We are days away from having the best teams and individuals from the state of California and around the country compete in the always tough Doc Buchanan tournament. The tournament will take place at Clovis High on Jan. 6th and 7th. The two-time Clash tournament champions, Buchanan High, are the favorite to capture the tournament again this week. Returning wrestlers seeking a second title include Nick Aguilar (Gilroy), Josh Nava (Pueblo County, CO), Anthony Montalvo (Buchanan), and Cohl Schultz (Ponderosa, CO). Justin Mejia (Clovis), Layne Van Anrooy (Roseburg, OR), and Seth Nevills (Clovis) will be in search of their third cowboy hat.
Super 32 champion Antonio Lorenzo (Del Oro) should be the odds-on favorite to win his first cowboy hat this week. Thus far, he has won the Clovis West Shootout and was successful in winning the Sierra Nevada Classic last week. Lorenzo should get a challenge from double Fargo Cadet runner-up Brendon Garcia (Pueblo County, CO). This is the first tournament for Garcia. If he does compete, he could walk away with the title.
Cole Reyes (Frontier) was a state qualifier last year and finished in the blood round of the Doc Buchanan tournament. Tristan Lujan (Selma) is a tough freshman who has recently dropped to the 106-pound weight class. He will be someone the fans might want to check out as he could surprise some people this week.
Other wrestlers we can’t exclude that could make their way onto the podium include Giano Petrucelli (Clovis), UWW Cadet All-American Wyatt Yapoujian (Pomona, CO), Noah Padilla (Victor Valley), and Fargo Cadet All-American Tim Levine (St. John Bosco).
Two returning Doc Buchanan champions, a three-time Fargo national champion, a CIF California state champion, and the 2016 Walsh Jesuit Ironman tournament runner-up are all scheduled to compete in this weight class this week. Three-time Fargo champion Nic Aguilar (Gilroy) is up a weight class and ready to win a second consecutive Doc Buchanan title. Last year, he defeated Matt Olguin (Buchanan) in the finals, 3-0. Olguin returned the favor at the state tournament as he defeated Aguilar 11-4 in the finals. Olguin is currently undefeated with a 16-0 record. Fab freshman Jesse Vasquez (St. John Bosco) is rested and ready to claim his first cowboy hat this week. During the month of December, he placed second at the Walsh Jesuit Ironman tournament. Josiah Nava (Pueblo County, CO) is the defending 113-pound champion and finished in the round of top 12 at the Ironman tournament.
Other wrestlers that will battle for an opportunity to be on the podium include Oregon state champion Hunter Sparks (Roseburg), Walsh Jesuit Ironman top 12 finisher Justin Pacheco (Pomona, CO), and California state qualifiers Jake Lilienstein (De La Salle), Riley Siason (Alvarez), Matthew Sanchez (Central), Dustin Chavez (Oakdale), and Oscar Nellis (Rancho Buena Vista).
Keep an eye on freshman Zane Romney of Simi Valley who is having a great season, thus far.
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