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March 8, 2011 > CIF Wrestling Championships recap

CIF Wrestling Championships recap

By Sida Lu

Five Tri-City area wrestlers from the North Coast Section went to compete at the CIF State Championships on March 3 and 4 -- two from the Hayward Area Athletic League and three from the Mission Valley Athletic League. The tournament was hosted at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield and featured the best wrestlers in all of California wrestling head to head in 14 weight classes.

Enrique Barajas of Arroyo and Adam Busch of Castro Valley were the HAAL representatives. Last week, at the NCS finals, Barajas took second in the 125 weight class and Busch took fourth in the 160 weight class. Against tougher competition, both wrestlers faltered and experienced bad bracket luck as both met eventual tournament medalists early on in the bracket.

Barajas defeated Efre Rodriguez of Chico but lost to eventual second place finisher Vince Rodriguez of Clovis while Busch had the boost of a higher seeding but lost his first match against eventual winner Bryce Hammond of Bakersfield.

Nolen Kajiwara of James Logan and Jacob Pratt and Victor Pereira of Newark Memorial were the MVAL representatives. Kajiwara took fourth at the NCS finals, while Pratt finished third and Pereira dominated with a first place finish.

At the CIF Championships, however, Kajiwara faltered with a first round loss to Arroyo Grande's Uc Raul in the 140 weight class. Pratt put his 32-8 record on the line with a bout against Allsal's Luis Cessa but came up short and was eliminated. Victor Pereira, however, showed that his dominance on the mat wasn't limited to NCS matches as he finished the tournament 5-1, steamrolling through the best 125 weight class wrestlers from schools such as Foothill, Balboa, Servite, Clovis and Camarillo. Pereira would eventually finish second in the 125 weight class, losing to first seed Joey Davis of Santa Fe.

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