In addition to T.J.’s previous post about REV’s Chris Mecate (seeded third) winning the 119 pound title at the Five Counties Wrestling Invitational last Friday, there were seven more wrestlers from the county who placed at state.
The were three county wrestlers placing in the 112 pound class, as Oak Hills’ unseeded Ray Delgado was second, Sultana’s unseeded Matt Welch was fifth and Ayala’s unseeded Andrew Delgado was eighth.
At 135 pounds, Victor Valley’s unseeded Chris Swayze took seventh, while Carter’s Chuck Wilson, also unseeded was eighth at 140. REV’s sixth-seeded Andrew Hudson took seventh at 215 and Sultana’s fifth-seeded Manny Mazariegos was third at heavyweight.
There were eight wrestlers in each weight class seeded prior to the event, and the top eight placed. As far as I can tell, Mecate, Hudson and Mazariegos were the only county wrestlers who were seeded, yet not only did they all place, but five others from the county who were unseeded placed.
Looks to me like county wrestlers are deserving of a little more respect than what was given to them at the seeding meeting.