32 California grapplers head to the semifinal round
Heading into the final session of Friday night, 32 wrestlers from the Golden State were still competing for a Doc Buchanan title. Buchanan High sent the most with seven wrestlers, while St. John Bosco sent four and Clovis three. Of the 14 weight classes, the 106, 113, 120, 152, 160, 182, 220, and 285 had three California wrestlers still vying for an individual title. The 126, 132, 138, all have one wrestler from California competing in the semifinal round. Defending two-time state champion Maximo Renteria (Buchanan) found himself all alone in the 126-weight bracket, while Wayne Joint of Lemoore High and Isaac Salas of St. John Bosco are the lone representatives from California at 132 and 138-pounds.
Rancho Bernardo senior Tyler Badgett (152) earned the 100th pin of his scholastic career at the Doc Buchanan tournament. He pinned Isaiah Ontiveros of Pitman High in 2:51 of their match. Badgett is a California state finalist and will be taking his talent to Old Dominion University. Currently undefeated o the season, Badgett will kickoff things tomorrow versus the No. 1 seed Chase Saldate of Gilroy High.
Three No. 1’s go down
Three number one seeded wrestlers in the tournament went down during Friday night’s session. At 106, Tyler Vasquez (Delbarton, N.J.) lost a tough 11-9 overtime victory of Michael Torres of Oakdale. Vasquez made waves at the Beast of the East tournament last weekend as he knocked out Cadet World Champion Marc-Anthony McGowan (Blair Academy, NJ) 1-0 to advance to the finals. Michigan recruit Fidel Mayora (Montini Catholic, IL) lost a nail-biter of a match to Logan Gioffre of Buchanan in overtime. The last No. 1 to go down in the early rounds was Franklin Cruz (Pomona, CO). Cruz lost a wild match to Daemyen Middlebrooks (Oak Park-River Forest, IL) that saw 15 points being racked up in the third period.
The No. 1 wrestler in the country 113-pounds Richard Figueroa of Selma High, is wrestling on all cylinders. The Arizona State recruit has outscored the opposition 18-1 and has recorded two falls and a 10-0 major decision in the tournament. He has the opportunity to become Selma’s High first-ever four-time Doc Buchanan champion in 2021.
Only the 126, 160, 182, and 195 weight classes had the top eight seeds advance to the quarterfinals. the 113-weight class was also close with the seeds one through six advancing along with number eight. The only upset, and a slight one at that, was 10th seed Yuisef Lillie (Tahoma, Washington) moving along.
Lowest seed advancing to the semifinals round
Two wrestlers seeded # 12 in their respective weight classes advanced to the semifinal round at Doc Buchanan. They are St. John Bosco’s Isaac Salas (138) and Clovis West Joe Alaniz (285). Former Walsh Jesuit Ironman place winner, Salas, were able to hold off California state runner-up Henry Porter of Gilroy High 7-6. Alaniz defeated Montini Catholic grappler Colin Baker 7-2 to advance to the semifinal round.