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Quartet battled to the end

BAKERSFIELD — It doesn’t rival the glory days of Ponderosa High sending multiple wrestlers to the podium at the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, but this year’s Bruins were a formidable force at the state meet. Aside from Zack Velasquez’s title in the 152-pound class, Ponderosa’s other two qualifiers each went 2-2 at Rabobank Arena to […]

Velasquez captures 152-pound title

Bruin perfect 55-0 record BAKERSFIELD — For the third time in its illustrious history, Ponderosa High wrestling crowned a state champion. Bruin senior Zack Velasquez (152-pounds) capped off an undefeated season Saturday with a state title at the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, as he outlasted Justin Thomas of Santiago (Corona) in a 2-1 double-overtime […]

Claiborne takes fifth place

BAKERSFIELD — Brandon Claiborne celebrated a stellar wrestling performance in a way that very few do: Sitting on the trainers’ table getting his knee looked at. That was just collateral damage from the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, where the Oak Ridge junior earned a fifth-place medal at Rabobank Arena on Saturday. A knee […]

Bakersfield breakdown for area grapplers

A rough go of it at Rabobank BAKERSFIELD – El Dorado County has established a solid resume of success at the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield but 2014 will go down as a departure. Eight areas wrestlers competed but none made it to the second day, a rarity for the annual event at Rabobank […]

Camilli takes 7th

BAKERSFIELD — Jeff Camilli was also returning to Rabobank for the state finals but under different circumstances as the Fresno State scholarship football player/heavyweight wrestler didn’t wrestle during the regular season, only in the postseason. “I placed, I’m happy. But at the same time I’m disappointed because if I would have wrestled the whole season […]

Two Bruins medal at state tournament

Troquato 4th best BAKERSFIELD – The last time a Ponderosa High wrestler earned a medal at the California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships, Nick Troquato and Jeff Camilli were in seventh grade and the top song on the Billboard Top 100 was “Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna. By Ponderosa standards, that’s a pretty long […]

Keaton Subjeck state’s fifth-best 160-pounder

BAKERSFIELD — They’re all about paying it forward in the Oak Ridge wrestling program. And judging by the payouts on the medal podium, it’s a system that commands respect. Trojan junior Keaton Subjeck added his name (again) to the list of Oak Ridge wrestlers to place in the Top 8 at the California Interscholastic Federation State […]

Folsom wins state title

CARSON — A steady barrage was interrupted by two feverish bursts Saturday in the Division II CIF State Football Championship game. That’s not a rain reference. It was awful weather and awful field conditions at the Home Depot Center on the California State University Dominguez Hills campus, but anyone associated with the Folsom High football […]

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