County trio all loses in state wrestling semifinals

The drought of no state champions from San Bernardino County will extend to eight years.
The three semifinalists from the county, all lost Saturday morning here in Bakersfield.
third-ranked Matt Welch (Sultana, 112) lost to No. 1 Alex Cisneros of Selma 4-2 in the semifinals when he was unable to get a reversal in the final seconds.
Third-ranked Sean Silva (Barstow, 119) lost to second-ranked Bryan Grubbs of La Costa Canyon 5-2 in his match.
Fourth-ranked Chris Mecate (REV, 125) lost the toughest one of all, dropping a 3-1 decision in overtime to second-ranked Chris Martinez of Fresno Clovis West.
All three are in consolation, but can now finish no higher than third.
Welch’s teammate, heavyweight Manuel Mazariegos won his first match to clinch a spot among the top eight.
Oak Hills’ Robert Marchese (160) became the first state placer in the first year of the school’s existence, and is currently wrestling in consolation. Teammate Ray Delgado did not place.
Rialto’s Giordan Porter and Colony’s Cody Dixon, both hoping to become their schools’ first state placers, lost their first matches Saturday and were eliminated.

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