Pagela, Port, pin Mattson, North
Quintana, CE, maj dec. Ocotlan, Sunny
Flores, MtW, tech fall Romero, GV
Lee, Centennial, dec. Maciel, MS
Maciel, Fres, dec. Fonseca, West
Ruiz, Mon, pin Trejino, Lib
Gonzales, Bak, pin Villafana, Red
Zimmer, CW, pin Romero, Mad
UPDATED, 11:29 a.m.: So here's the 145-pound results, which means I've gotten through half the weights. So far, all seven wrestlers from Clovis, Buchanan and Bakersfield have advanced to the round of 16. Clovis West, the other favorite, has just five through — with both losses coming at the hands of seeded Bakersfield wrestlers. Everything according to plan so far.
145: Garcia, CW, bye
McMillan, Mad, pin Carranza, Port
Romero, Lem, dec. Solan, Fres OT
Gutierrez, Bak, pin Turner, North
Lopez, Hoov, maj dec. Munoz, Red
Tootle, Foot, pin De La Cruz, Del
Guerrero, RV, pin Castillo, Stock
Hill, Clov, pin Fuentes, MS
Sanchez, Sang, pin Manzo, Lib
Gaines, MtW, bye
Lemus, East, pin Montiel, Central
Demaree, ElD, pin Robles, Mon
Dias, MO, dec. Lopez, Sunny
Beltran, MM, dec. McGuire, CN
Garten, Fron, dec. Fletcher, TU
Francis, Buch, pin Pippin, GW
UPDATED, 11:22 a.m.: Here are 138-pound results. Bakersfield's Josh Annis beats No. 8 seed Aaron Watts of Redwood, 4-0. Otherwise seeds continue to hold.
138: Contreras, Port, pin Gonzalez, Roos
Jimenez, CN, maj dec. Mendoza, Mad
Perez, High, pin Moreno, RV
Annis, Bak, dec. Watts, Red
Treiberg, Centennial, dec. McDarment, ElD
Esquibel, Buch, tech fall, Conteras, TU
Rodriguez, North, dec. Simental, GV
Barnes, Clov, pin Garcia, MS
Lane, CW, pin Alcala, MM
Barlow, Han, dec. Milinich, Mon
Arevalo, Teh, def. Garcia, TW
Santore-Tovar, Lib, maj dec. Johnson, Bull
Soto, Sang, pin Rodriguez, Central
Gonzales, Lem, dec. Marin, Foot
Domingo, MO, pin Gonzalez, South
Jauregui, CE, maj dec. Cerda, Sunny
UPDATED, 11:14 a.m.: I'm still catching up with results here and haven't gotten to watch much live wrestling, but I know y'all are hungry for results. About three more weights to go before we're caught up.
132: Ontiveros, Central, bye
Huml, Lem, bye
Allen, Teh, dec. Armijo, Centennial
Gutierrez, Hoov, pin Villarreal, Bull
Enriquez, MO, bye
Gonzalez, RV, pin Connelly, Lib
Dobbins, CN, dec. Zozaya, High
Harris, Red, pin Munoz, Mad
Hansen, Buch, pin Lopez, Sunny
Wright, Stock, pin Flores, Han
Benzier, Sang, pin Macias, South
Garcia, Fron, maj dec. Baker, North
Onsurez, Bak, dec. Miguel, CW
Escalera, GV, maj dec. Stalnaker, GV
Solano, MS, maj dec. Cardenas, ElD
I. Hokit, Clov, pin Paullin, Port
UPDATED, :10:57 a.m. Upsets! We have upsets. Both the No. 7 and 8 seeds at 126 pounds go down in the first round. And neither match was all that close. Tulare Union's Alex Tejada beat No. 7 Charles Hord of Golden Valley, 15-9, and Frontier's Calloway Morphis sprung an 8-1 surprise on No. 8 Michael Rodriguez of Hoover.
Another match of note at this weight: Foothill's Albert Escalera scored 12 points in the third period alone to beat El Diamante's Skyler Huskey in a 23-14 shootout. Wow.
126: Pengilly, Port, pin Rauf, CN
Escalera, Foot, maj dec. Huskey, ElD
Strausser, Bull, pin Tamez, MtW
Morphis, Fron, dec. Rodriguez, Hoov
Gaxiola, Buch, pin Chairez, West
Morgret, North, pin Rivera, MO
Martin, Stock, tech fall Maldonado, Sunny
Ruiz, Mad, pin Fisher, Red
Olivas, Clov, maj dec. Cardoza, Hoov
Gueymock, South, dec. De La Cruz, Del
Hill, Lem, pin Pacheco, Roos
Nickell, Bak, maj dec. Zaragosa, MS
Tejada, TU, dec. Hord, GV
Vera, Central, pin Molina, Han
Hooten, Mon, dec. Campos, Sang
Knoblauch, CW, bye
UPDATED, 10:49 a.m.: 120-pound results. Lots of byes at this weight. Still no upsets to report.
120: Gaytan, Clov, bye
Cortes, MS, pin Bishop, GV
White, Sunny, pin Loehner, Mon
Corona, Han, pin Janney, Teh
Velasquez, Foot, bye
Perez, Port, pin Soto, Reed
Chhim, Ed, bye
Herrera, Bak, maj dec. Espana, CW
Welton, Fron, pin Daniels, South
Delgado, ElD, pin Ramirez, Del
Romine, Mad, bye
Quintos, Central, pin Torres, Hoov
Jimenez, Buch, pin Rios, High
Aguirre, GW, dec. Phelps, MO
Flores, Sang, pin Gonzales, Roos
Torres, Red, maj dec. Butler, West
UPDATED, 10:41 a.m.: Here we go at 113. Seeded wrestlers are usually heavy favorites in this early round, and I haven't come across any surprises yet. Lots of time for that to come, though, and we did have a close call: No. 8 seed Bryce Morita of Clovis West needed a third-period takedown to beat Madera's Jimmy Costa, 7-6 at 113 pounds. Survive and advance.
113 pounds: Camposano, Central, pin Diaz, MtW
Nava, Del, pin Casillas, Roos
Sarabia, Fron, pin Aubrey, MM
Morita, CW, dec. Costa, Mad
Gilliland, Clov, pin Silva, GV
Teran, Port, pin Davila, High
Aguirre, GW, bye
Figueroa, Bak, pin Barragan, Ed
Lloren, Buch, pin Lopez, Lem
Gonzalez, East, dec. Meyer, Stock
Pena, Red, pin Gautam, South
Rosas, Reed, pin Gonzalez, Sang
Perez, Foot, pin Zepeda, Fres
Cruz, West, dec. Bustos, MS
Gamble, Mon, pin Cannavino, Han
UPDATED, 10:33 a.m.: OK, until I get caught up, I'm just going to list some raw results from each weight as they come in. Brackets aren't readily available to attach, so I'll do complete matchups — in the order they're listed on the bracket. That means the top two winners face off in the second round, the next two winners, etc.
106 pounds: Mejia, Clov, pin Cardoso, Han
Zertuche, MS, dec. Chevy-Garcia, South
Bracamonte, East, pin Rodriguez, Lib
Nelms, Port, bye
Demison, Bak, pin Pacheco, Sang
Salazar, GV, dec. Boutvyseth, Sunny
Demerath, Mon, pin Hutcherson, West
Marin, CW, pin Helo, GW
Campbell, MO, pin Mares, Fron
Vargas, Fres, pin Sanchez, Central
Diaz, MtW, pin Saldpour, Bull
Alaniz, CE, pin Stovall, Foot
Arve, Buch, pin Nunez, MM
Lazcano, Del, dec. Zavala, Lem
Orozco, Mad, by forfeit over Cervantes, Reed
Cisneros, Red, pin Kuntz, High
UPDATED, 10:22 a.m.: I've made my way to East, found parking and carved out a spot at the head table. There was a slight delay because some officials were late, but the massive first round is about a third of the way through here. I know a lot of people are clamoring for brackets, but they're using a new computer program here and everything is a little bit sticky right now. I'm sure things will run smoother as the weekend goes along.
I'll have some early results next.
ORIGINAL POST: I'm about to head over to East High for the early rounds of the Yosemite Divisional wrestling tournament. I'll be there all weekend, keeping a live blog running almost the entire time to keep you updated on the big early-round results and upsets, the late-round showdowns and the march towards the state championships March 7-8 in Rabobank Arena.
Here's the skinny on this tournament: There are 32 wrestlers in each bracket, which represents roughly 80 percent of the wrestlers at big schools in the section (the small schools are competing at the Sierra-Sequoia Divisional in Dinuba this weekend). So it wasn't all that difficult for guys to get here.
What will be difficult is for them to get very far. The rubber starts to hit the road early on, with multiple state-ranked wrestlers in every weight class — and even five guys nationally ranked at their weight by Intermat. That includes the nation's top heavyweight, Clovis senior Nick Nevills.
Ah, Clovis. The Cougars are three-time defending state champions and ranked No. 3 nationally as a team. They got that lofty ranking by winning their own very prestigious Doc Buchanan Invitational, going to Ohio to win the Strongman Invitational against some of the best teams in the Midwest wrestling hotbed, and then dominating the Tri-River Athletic Conference (TRAC) against competition the likes of national No. 35 Clovis West and No. 37 Buchanan. Clovis has the top seed in six of 14 weight classes here, and other TRAC schools have four No. 1 seeds. The others? Two for Porterville and one each for Madera and Bakersfield.
Bakersfield, a traditional wrestling power in its own right, has its youngest team in some time. The Drillers have five freshmen among their 14 qualifiers here. The only top seed is 170-pounder Bryce Martin, who's the defending section champion and ranked No. 2 in the state. The Drillers almost certainly won't catch Clovis (or Clovis West or Buchanan) this weekend in the team race, but they will try to qualify as many wrestlers as they can for next week's Central Section Masters at Madera South, which is a state qualifier. Same goes for Frontier and its 13 Yosemite qualifiers, and SEYL champion Foothill and its 12 qualifiers.
The top eight finishers in each weight class get tickets to Masters, and the ninth-place guy will be an alternate in case one of the top eight gets hurt or can't make weight next week. That will mostly be decided tomorrow — though anyone who's able to win three matches today and reach Saturday morning's semifinals is guaranteed a spot in the top six and therefore a spot in Masters.
So that's what's at stake in one of the toughest state qualifiers in the country. We'll be set to go shortly, and I'll be here to bring you all the action live.