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Clovis High School

 

106 - Justin Mejia, Sophomore

CA State Champion '14

FLO All-American '14

 

113 - Tristian Gilliland, Senior

7th CA State '14

 

126 - Khristian Olivas, Senior

State Qualifier '14

Flo All-American '14

4th CA State '13

 

132 - Isaiah Hokit, Senior

3rd CA State '14

6th CA State '13

4th CA State '12

 

138 - Lane Barnes, Senior

State Qualifier '14

 

145 - Jared Hill, Junior

State Qualifier '14

NHSCA All-American '14

 

152 - Dominic Kincaid, Senior

State Qualifier '14

 

160 - Josh Hokit, Junior

5th CA State '14

 

182 - AJ Nevills, Junior

7th CA State '14

 

220 - Adam Prentice, Senior

State Qualifier '14

 

285 - Hexton Coronado, Senior

State Qualifier '13

 

Buchanan High School

 

106 - Ross Arve, Senior

State Qualifier '14

 

113 - Durbin Lloren, Junior

5th CA State '14

NHSCA All-American '14

5th CA State '13

FLO All-American '13

 

120 - Alejandro Jimenez, Senior

State Qualifier '14

 

126 - Greg Gaxiola, Junior

State Qualifier '14

NHSCA All-American '14

 

132 - Kyler Hansen, Senior

State Qualifier '14

NHSCA All-American

 

138 - Dean Esquibel, Senior

State Qualifier '14

 

145 - Conner Francis, Senior

6th CA State '14

NHSCA All-American '14

 

152 - Abner Romero, Junior

8th CA State '14

NHSCA All-American '14

 

182 - Young Woo An, Senior

State Qualifier '14

NHSCA All-American '14

 

195 - Kai Dill, Senior

State Qualifier '14

 

220 - Zak Levatino, Junior

State Qualifier '14

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This is a long one, but the answer to your question is contained in the last paragraph. I included all of it, because I imagine there are a many on these forums who can relate. I did not write the following letter, and perhaps the numbers have changed slightly from what they were when I copied it 5 or 6 years ago, but they haven't changed much, if at all.

 

 

Every Wrestlers Last Match

There comes a time when every wrestler realizes his competitive career is over. Exactly when that moment occurs varies for each athlete. For some, that realization takes place in advance of their last match; those wrestlers who walk out onto the mat knowing it ends after that last handshake….that final display of sportsmanship. Others get caught up in the race for the top and don’t really want to think about what may be their last match. It is difficult to put an end to something to which you have given so much of yourself….to a sport that is truly like no other….the years of work…..of year-round, self-driven WORK….of the dieting (the dreaded “weight cutting”), running in the morning before school and again late at night after practice and homework and a dinner of far too few calories, those runs that allow for a contemplative time late at night or early in the morning when there is nobody there to motivate you….just you and the street. There are the summer sessions and camps and far away tournaments….all of which take place while your friends are on the water, at the beach, or vacationing in all those places you may have only seen in pictures.....because for you, there is an understanding that champions aren’t built under the lights in this winter-time sport, but rather in the obscure gyms and in the weight rooms and on the long and lonely roads in the summertime. However, sooner or later, every wrestler grasps the reality that he has wrestled his last match, and for many, that will happen this weekend.

Looking through the stands and in the corridors of the arena at the state championships each year, you will see wrestlers whose careers are over....young men who will never lace them up again. Sometimes you’ll see a mother, a sister, a “wrestlerette,” or a girlfriend crying while holding him; a father looking out onto the arena floor, silently thinking about what could have been….with tears in his eyes stemming from the pride he has in his son, and the fact that there will be no more of this. You see, behind every wrestler are many, many others, who quietly, deep within themselves, wrestle right alongside him. They feel the joy of victory and the pain of defeat as if it was their own. When the young boys "career" ends, much of the anguish their supporting casts feel is because it is also the end of something that has meant very much to THEM. For many, this has become their recreation of choice. They do not take many family “vacations,” because “vacation” time, and the money usually saved for such things, is spent chasing the next tournament, or sending the young warrior to an intensive camp…..and/or traveling to the wrestling hotbed that is the midwest….no, not the most glamorous of “vacation” spots by any means.

It is a long, difficult road from those very first matches in the pee-wee leagues, marked by many defeats, to the state championships. Somewhere in between, childhood came to an end. "Games" are no longer important and boys become men. Fortunate parents witness this beautiful transition. It is not without a great deal of pain and sacrifice for the wrestlers and families alike. For most wrestlers, simply qualifying for the California State Championships represents the single greatest achievement in their young lives. For all who make it, qualifying represents an experience they will never forget.

No one knows what drives these young men to work so hard and sacrifice so much. The rewards come from within. This sport of wrestling brings winning and losing together such that the combination means unparalleled self-improvement. This is the real reward. One wrestler can’t improve without the efforts of another. The champions owe a debt to the wrestlers they have wrestled and beaten. All wrestlers who finish behind the champions owe a debt to the champs because they have improved from the experience. Collectively, we all owe a debt to this great sport because we have all been touched by our involvement. It is by far, the sport that teaches life lessons the best. Quite simply, as in life and work, what you get out of it is directly commensurate with how much you put into it. The giving of one’s self to levels many/most will never understand.....perhaps that’s why our Military Special Forces Units actively recruit wrestlers, and the fact that former wrestlers have the greatest percentage of passing the rigors of those dynamic training requirements.....groups of men that require the utmost of selfless service and commitment to the extreme.

Lastly, There are over 800 High Schools in California. This year there were 27,469 young men who laced up a pair of wrestling shoes to represent those schools. There are 14 official weight classes in wrestling. Although not exact, if divided equally, that would equate to 1,962 young men in each weight class, yet there are only 40 of you who qualify for each weight in this tournament. YOU Son, are one of the 40 kids out of 800+ schools and roughly 2,000 other young men in your respective weight group qualified enough to compete in what is THE toughest State wrestling tournament in the Country! So then, there are a grand total of 560 wrestlers invited to Bakersfield this weekend, ALL of whom share the dream of winning their final matches. A dream, however, that only fourteen will realize. To those wrestlers who wrestle their last match this weekend, congratulations to you, no matter where you place. The reality is, there are no losers in this chosen sport of ours.....this combative sport.....this sport of arms.....this Gladiator sport of wrestling. YOU Son, have been prepared for the realities of life like no other athlete has been prepared, and I cannot adequately express to you how proud I am!

 

Love,

A Wrestlers Dad

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If all rumors are true Bosco has a solid chance. But we'll see in August whether this is true about the transfers. Three state champs with bonus points is hard to beat (Cade is that good) but the teams in the central valley are young and solid too, so saying any team is done is problematic. I would - if a gun was at my head - pick Clovis to win. Too much depth and points even if they lose in the championship bracket

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