A rough go of it at Rabobank
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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 Arena. The last time no county wrestler placed was 2003.
Below are capsules of how it went down:
Ponderosa’s Providence (160 pounds) was ranked 12th in the state coming in and finished 2-2, but he said he fell short of his goals.
“I was looking to place, and maybe to win it. I thought 160 was a winnable weight class,” said the senior, who also wrestled at the state meet last year. “It came down to a few mistakes I made and that cost me.”
His Friday started well with a pin in 3:59 of Hunberto Fernandez of Kerman, but he dropped an 11-9 decision to Brandon Lefore of Sobrato (Morgan Hill) who jumped out to an 11-1 lead with a series of tilts and near fall points before Providence battled back.
He fell to consolation and stayed alive with an 8-1 triumph over Los Angeles City Section champ Malik Tornes but he lost 3-2 to Nick Callender of Clovis East in his next match to end his tournament.
The Oak Ridge sophomore came in ranked 13th in the state and won his first match, but things didn’t go well from there. Claiborne (138) won 4-1 over Dominic Hernandez of Canyon Springs before dropping a 9-0 shutout to Sergio Enloe of Poway, who finished fourth.
Rhyan said that loss had a big effect on Claiborne and carried into his next match, an 8-6 loss to Tyler Lawrence of Escalon, who placed lower than Claiborne at last week’s Masters.
“The kid he lost to was a ranked kid. If you’re a little down you will pay for it and that’s what happened,” Rhyan said. “He’s lucky he’s young. He will work his butt off and come back tougher.”
Redhair (145) fell 11-3 to Jared Hill of Clovis to start his day, and lost 4-2 to Haden Fry of Vacaville, a wrestler he also lost to at Masters. The Trojan junior said just being in Bakersfield was reason enough to celebrate, as he has a chance again next year.
“I just wanted to make the tournament. I’ve wrestled in a few tournaments close to as big as this, but nothing like it,” he said.
Rhyan said Redhair’s season exceeded expectations.
“He had a great tournament, close losses,” he said.
Portilla (170) fell in a 36-second pin in his first match against Chris Bailey of Poway, a San Diego Section champion. The Oak Ridge senior then moved to consolation where he succumbed to Bryce Decamargo of Santiago (Corona) in a 13-6 decision.
Portilla, No. 14 in the state, fought with an injury at the worst time of the year.
“It was a tough break,” Rhyan said. “We had to forfeit him out to sixth at Masters. That injury limited him.”
Portilla said the day didn’t go the way he wanted.
“My ultimate goal was to make the tournament, but also to place. I was disappointed, but happy to experience what this is all about,” the senior said.
Sagal (182), a senior ranked 17th, brought home a victory for the Trojans, as he won 9-3 over Wasco’s Jose Robledo. He dropped a tight 4-2 decision to Redwood’s Nathan Morris, who placed sixth, and then fell 6-2 to Poway’s Andrew Tausch.
“Those were such close matches,” Rhyan said. “At this tournament it all can come down to one little move.”
Sagal said his approach was simple.
“I was just wanting to wrestle hard,” he said.
The most successful day for the Trojans belonged to the senior who placed seventh at Masters. He was one win away from making the second day. McVay throttled Alex Ku of Clovis West in a 20-9 rout to kick things off before falling 12-2 to Dylan Bollinger of Sultana, who finished seventh.
In consolation he pinned Alex Ojelabi of Western in 4:26 to stay alive but his day ended when Erik Medina of Jesuit caught him in a 2:06 pin.
“He came to wrestle. He did a really good job,” Rhyan said. “We are excited with how he did.”
McVay, a very lighthearted competitor, said he was more than pleased.
“I was in the top 16 in California, and I’ll take that any day,” the senior said. “I’ve got no regrets, I exceeded my expectations.”
Hustrulid (138) had a tough draw to open in facing North Coast Section’s Jacob Macalolody of James Logan, ranked ninth in the state coming in. Macalolody, a three-time state qualifier who went on to take seventh place, scored a 16-1 technical fall win to drop the Bruin to the consolation bracket.
Against O’Connell’s Ben Castillo, the San Francisco Section’s No. 1 seed, Hustrulid prevailed on a second-period fall but his tournament ended after a 7-5 setback to Valencia’s Joe Singleton.
Shamblin (170) drew Bakersfield’s Bryce Martin to open, another unfortunate first-round matchup for area wrestlers. Martin, a returning state medalist and the Central Section’s No. 1, defeated Shamblin 12-0 and the next day finished second in the 170-pound weight class.
In consolations, Shamblin battled San Clemente’s Mike Marshall to register the pin but was eliminated 6-5 in a loss to Monte Vista’s Aaron Wu
As juniors, both Hustrulid and Shamblin will return for Ponderosa.