This weekend featured one of the most prominent state championship events in the country, California. Even though it is a huge state, they still only have one class of competition and one true champion at each weight class. Wrestlers need to battle through 40-man brackets and have to go through a difficult qualifying process just to earn a berth at the CIF Championships in Bakersfield. Seven of the top 40 teams in the country hail from California and were in action. There was also plenty of controversy surrounding the event itself this year, as the boys and girls championships were held simultaneously and there were many logistical changes that irritated long-time fans of the tournament.
Here is a look at some of the interesting items from the California State Championships (Boys). We will be focusing on the girl's tournament separately.
106 lbs - Richie Figueroa (Selma)
113 lbs - Tristan Lujan (Selma)
120 lbs - Maximo Renteria (Buchanan)
126 lbs - Aaron Nagao (Esperanza)
132 lbs - Kyle Parco (De La Salle)
138 lbs - Jesse Vasquez (Excelsior Charter)
145 lbs - Jaden Abas (Rancho Bernardo)
152 lbs - Sonny Santiago (St. John Bosco)
160 lbs - Matthew Olguin (Buchanan)
170 lbs - Trey Munoz (Trabuco Hills)
182 lbs - Nathan Haas (St. John Bosco)
195 lbs - Ryan Reyes (Gilroy)
220 lbs - Jacob Good (Clovis)
285 lbs - Michael Jeffus (Turlock)
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