Sultana senior 145-pounder Cody Bollinger was ranked No. 3 in the state in his weight class and was facing No. 2-ranked Alex Rodriguez of Fresno Washington Union in the semifinals of the CIF State Wrestling Championships Saturday morning in Bakersfield.
Predictably it was close.
But an 8-4 deficit in the third period was too much for Bollinger to overcome, and Rodriguez held on for an 8-7 victory.
Bollinger still has a chance to finish as high as third.
A total of four San Bernardino County wrestlers made it to Day 2 of the competition.
After getting pinned in the quarterfinals Friday night, Redlands East Valley’s Andrew Hudson (215) came back with a double-overtime, 2-1 win over Hunter Baird of Palma in the first round of consolation Saturday to secure a spot in the top 8.
Like Hudson, Barstow’s Sean Silva (112) lost in the quarterfinals but came back to win his first match Saturday, via pin over Aaron LaFarge of La Habra to make the top 8.
It was not as good a day for Bollinger’s teammate, Ryan Fillingame (125). Fillingame had to default from his quarterfinal match because of a migraine headache. He then defaulted his first match Saturday and was eliminated. At this point, I’m not sure if Fillingame defaulted because he still had the migraine or if it was for the other reason coach Rocky Humphrey said was a possibility on Friday. That he would have to hydrate too much to get rid of the migraine that he might not be able to make weight Saturday morning.