Here is a glance at the 17 San Bernardino County wrestlers competing at state. Rankings are from TheCaliforniaWrestler.com. I will be reporting live from Bakersfield at the State Championships. I will have updates on this blog, and also on twitter.com/PeteMarshallLaw
Toughest draw: Matt Williams, Sultana (182) and Kenny Clark, Carter (285).
Williams, ranked No. 7 has an easy first-round match, but then would face the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the second round and likely the No. 8 wrestler in the third round just to get to the quarterfinals. That’s a loaded section. Clark, also ranked No. 7, should have an easy second round match, but would face No. 1 Nick Nevills of Clovis in the third round.
Best first match: Corey Griego, Sultana (170)
Someone was going to be unhappy when Griego defaulted and took 6th at CIF-SS Masters. That person is Jonathon Costa of Escalon. Costa, ranked 10th, will face No. 1-ranked Griego.
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
113: No. 20 Jorge Carbajal, Sr., Bloomington, vs. No. 9 Gabe Balderas, Sr., Ceres, in 2nd round
120: No. 33 Hector Ruvalcaba, Sr., Victor Valley vs. No. 6 Jonas Gaytan, Sr., Clovis 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
138: No. 13 Uzo Owuama, Jr., Bloomington vs. No. 7 Sergio Enloe, Jr., Poway, in 2nd round
145: No. 28 Brad Pearce, Jr., Alta Loma vs. No. 10 Lorenzo De La Riva, So., Folsom in 2nd round
170: No. 1 Corey Griego, Jr., Sultana, vs. No. 10 Jonathan Costa, Sr., Escalon in 2nd round
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
No. 26 Blake Fifer, Jr., Victor Valley, vs. No. 7 Jovan Villalobos, Sr., Alisal, in 2nd round.
182: No. 7 Matt Williams, Jr. Sultana, vs. No. 38 Chase Gildea, Jr., Sutter in 1st round
No. 30 Marcus Vargas, Sr., Bloomington vs. No. 10 Jackson Grout, Sr., Buchanan in 2nd round
195: No. 21 Anthony Hernandez, Sr., Oak Hills vs, No. 6 Gabriel Gonzalez, Jr.., Washington Union, 1st round
No. 24 Dylan Bollinger, Jr., Sultana vs. No. 3 Trevor Smith, Sr., Ripon, 1st round
220: No. 2 Derrick Jones, Jr., Bloomington vs. No. 18 Aidan Lacy, Sr., Sonoma in 1st round
285: No. 7 Kenny Clark, Sr., Carter vs. No. 25 Jacob Clausen, Sr., Newark Memorial in 2nd round.