Here is a glance at the 8 Inland Valley wrestlers competing at state. Rankings are from TheCaliforniaWrestler.com. I will be reporting from Bakersfield for the State Championships. Follow me at twitter.com/PeteMarshallLaw for updates.
Toughest draw: Kenny Clark, Carter (285) and Nathan Rodriguez, Diamond Bar (182) Clark,ranked No. 7, should have an easy second round match, but would face No. 1 Nick Nevills of Clovis in the third round. Rodriguez, ranked 27th, gets top-ranked Adrian Salas in the 1st round.
Best first match: Jon Solano, Los Osos (170)
While some first matchups appear one-sided, the No. 6 Solano faces another wrestler in the top half of the rankings: No. 18 Dylan Kainrath of Del Oro.
Best chance to place for someone ranked outside of top 8: Garrick Gurney, Chino Hills (170).
Gurney, ranked 13th, doesn’t have to face anyone higher than No. 12 en route to the quarterfinals.
Here they are, wrestler by wrestler. With first matchup
106: No. 30 Alex Garcia, So., Rialto vs. No. 12 Jimmie Lopez, Jr., Christopher, in 2nd round
126: No. 22 Daniel Romero, Sr., Montclair vs. No. 16 Josh Sibayan, Jr., Monache, in 2nd round
132: No. 29 Justus Cervantes, Sr., Los Osos vs. No. 22 Aaron Mora, So., Firebaugh in 1st round
145: No. 28 Brad Pearce, Jr., Alta Loma vs. No. 10 Lorenzo De La Riva, So., Folsom in 2nd round
170: No. 6 Jon Solano, Sr., Los Osos vs. No. 18 Dylan Kainrath, Jr., Del Oro in 1st round
No. 13 Garrick Gurney, Sr., Chino Hills vs. No. 37 Tucker Gulliford, Sr., Red Bluff in 2nd round
182: No. 27 Nathan Rodriguez, Sr., Diamond Bar, vs. No. 1 Adrian Salas, Sr., Clovis in 1st round
285: No. 7 Kenny Clark, Sr., Carter vs. No. 25 Jacob Clausen, Sr., Newark Memorial in 2nd round.